Make a (small) change with A Lot To Say
Whether it’s supporting the environment, or standing up to cancer, the name says it all. A Lot To Say is a clothing and accessories company that truly stands behind the messages incorporated into all of its products. HellaWella chatted with Jennifer Stanich Banmiller, co-founder of A Lot To Say, to learn more about this innovative company.
Jennifer founded A Lot Say with her sister Alison Stanich Power. Both working in different careers—Jennifer as founder and CEO of consumer law marketing firm Wingtip Communications and Alison as executive creative director for McCann Erickson—the two decided they wanted to do something together to promote good causes.
Their first and biggest cause is the environment, and the sisters wanted to make sure it was something anyone could get behind.
“A lot of people think they have to be big advocates,” said Jennifer. “[A Lot To Say] is for people who want to make a small change.”
That small change can be as simple as purchasing a t-shirt or tote with such statements as “Love the planet, lose the plastic. Only 3% of plastic is being recycled. The rest winds up buried in landfills and can take between 200 to 400 years to degrade.”
A Lot To Say certainly practices what it preaches, as all of its products are made in the United States from 100% post-consumer plastic bottles. In addition, all clothing and accessories are colored and printed with a revolutionary AirDye process, which uses no water. Traditionally, dying one t-shirt consumes 15 to 25 gallons of water, which is then released back to the environment after being polluted with dye products.
That commitment to the environment earned A Lot to Say the distinction of being the first and only clothing line to be endorsed by the National Green Energy Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about environmental responsibility and promoting policy change to support a healthier planet.
And while other clothing made from recycled material may not be something we’d jump to wear, A Lot To Say stands behind the quality of its products.
“The material is super soft, travels well and washes well,” said Jennifer. “It looks really beautiful, [the message is incorporated] in the piece; it looks like a part of the piece.”
Aside from the environment, other causes A Lot To Say supports include gay rights and a partnership with Stand Up to Cancer. The company also has plenty of products that simply promote well-being, such as its yoga and meditation line that include encouraging messages like “breathe,” “om” and “meditate.”
A Lot To Say backs up its messages by donating more than 10% of its proceeds to charities, including the International Green Energy Council, Global Green, Stand Up To Cancer and the Animal Rescue Foundation.
And the company is getting a lot of support from such big names as Sienna Miller and Justin Timberlake. A Lot To Say even received a tweet from Yoko Ono to keep up the good work.
There is so much for A Lot To Say to say, and the company is always looking for new, positive messaging. Most recently, the company launched a destination line for such cities as New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, giving residents a new way to show their pride beyond the typical “I heart” t-shirts.
“We think of space we want to be in, address issues, think of a cause and then message from there,” said Jennifer.
A Lot To Say is available online at Alottosay.com, at the company’s flagship store at Fred Segal in Santa Monica, Calif., and at select retailers throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. For a complete list of locations, click here.