We make reusable cloth goods designed for daily rituals.
With 100% transparent sourcing and ethical manufacturing, the people whose hands make our products are just as important to us as the people who end up using them. When made and used intentionally, we believe that objects have the power to transform. Reusable and sustainable life goods remind us to slow down and reconnect – to ourselves, to nature, and to each other.
With GDS, we hope to create meaning in people’s lives through thoughtful products and community care, at every step in the chain of production.
We think about our materials the same way that we would think about food - as ingredients that come from the Earth and therefore have an impact on both people and planet.
The cotton we use to make our coffee filters is organically grown in Texas (read our blog post here for our thoughts on the problematic history of Texas-grown cotton and know that we are conscious of this issue) and milled in South Carolina. We work directly with the farms and mills to ensure that every step of the process is sustainable and ethical. No insecticides, herbicides, pesticides, or dyes are used, so the fiber is safe for brewing coffee and can even be composted in your garden once it’s reached the end of its life.
Our aprons are made from upcycled cotton produced by The New Denim Project in Guatemala. They collect scraps from local denim producers which are then shredded, mixed with a small amount of new cotton fiber, and re-spun into upcycled yarns. No dyes or chemicals are used in the process, resulting in a beautifully textured and durable fabric that will naturally lighten in color over time.
Our Production Process
There is no sustainability without fair labor. Building relationships with our production partners is a key part of our mission, and we hope that the transparency we give around this process will encourage you to ask more questions about how the things you buy are made, and who makes them.
All of our products are sewn in the U.S., either at a local Bay Area sewing house, or in-house at the GDS studio. The workers at our partner farms, mills, and sewing houses are all paid a living wage and work in safe conditions. We’re committed to having open and honest conversations with our production partners as we grow and continue to support international movements for workers rights.
3% For Justice
We redistribute 3% of our online sales to support organizations that protect civil rights, empower marginalized groups, and protect the environment. With every online purchase you make, your dollars are supporting an organization that’s invested in changing the world for the better.
From April 1 - June 30, 3% of your online purchase will be redistributed to Coffee Coalition for Racial Equity. CCRE was organized in July 2020 against the backdrop of a global pandemic, racial tensions and social unrest in cities across the United States and the world. Phyllis Johnson’s Open Letter to US coffee professionals offered a call to action to industry leaders to engage in envisioning a more inclusive future. In October 2020 the organization was established as a 501(c)(3).
In the past we’ve redistributed to The Or Foundation's Secondhand Solidarity Fund, Sogorea Te' Land Trust, Communities for a Better Environment, the Garment Worker Center, A New Way of Life Reentry Project, ANV Youth Urban Farm Project, The National Black Farmers Association, and RAICES since starting 3% for Justice in 2020.
About The Founder
Inspired by the trendsetting women in my family and a grandmother who was one of the most sought-after seamstresses in the town where I grew up, I followed in their footsteps by starting GDS in 2015. Growing up in Brazil deeply influenced my work, a place where in the 80’s, bakeries could be found every few blocks and skilled seamstresses still sewed a good portion of people’s everyday wardrobes. Community was the connection between everything, especially food and fashion.
With social and environmental justice in mind, my dream is for GDS to be a positive force in the world that generates community and joy. Through products that remind us to slow down, I hope that GDS customers will become more intimately connected to the impact that our purchases make on our direct neighbors as well as on people around the world.
Geana Sieburger, founder & designer