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  • Writer's pictureMichaela A de Guire

My experience with Pact Clothing

Updated: Apr 16, 2023

Of course every woman has a favorite dress she likes to pull on when in need of something easy and quick to wear and it can easily be dressed up or down. Am I right?

I have an organic cotton knit, summer dress that I love and got at a little boutique quite a few years back. I care for it greatly and it has traveled the world with me. I still love it and wear it frequently during the summer. However, I never expected to find a similar effect from another dress. Mostly because I thought it was a once in a lifetime sort of thing, kind of like finding your soulmate. Except this was with a dress.

Michaela wearing the mauve pact dress.
The mauve pact dress can easily be dressed up for a more sophisticated look or dressed down for more of a casual look.

I discovered pact clothing while surfing the web for sustainable fashion brands. Then as if google and facebook can communicate with each other (which they can because that's how the inter-webs work) every time I jumped onto facebook it would show a pact advertisement. The one I remember was a black dress that ended at tea length (halfway to the ankle from the knee). And the words that came across the screen said something about being modest and easily dressing for work, then dinner. I was intrigued to say the least. So, I followed the link.

I didn't expect to fall head over heels for the mauve dress, but I did… so, I ordered it. It arrived about eight days later, with me on the edge of my seat. It was in a simple brown cardboard envelope that read “pact, earth's favorite clothing”, I popped the envelope open and pulled the dress out. There was no receipt as it was sent to my email automatically, they do not (as far as I’m aware) insert shipping slips. It makes sense with their brand and all, saving just one packing slip per shipment could save a whole tree in no time at all. I immediately tried the dress on… unfortunately, the model, though she measured the same height as I (and I ordered it one size up from her already) had far smaller busts then I.

So, I jumped online and found the place where I could exchange my order. All you have to do is enter in your order number and postal code (zip code) and it will take you to a page with your order, you select what needs to be returned/exchanged and then select why and select the size you need, assuming your exchanging as I did. Pact will then generate a shipping label for you, and you print and tape it to the original packaging, tucking the garment(s) inside and resealing the package. I took mine to the post office and they took it from there.

It was so easy to exchange for the next size up, the hardest part was waiting for the correct size to arrive. Approximately one week later my dress arrived and it fit perfectly. I have worn it so many times, it truly is easy to dress up for a fancy event, such as a wedding, or dress it for a more casual event, such as out in the park with your girl-friends.

Boxes to be delivered.
Give Back Box Program

Something I later found that pact does is clothing donations, it’s called “The Give Back Box Program”. Pact partnered up with four organizations to help take any (not just the pact brand) lightly used/new clothes you do not wear off your hands and out of your closet. All you have to do is fill a box with unwanted clothes, shoes, accessories, etc. Then jump onto the pact website and download and print a free shipping label, cut and tape it to your box of goods and ship them off at the nearest UPS store near you!

As you know, I do not like to purchase much of anything with a company I hardly know, so in case you were wondering, did I research pact clothing before purchasing the dress? That answer my darling, is yes, I did. I scoured the internet and found there is room for improvement in regards to their transparency, especially regarding where their clothes are made and the source of their organic cotton. However, everything else aligned with my values.

Pact is sustainable in regards to how they make the clothes because of their certifications with Fairtrade and the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS), they must ensure they are constantly making the necessary efforts to reduce carbon emissions, water use, and waste that end up in the landfills. They also do not use toxic dyes or chemicals when manufacturing their clothes. Of course as you read in my above experience with pact, their shipping parcel is biodegradable and they use 100% recyclable paper envelopes which are made from 100% post-consumer recycled paperboard and cardboard boxes.

Cotton Field
Fairtrade is more then just fair wages, it's about the people who are working behind the scenes.

The Fairtrade International certification ensures a proper living wage for the employees, a commitment to social, environmental, and economic standards and of course safe working conditions for all. Something I recently learned regarding Fairtrade is the Premiums, which allow for a pool of money to be set aside for the employees to decide on how they want it spent, it could go toward childcare, lunches, or bonus payments.

All in all, I find pact clothing to be a gold nugget in a world of fast fashion. I know there are lots of sustainable fashion brands out there, and more popping up as we continue to see what the industry is doing to the earth and our fellow human beings. But we also have to pay close attention to details, and ensure the “sustainable clothing brands” are exactly that, truly sustainable, as we have learned, greenwashing is not a joke, and it is painful to see brands that are greedy for money playing pranks on people who do not fully vet or research the company before they purchase.

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