There is no one named Eddy…well there are many people named Eddy, but we’re not named any specific person. Our “eddy” is a nod to science and simple discoveries that make profound changes. Named after an eddy current, “eddies” flow in closed loop currents and create magnetic fields which are used for a variety of everyday things that we’re not even aware of. They separate coins in vending machines, keep your speedometer working, and can even stop a speeding locomotive! Most important to eddys brand is their use in recycling to quickly and automatically separate certain metals from other materials, making recycling extremely efficient. Ever wonder why you can throw aluminum, glass, and plastic in you bin for recycling in the same place? Eddies.
The fashion industry is a necessary evil. While it creates a lot of waste and pollution, we need to wear clothes. Adults can choose to consume less and consume responsibly, there are limited options for kids. Parents have no choice but to buy new items multiple times per year as kids outgrow their clothes. Eddys offers clothing that is created with upcycled, limited-waste materials, and natural dyes to eliminate part of the necessary evil.
Start at the beginning or at the end. We’re looking for ways to simplify the process and make it more circular so textiles do not end up in landfills. We’re trying to use less water and cause less emissions by keeping things local.
1 | Collect vintage cotton sweaters
2 | Unravel knit items to rescue yarns.
3 | Wash yarns and dry.
4 | Create ready to use yarn balls
5 | Knit new kids items
6 | Recolor with natural dyes
7 | Buy online only, no middle man
8 | Wear and love!
9 | Wash and love!
10 | Send it back to us when you’re done!
This is the current manufacturing process in fashion, here showing how sweaters are made. It’s messy, it’s convoluted, and this is simplified… In between every step is transportation of the materials to a new facility because all things do not occur in one space.
The biggest missing piece here are the folks behind all the machines that make this all go round.
1 | Cotton Farming, water consumption, emissions, pesticides, potential contamination of water with pesticide use
2 | Bales of cotton, wrapped at the farm and sent to the mill
3-6 | Cotton Gin, separates the seeds and debris from the fiber, uses water and CO2
7 | Cotton Fiber, the clean fiber from the gin is spun creating large spool and then split into smaller spools of knittable yarn
8 | Yarn is Dyed, water consumption, chemical consumption, potential contamination of water if dye baths are not disposed of properly
9 | Knitting, by machine, CO2, power to run machines, lights, keep proper temperature of delicate computerized machines
10 | Steaming or Washing
11| Polybags, polybags, polybags. Individual, in dozens, then by the case. All items. (why this is the bes product for the job) A necessary evil for the long haul ahead.
12 | The long haul…each containers is 40’ long, 8’ wide, 8.5’ tall and can fit 4 SUVs, the ships can hold 18,000 containers and travel 5700 miles across the pacific ocean, the trip takes 18 days.
13 | Retail, unpack and put in the shop.
14 | Wear and love!
15 | Wash and love!
16 | Disposal. This will vary, discard, hand down, donate.
I learned to knit sometime between collecting Polly Pockets and memorizing the Backstreet Boys lyrical library. I have been lucky enough to study fashion and enjoyed a decade long career in the field. With that being said, you also know that I dance to my own beat, which is why I am excited for the opportunity to be my own boss and explore my own ideas!
After working for companies who design and manufacture in mass for department stores and fast fashion retailers, I knew I needed to have a sustainable focus, creating something that would not contribute any more waste.
So, I launched eddys brand! What I’m most excited about is the take-back program! I’m re-collecting items of clothing that your baby or toddler have outgrown, whether it be an eddy’s item or an item from another company, and seeing that they go to families in need. I have partnered with a company who donates these items in good condition to children in need throughout the US. Items that can no longer be worn, can actually be recycled into yarn to make new clothes! Repurposing for a purpose!