At Miranda Bennett Studio (MBS), we build Sustainability into the everyday actions of our tiny company: from the packaging our flagship team uses to wrap our garments, to the non-toxic dyes our dye team formulates and applies in-house, to the fabric scraps we sort daily to ensure that 100% are diverted from landfills, and the biodegradable materials we source for our perennially-minded designs.

While we seek B-Corp Certification, we have found that as a small brand cut, sewn and naturally dyed in-house, many of the third party certifications available to evaluate, measure and report our ethical and sustainable practices are not engineered to measure our scale and particular production model.

After a deep look at our work and processes, as well as the areas in which we wish to grow, we have drafted the following pillars to hold ourselves accountable and measure our growth and goals in the coming months and years. Thank you so much for joining us on our holistic approach towards sustainability, we couldn't do this work without you.

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*as of August 2022 we currently employ 9 full-time team members and 4 part-time team members. This number includes our sewists, dye team and production director who all work in house to create our clothing.

PILLAR 01

CLIMATE IMPACT

We bring a critical yet creative approach to refashioning the
status quo.

Pillar 01 in depth:

Our goods are locally cut, dyed, sewn, packaged and shipped, reducing our carbon footprint, every step of the way. We don't ship samples, fabrics and sewn goods back and forth overseas per the status quo -- our manufacturing happens under one roof in Austin, Texas.

We use plant-derived, non-toxic dyes for the small batch colors in our collection. We keep chemicals out of our waterways and off our bodies by using non-toxic plant dyes. 

To source our dyes, we have organically grown plants locally without the use of pesticides, sourced byproducts from other industries that we collect, utilize, then divert from landfills, and purchase sustainably harvested plant materials that we source from a global network of suppliers.

We use Organic cotton and biodegradable textiles, no plastics or microfibers. We avoid the use of plastics in our textiles and packaging and work only with naturally derived, biodegradable fiber. Not using petroleum based textiles also ensures that we do not contribute irretrievable microplastics to our waterways.

pillar 02 in depth

From collecting and repurposing or recycling our fabric off-cuts to locally producing our garments, we’re consciously minimizing the waste we produce, every step of the way.


We treat our clothes as living things, much like the dyes we use to dye them and the plants we use to weave them. To honor their life, we encourage proper care of them while in use through garment care, and we carefully repurpose them once they are ready to be retired.

We design to minimize waste, and divert 100% of the fabric remnants left behind after cutting our apparel from landfills. Remnants that are not repurposed into new products are packaged into our Boro Bags for community use. Everything else is given to a local textile recycler. 

We also design around our textile remanants, creating entirely new products. When we can use our scraps rather than discarding them, we preserve and honor the energy, water, materials, and labor involved in their production.

We recognize that our community will ultimately retire their MBS goods, and offer an apparel take-back program that then filters into our Zero Waste program and annual studio sale.

Pillar 03

CONSCIOUS DESIGN

We design clothing and accessories that you'll reach for season after season.

pillar 03 in depth

We want to do more with less.

We make styles designed to last, spanning the ever changing seasons and our own ever changing sizes.

Our garments have deceptively simple silhouettes that can be worn many ways and are designed to flatter your shape as it is, both now and in the years to come. We eschew the norms of fast fashion by offering a core collection of styles year after year, enhancing the longevity of each piece.

By creating perennial clothing and embracing classic sillhouettes, we increase the versatility of our apparel.

PILLAR 04

COMMUNITY

We believe the whole is greater
than the sum of its parts.

pillar 04 in depth

Our all-woman team designs, manufactures, packages, and ships each and every garment at our home base in Austin, Texas. 100% of our garments are dyed, cut, and sewn in the United States, and all members of our team are paid a living wage in U.S. currency under U.S. labor standards. Through our staffing and model casting, we priortize diversity and representation.

Through the panels and events that we host at our Austin Flagship, we create space to platform, amplify and ally with histroically marginalized groups, creating space for communal healing and coming together.

Since 2020, we have reformatted our sizing schema to a new system based directly on in-person fittings and feed-back from our local community. The words and wishes of our fit models have entirely informed our new sizing program that now fits US sizes 00-32.

PILLAR 05

COMMITMENT

Consistently improving is more than our responsibility, it's our purpose for being a fashion brand.

pillar 05 in depth

Simply put, this is our declaration that we are committed to always improve the way that we operate -- from the benefits that we offer our team to the fabrics that we source and everything in between.