Tonle Boilerplate — DO NOT DELETE

Based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tonlé has created a positive impact in the country socially, environmentally and economically, making itself a unique force in the sustainable fashion industry. The group of 31 employees is made up of individuals with spirit, drive and dreams.

The journey of a Tonlé product begins in an unlikely place: a heaping pile of factory scrap material from mass clothing manufacturers. Their design team frequents the remnant material markets to scavenge through piles of factory castoffs before they end up in landfills. Creativity is key, as size, color, texture, and material continually vary. The excess fabric strips are tediously hand cut and individually sewn back into yarn. The yarn is then knit and woven into new pieces. Tonlé designers work side by side with the production team to plan collections that incorporate even the tiniest scraps into original looks. Tonle produces tops, bottoms, dresses and accessories.

Tonlé’s impact is significant: they have saved 10,000 kg of materials from landfill; saved 70,000 kg of CO2 from entering the atmosphere; saved 200 Kg of pesticides and saved 46,266,600 gallons of water. It also creates needed jobs for many Cambodians who need the work.

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