OUR STORY & ETHICS
We believe in the adage ‘less is more,’ and intentionally create each piece to be of purpose and seamlessly adapted to all lifestyles. Arcaa prides itself in its high quality, versatile pieces that have the ability to with stand passing trends.
Arcaa was created by Australian designer Gemma Stanford in 2016. With a passion for conscious living and an understanding of the female form accumulated from years working as a designer, she now creates well-crafted, considered pieces that honour the female body and our environment.
Arcaa proudly supports PANDA, perinatal anxiety and depression Australia, with a donation commitment of $1 from every sale. Donations go towards staffing the Helpline, producing vital resources for families, and raising awareness so that more parents reach out early for support.
PANDA provides support to parents and families affected by anxiety and depression during pregnancy and within the first year of parenthood.
They are helping to shine a light on a very common, yet serious illness that affects up to one in five expecting and new parents.
Since 2021, Arcaa has donated $17,972 to PANDA.
Arcaa is ethically manufactured in certified factories in China. With audits completely yearly. Each factory is a family run businesses where employees are supported in a safe working environment.
We work very closely with our factories and visit them when possible, with the last time being March 2023. Having strong relationships with our factories is incredibly important to us in ensuring our mutual understanding and ethical improvements are nurtured and continue to develop.
Our factories are committed to producing high quality pieces, at the same time ensuring their employees are well looked after.
Knitwear is located in Guangdong and fleece in Zhuhai.
Arcaa values working with family run business that share our ethical values. Our factories share the same vision with us of continually in the process of improving the ethical journey.
Wherever possible we prefer to use fibres of a natural form or recycled in the most high quality.
GOTS Certified Organic Cotton - Natural, soft and clean.
Linen - Natural, durable and soft.
Recycled nylon and polyester from ocean waste.
All our printed and dyed fabrics are free from harmful chemicals.
Minimal Production Waste.
Many of our lifestyle pieces are of a knitted construction. Choosing this process provides less wastage in the production process compared to a woven construction. Each panel is knitted to the exact shape required. Therefore we don’t have leftover fabrics, only left over yarns that can be used for future developments.
We are aware there is an environmental cost to run our business, so we actively move towards becoming increasingly sustainable.
In the studio.
We use recycled paper.
We reduce/reuse where possible
We limit the use of air conditioning and unnecessary appliances
We participated in the NSW EPA Bin Trim program, to evaluate our space, maximize recycling and minimize waste
All orders are shipped in 100% compostable bags that break down in 3-5 years
We’re currently transitioning to use 100% recycled swing tags and cards