In episode 144 of the Disruptors for GOOD podcast, I speak with Adam Taubenfligel, Co-founder of Triarchy on the future of responsibly made denim and ethical manufacturing.
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Adam is an author and co-founder, Creative Director and Sustainability Steward for the fully sustainable fashion brand, Triarchy. In his day job, Adam is innovating fabric technology, traceability and reusability that minimize waste and maintain authenticity, relentlessly reducing waste at every possible juncture.
However, the bigger picture shows us a disruptive founder on his journey to discover how his identity as an author, sustainability steward, designer, LGBTQIA+ human in this space is all intersecting at this moment and leading to what’s next.
Triarchy was founded by siblings Mark, Adam and Ania Taubenfligel in 2011.
Since its inception, Triarchy has become known for its sustainable and ethical practices, as well as its trend-setting design.
The brand also uses eco-friendly processes to manufacture its jeans, such as using ozone technology to minimize water waste. In addition to its environmental credentials, Triarchy is also committed to social responsibility.
To Triarchy, sustainability means building a business that can operate sustainably as well as create sustainable products. “If we aren’t paying a living wage and supporting human and animal rights then we aren’t sustainable.”
All of the brands jeans and denim jackets are produced with responsibly made fabrics and washed with the most advanced sustainable laundry technology available.
Adam believes that sustainable brands have to be vetted by 3rd party resources in order to be able to claim sustainability at their core, and this is why they disclose all of sustainability data via 3rd party auditor GreenStory as well as exposing our supply chain via Retraced.
The brands Code of Conduct illustrates all of the morals and values in practical and executable points that they share with everyone they are about to work with to have them sign off on it before engagement.
The beauty of this level of transparency is that it secures the needs as a sustainable brand and also shines a light into areas where improvement can be made, allowing the brand to be aware of these areas.
Triarchy was initially a direct to consumer denim brand with not much but great jeans. However, as the brand continued to grow, the siblings noticed the incredible amount of water waste and chemical harm the denim manufacturing industry was having on the planet.
Instead of turning a blind eye, they checked their egos and stopped production, taking their brand offline in 2016 in order to find a better way to make jeans.
Three years later, after what seemed like an endless amount of research, Triarchy was reborn as the denim brand we know and love today. Responsibly made, with ethical manufacturing in mind.
Triarchy is not just a denim brand, it is a vehicle to educate consumers on mindful consumption and the now more than even importance of less is more. With its combination of style, sustainability, and social responsibility, Triarchy is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the world of fashion.
Responsibly made denim
Responsibly made denim is a great choice for eco-conscious consumers. Denim is typically made from cotton, which is a very water-intensive crop. In fact, it takes about 1,800 gallons of water to produce just one pair of jeans!
Fortunately, Triarchy offers responsibly made denim. They use organic cotton and employ methods that reduce water usage. As a result, they have a much smaller environmental impact than traditional denim brands.
Responsibly made denim is also usually more durable than conventional denim, so it’s a great choice for those who want their clothing to last. And because it supports ethical manufacturing practices, responsibly made denim is an investment in the future of our planet.
Grant is the founder of Causeartist, one of the most influential impact business platforms in the world. Since 2013, Causeartist has been read in over 150 countries. Grant has personally interviewed 700+ impact entrepreneurs from around the world, highlighting innovations in ethical fashion, climate change, ethical technology, impact investing, and sustainable travel.