Industry of All Nations Works to Develop Sustainable and Long Lasting Everyday Goods
Industry of All Nations
Los Angeles, San Francisco, NYC
At Industry of All Nations, we are inspired by how things are done. We are not a brand that exists just to fill up shelves. In this modern time it is so easy and in everybody’s hands to do anything, so the most important thing should be how we do these things. We aim to positively affect those around us and to provide opportunities to anyone who is out there working locally and well. We work together to develop clean and sustainable industries around the world using this to create noble and long lasting everyday goods.
IOAN is a company dedicated to bringing productions back to the original makers, teaming up with alternative manufacturing communities around the world to make product while leaving the smallest footprint possible.
As consumers, we reached extreme points of frustration and discontent when something needed to be purchased - from a pair of shoes to a t-shirt - they were all made in one or two Asian countries with the simple reason of it being cheaper to produce.
In 2010, Industry of All Nations began with a single pair of biodegradable shoes — and a simple but uncommon belief:
It's not what we do but how we do it.
Nearly a decade later, we are continually developing new environmentally-conscious production methods into an impactful reality.
We manufacture our products at the source of raw materials, giving the opportunity to villages, towns or countries not only to grow, breed or make these materials but also to develop the finished products. By re-setting productions standards, we thrive to encourage a new sustainable industrialization not only focused in one or two countries but spread all around the world.
We encourage our community to ask questions before buying anything: ask how is it made, who made it, where is it made, in that order. That question will hopefully start to reach leadership of companies and answers will start to arrive, but only if we remember to ask and don’t become shy or tired of questioning.
To us, shopping is like voting. It’s one of the most impactful actions we as individuals can make, rather than something mindless or fickle. Our goal is to raise the prestige of what a shopper is.
The IOAN unbleached/ undyed products are our favorite to us. Our 100% organic cotton t-shirts and pants, alpaca sweaters, recycled cotton jackets all have been made using only the minimum amount of processes and resources necessary to make them.
The less process the better for all!
The products we develop - no matter what they are, t-shirts today, cars tomorrow - are a medium to create life around them. We work with communities around the world, developing sustainable processes, and preserving the identity of people and places which are bound up in the products they make.
Some of our sustainable production projects include:
Undyed/unbleached and naturally dyed clothing in which we aim to create dialogue and research for two primary goals: 1) to respect and advocate for the usage of pesticide-free, non-GMO organic cotton; and 2) if dyeing is necessary, to use only 100% natural dyes. By issuing constraints on dyeing and washing processes, not only can we assure Clean Clothes on our skin, but cleaner rivers, oceans, soil, and air for everyone.
Our alpaca knitwear is undyed meaning that the color of the fibers comes completely from the superfine, natural hairs of the alpaca that are transformed into yarn for artisans to knit. The sustainable process of only using virgin fibers in their undyed state reduces pollution, conserves resources, and allows the natural qualities of the materials to be appreciated for what they are. The entire manufacturing cooperative based in Bolivia employs 1,200 families. From farmers in the highlands to fiber processors in the city, and the teams of women who knit the finished product from their homes, these families maintain ownership over the entire manufacturing process as well as its development. By working from home, the women can dedicate more time to family culture, while benefiting from stable living conditions and fair wages. Each of these aspects contributes to a larger process that supports local lifestyles, Andean craftsmanship, and the future of this community.
With the help of our IOAN partners The New Denim Project, we create upcycled products made from denim and cotton textile waste collected from factory mills and upcycled into new fibers, yarns, and fabrics. The sustainable production of each garment saves more than 1000 liters of water and does not use any dyes or chemicals in the process. This manufacturing process does not utilize any synthetic fibers, helping all of our yarns and fabrics remain 100% natural and biodegradable. We use a closed-loop system, where all material is transformed into one of higher value and utility, eliminating the concept of waste as even our waste from the upcycling process is later used as compost to grow specialty coffee in the highlands of Guatemala.
Our IOAN sunglasses’ frame material is made from cellulose acetate, a non-petroleum based plastic made from vegetable fibers. It is strong, lightweight, hypoallergenic, and made from a renewable resource. A biodegradable material, under the right conditions acetate can decompose in a period between 4 to 9 months.