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Good Garms

Overview

The fashion industry is a mess. It鈥檚 built on exploitation. Clothes are getting cheaper and cheaper.聽You can buy a t-shirt for 拢2. That 拢2 needs to cover materials, labour, transport, storage and many other things. It doesn鈥檛 add up.

Which means corners need to be cut somewhere. Using cheaper, lower quality material. More chemicals on the crops to keep up with demand. And worse treatment of workers so they鈥檙e overworked, underpaid and not in safe working conditions.

It pushes this throwaway culture, where things are so cheap it doesn鈥檛 matter if you wear it once then throw it. But there鈥檚 a huge environmental and societal impact. Around 10% of the world鈥檚 emissions are linked to it. One of the most polluting industries that exists 鈥 more than the worlds flying and shipping combined.聽And there鈥檚 no shortage of stories about horrific work conditions, exploitation and mistreatment of workers.

Good Garms is a side project I聽started with my partner. We鈥檙e making Good Garms because we think finding sustainable聽clothes should be easy. Clothes that don't sacrifice quality, the planet, or the people that made them.

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My contribution

Product strategy User research Branding Product design

The team

Year

2020

Buy less by knowing more with Good Garms

Process

Kicking the work off

We started working on Good Garms back in May 2020. We had a rough idea of what we wanted to do 鈥 so we ran a few lightweight branding exercises. We came out of these activities with a name, and some brand values. We managed to get the .com domain.

We quickly put together a holding page. We wanted to capture emails of people that showed early interest. And it gave us time to figure out what Good Garms was actually going to be.

Procrastination

This is when procrastination set in. We had 9 months of not working on the project. We had a working early version of Good Garms in place. We had a few sustainable products on the site, the mechanics in place to add a rating, and even our first couple of affiliate partnerships.

A hard deadline to release

We got to a point where we just needed to release it.聽And get it out in the world. As we were doing nothing with it. We set a deadline 3 or 4 weeks in advance. And set a date that we would launch Good Garms on Product Hunt. March 2021 we launched on Product Hunt. Overall it went pretty well 鈥 we got a good spike of traffic and loads of valuable feedback on the product. We also made our first affiliate sale on that day.

Building out a new homepage

From the start of this project 鈥 Good Garms never had a typical homepage. When you landed on Good Garms, you go straight into browsing the clothes.

So to try and change this I set myself a challenge. I wanted to design and build a new homepage for Good Garms in just one day. I also live-tweeted the process 鈥 so you can follow step-by-step here:


Good Garms logo
Good Garms logo
A selection of sustainable clothes on Good Garms
Image of the Good Garms website
Three images showcasing the Good Garms product
Two close-up photos of garments

Outcome

Good Garms is an ongoing project. We spend time as and when we can alongside life. Our focus now is how we build a steady steam of traffic that get value from Good Garms. Building out relevant content around sustainable fashion. And continuing to learn how people use the site and how it could be better.

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