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A Lot to Say has a lot to say about eco-manufacturing

October 15, 2012|By Susan Carpenter
  • A Lot to Say T-shirts espouse protecting the environment. They're made from recycled plastic bottles at an eco-manufacturing plant in Chino.
A Lot to Say T-shirts espouse protecting the environment. They're… (A Lot to Say )

It's one thing to hang up a shingle with an eco-friendly clothing line. Setting up an entire, eco-manufacturing facility to make that clothing line requires a completely different level of commitment, but that's exactly what the sisters behind A Lot to Say Inc. took on when they established A Lot to Say Manufacturing in Chino recently.

Alison Stanich Power and Jennifer Stanich Banmiller were already successful with their fashion-forward lifestyle line trumpeting sassy eco logos such as "Love the planet, lose the plastic" and "Hot and getting hotter" in their flagship shop at Fred Segal Santa Monica for the last year. But last month, they decided to really walk the talk.

"We wanted to make sure our voice was heard in the written word as well as employing technology that would be greener," said Power, co-owner of a company that now manufactures, prints and sews everything in Chino using textiles made in Los Angeles from post-consumer plastic waste and a print process that's totally waterless. Whatever scrap pieces aren't sewn into a garment are recycled through West Coast Rags in L.A.

Founded with the goal of creating awareness and leveraging green technologies to change everyday products for the better, the manufacturing facility makes T-shirts and tote bags with recycled plastic bottles, each of which saves dozens of bottles from the landfill and 700 gallons of fresh water that would normally be used in the production of a simple cotton T-shirt.

The company's T-shirts are also recyclable.

"Our No. 1 goal is to create awareness and make it as easy as possible for consumers to make conscious decisions in their purchases," said Banmiller. "To do this, we not only had to think bigger, but greener as well."

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