There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger and unhappiness. — Mahatma Gandhi
Only 3% of the apparel sold to us by American companies is made in the USA. Not because it's not possible. It's a choice. It's also a women's issue. Of the 40 million garment workers worldwide, more than 85% are women. The vast majority are trapped in poverty earning less than $3 a day. The answer to the riddle of how western brands keep profiting while clothes keep getting cheaper is that these garment workers are paying the real price. (The True Cost is an exceptional documentary on Netflix revealing the hidden world of what we wear.)
Manufacturing overseas for cheap labor to maximize profits isn't our thing. Because it comes at the price of what we value. As a company created by a woman, for women, Turbella products aren't made on the backs of other, more vulnerable women.
Turbella shower gear is made in California by craftspeople, mostly women, with jobs that earn a living wage in safe and environmentally responsible conditions.
It's not just what we're told, because that's not enough when it comes to people. It's what we see and experience.
Our factory is a quick trip from our Los Angeles office and we visit regularly. It's a cheerful place dedicated to quality. We have relationships with the people who make our products. And wouldn't have it any other way.