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Our Sustainability Choices

When it comes to sustainability, we believe that context is everything. Developing countries like Cambodia will bear an inordinate share of the forecasted impact of climate change, and we believe that large-scale action starts with the small things we do every day. Our relationship to the world around us informs our decisions, both as a manufacturing company and a clothing label. We are not perfect, but we are continually working on ways to improve our impact on the world. We invite you to visit us to learn more. 


      • We work with as many locally-available remnant materials as possible, also known as "deadstock" which saves these fabrics from ending up as waste in the environment and releasing toxic chemicals into our waterways. Currently, we use approximately 5,000kg of deadsock fabric per year and aim to reach 10,000kg annually by 2025. 
      • Our collections feature garments made of 90-95% cotton fabrics, as natural fibres tend to decompose better than synthetics.
      • We do not use harsh chemicals onsite and all cleaning products (inclusive of washing powder) are chemical-free. 
      • We run our production studio off majority tank water, as it rains at least once every week in Kampot. 


      • All online orders are packed in mesh laundry bags to prevent the use of plastic packaging and prolong the life of each garment.
      • All wholesale orders are packed in large reusable fabric bags.
      • Neck and care labels are made with Certified Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 Polyester (free from harmful substances). 
      • Swing tags are printed on 100% recycled card using vegetable ink, non-bleached string and safety pins.
      • Online orders are packed in home-compostable mailers from  The Better Packaging Co.
      • We deliver the majority of online orders via  Sendle, a 100% carbon neutral courier service. 


    1. Dorsu does not and has not used leather or any other animal based materials in our supply chain. 
    2. We also do not support the use of plastic and synthetic based alternatives to leather. We prefer to use upcycled materials whenever possible and this sometimes contains upcycled synthetic materials, but we always avoid the use of even upcycled animal-based products. 
    3. We do not discriminate against Indigenous people who are using animals in a respectful way, but as a brand that largely sells to the global north, we cannot condone the practices within global supply chains, largely built through colonization, for animal products. When we discuss our advocacy around leather, we are careful to acknowledge that this is a problem that has been caused by huge agro business and coporations, not small and indigenous farmers or hunters. 


    We make a point of supporting local industries, building long-term partnerships with trusted independent suppliers whom we know share our values. Having direct access to our partners in the supply chain means we are able to visit them regularly to ensure not only the highest possible standards but also that our Supplier Code of Conduct is adhered to. Our Supplier Code of Conduct outlines the minimum ethical and environmental standards we require from our partners, including safe and hygienic working conditions, non-excessive working hours and ensuring Living Wages are paid. It also outlines the high standards our suppliers can expect of us.

    As provisional members of the World Fair Trade Organization, we are committed to responsible business practices and to identifying, preventing, and remediating the human impact involved in running our business. Our Supplier Code of Conduct includes all aspects of the ETI Base Code, and is also informed by the Ten Principles of the United Nations Global Compact and The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

    Sustainability is an ongoing and evolving commitment. Each Dorsu manager monitors our working sustainability practice, and the Managing Director reports regularly to all stakeholders.


    • We are looking into solar power options for our production studio.
    • We are working towards partnering with an international shipping company that offsets carbon emissions for all shipments out of Cambodia. 

      If you would like to know more about our working practices and commitment to sustainability, please contact us at hello@dorsu.org