N.A.bld focuses primarily on inventory as the starting point for tackling fashion waste. This type of waste arises from trying to sell clothes that customers don’t want — whether from inventory mismanagement or bad merchandising judgement. N.A.bld allows brands to test products and react quickly to customers by giving them a way to produce only what sells on-demand or as needed in limited quantities with just-in time manufacturing.
N.A.bld brands get access to a vetted network of no-minimum US-based manufacturers. All manufacturers are vetted through an end-to-end run and must comply with our Manufacturer Code of Ethics. Near-shoring production gives N.A.bld and our brands more visibility into the practices of our production partners and allows us to establish a mutually beneficial relationship while maintaining and growing skilled manufacturing jobs in the USA.
Fabric pollution is perhaps the biggest issue as it is furthest down in the supply chain. Many micro-brands do not have the resources or visibility into large fabric suppliers. On N.A.bld, our brands are fully responsible for their material choices. We make sure brands have access to resources with preferred sustainable fabric suppliers, on-demand printing, and deadstock fabric deals. As an on-demand platform, brands can use N.A.bld to limit production run amounts automatically in their production process and therefore only use as much material as needed.
In 2016, the United Nations (UN) developed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all. The environmental and social implications of traditional fashion production and disposal, make integrating the 17 Sustainable Development Goals into the apparel and manufacturing industry highly important. Learn more about the UN SDGs here.
At N.A.bld, we support the SDGs in two ways:
1) Our marketplace Nineteenth Amendment supports the UN’s SDG 12: "Responsible Consumption and Production" where brands only produce what is sold locally in the USA. Shoppers are informed at each step of the process about how and where their product is being made. This approach to transparent inventory-free retailing results in a 500x less carbon footprint compared with traditional retail models.
2) N.A.bld supports SDG 9: "Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure" by redesigning a sustainable, ethical and digital supply chain to increase access for fashion entrepreneurs and production partners to help both thrive while supporting a more environmentally friendly business model. Our technology helps brands and manufacturers bring products to market faster than traditional overseas models for product development and production while enabling small batch, local production.