Mission: Founded on the principles that clothing should be produced in a way that embraces people and causes as little harm to the environment as possible, Dorsu was established to set an example within the Cambodian and global garment industry.
Focus: Featuring timeless basics, Dorsu focuses on quality above all else, meticulously designing slow fashion for everyday wear that can be worn across seasons. They produce using remnants from Cambodia’s garment industry, repurposing material destined for landfill or incineration.
Dorsu’s overall impact score is an A+. Dorsu shows true dedication to caring for people & animals by prioritizing living wages and banning animal-derived materials from its production. Dorsu cultivates community by hiring diverse garment workers locally and reinvesting profits into the neighborhoods that surround it in Cambodia.
On a mission to upcycle remnant materials and divert waste in the fashion industry, Dorsu works exclusively with deadstock—excess fabric destined for landfill. It has plans to develop a take-back program, in which Dorsu products can be sent back for upcycling once more, resulting in a circular/closed-loop model. Despite all the amazing things Dorsu is doing, it continues to strive for more by developing an emissions strategy to improve its Climate Change & Energy Impact score. Dorsu truly sets the standard high for responsible fashion!
Disclaimer: Transparency around deadstock materials is severely limited. Sellery requires our brands to disclose where they source their deadstock from—however, brands rarely have a line of sight into the raw material sourcing, milling, or spinning of the deadstock fabrics (Tiers 4, 3, and 2). Additionally, they are unlikely to have the leverage to demand such information from their deadstock suppliers. Sellery welcomes deadstock brands that meet our disclosure standards within the parts of the supply chain that they can control. The work they do is important in diverting textile waste from landfills, making a more responsible future for fashion. To learn more about deadstock and its challenges, check out our blog post here.
This assessment is aspirational, meaning that a perfect score is unattainable due to current technological and systemic industry limitations. The assessment points obtained are converted to an 11pt rating scale (A+ to F). The ratings are weighted to reflect current day possibilities and best-in-class practices, but also leaves space for brands to move towards true and full sustainability as newly designed systems, processes, technology and innovation allow. Any rating at or above a C is an excellent score by comparison to traditional fashion brands.
The scores are calculated using a normal distribution determined by the mean and standard deviation of the scores of over 60 “traditional” fashion brands (brands with missions that do not focus on addressing social and environmental harms of the industry). These are based on assessment scores determined by Re/Make. Further details of Sellery’s normal distribution calculations will be made public with our next phase of website development.
Learn more here: Brand Impact Rating System
% of Possible Points Earned
|0%-8.9%||8.9% Traditional Fashion Average Score
0=worst scoring brand: Ross
*Traditional fashion are fashion brands whose mission does not prioritize environmental or social impact. See scores of several popular, traditional brands in the question section of our Brand Impact Rating page.
See assessment questions and point values here:
A+ Responsible textile use & growth regulation
A+ Water Impact & Hazardous Chemical Management
B Garment Lifecycle
C Climate Change & Energy Impact
A+ Worker Rights, Wages, Health & Well-being
A+ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
A+ Business Practices & Policies
A+ Animal Welfare
A Supply Chain Traceability
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