It’d be a rare hospitality worker these days who hasn’t complained about their uniform at some point … too hot, too cold, inconvenient, ugly, poorly designed – we’ve suffered them all. Day Seven is out to change that. Day Seven is a fledgling business that custom makes ethical, practical front of house clothing for hospitality staff. Founded by former real-life waitress Molly Kent, Day Seven is set to leap off its Kickstarter beginnings and take on the industry with all aprons blazing.
But blazing in a comfortable, eco-friendly way, of course, because Molly is serious about practicality and sustainability. Her fabrics are made of all-natural, low-impact bast fibres (fibres made from plants such as hemp, flax and jute). Her garments are locally produced. Her production runs are customised to minimise wastage. She also actively connects with and supports other small local businesses, from photographers to designers to travel agencies, knowing that we all need each other to flourish.
Molly has also found a way to make up for some of the inevitable environmental impacts that come with operating any small business – she’s planting trees.
Day Seven has purchased one hundred trees from Fifteen Trees, which were planted recently at the Esoteric Festival Site, in Donald VIC. Anyone purchasing Day Seven clothing will also be contributing to building habitat and securing the future of our native wildlife and threatened landscapes as well as keeping the good folks at the annual March festival a little cooler and happier.
I don’t know about you, but I want to live in a world where my barista is as comfortable as possible. I want the person finding me a table to be in a good mood. I want to know that my favourite cafe is thinking about the well-being of its staff and the planet. Day Seven can help with all that, and so can Fifteen Trees. Dress sustainably, plant trees, think local to act global. It’s a recipe for the future.
Article by Sarah Hart.
Sarah is an emerging self-taught artist whose passions include the stories and experiences of women and narrative driven creative work. Her aim is to delight, to reveal glimpses of everyday beauty, and to celebrate flights of the ordinary. Sarah works across a range of media, with an abiding interest in pen and ink, mixed media and the human form.