Our Eco-Processes

Earth-Minded fashion is essential to a healthy and thriving future for our planet.


Why Now?

"If the fashion industry does not accelerate its response to climate change, it will by 2030 produce around twice the volume of emissions required to align with Paris Agreement global warming pathways.

From rising sea levels, to extreme rainfall and more powerful heatwaves, the consequences of climate change can no longer be ignored.

All players in the fashion cycle have the potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions and help put the industry on the 1.5-degree pathway, through coordinated decarbonisation efforts or sustainable consumption choices."

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Made To Order

Onepaʻa Hawaiʻi uses mindful, ethical production processes in the form of made-to-order products. This limits waste and avoids overproduction by producing only what is ordered. Small batches will be ordered for local, seasonal markets.


The Made-To-Order model allows us to reduce carbon emissions with direct to consumer shipping. Strategically located fulfillment centers allow for faster shipping times and lower shipping costs, which helps reduce CO₂ emissions; when compared to traditional fulfillment practices. Please allow 7-9 business days for delivery.


Direct to consumer shipping means that at times your products may arrive from more than one location and in different packaging. Products currently ship in either a grey 90-100% post-consumer recycled poly mailer or a 100% post-consumer recycled paper mailer. We are currently working to transition all mailers to our new 100% post-consumer recycled paper mailer.

A Launching pad

Made To Order

In traditional retail, products are made in large quantities, often exceeding market demand. One in every five garments reaches a landfill without being worn even once, making it a major contributor to environmental damage.

By choosing the made-to-order model, apparel is created only as the order is placed, creating less fabric waste than conventional manufacturing.

This model allows us to learn what works and what does not while avoiding textile waste from overproduction.

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What Does "Post-Consumer" Mean?

"Post-consumer" is a term used to communicate that virgin materials, and the resources they come from, were avoided in the production of that item. A vitally important step in the decarbonisation pathway.

water based & non-toxic


Direct-To-Garment, or DTG, is a printing method that sprays ink onto the garment. The ink then soaks into the fibers of the garment. These printers can often use water-based inks free of harmful chemicals. However, they can be prone to snags from velcros or scracthy surfaces, especially on the darker prints.

Screen Printing, a traditional method of printing, is where ink is pushed through a woven screen onto the fabric. The ink doesn’t soak into the fabric, but lays on top of the product and typcially uses a lot of water with plastisol inks that don’t biodegrade.

Today 95% of items in our store use the DTG print method and we are working to phase out the rest.


Everything we make, takes.

Consumerism on a global scale needs radical change. Our capacity is limited, but we can stay true to our kuleana. Kuleana is our anchor. We do our due diligence, improving small areas as we grow so we can all grow together. This is the way.