UStrive, Manufacturing Washable Face Masks and other Personal Protective Equipment in Los Angeles
Scott Wilson, President of UStrive Manufacturing, a Los Angeles based garment maker specializing in knitwear and is the first and only vertical clothing in manufacturer in North America to be certified to both the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and Textile Exchange’s Organic Contact Standard (OCS), the world two leading organic textile standards joins eHealth Radio and the Health News and Healthcare Channels. Most recently, UStrive has begun manufacturing washable face masks and other personal protective equipment in Los Angeles for the government, large corporations and other institutions.
Listen to interview with host Eric Michaels and guest Scott Wilson discuss the following:
Your company started out as a garment maker specializing in knitwear and you’ve currently added PPE to your manufacturing line up, how does a t-shirt manufacturer end up making PPE for medical and non-medical use?
How easy was it to transition your manufacturing plant into making the organic washable face masks and what kind of volume are you doing each month?
You’re currently the only manufacturer that can state your masks our organically dyed, why is that? What makes your face masks better than the run of the mill cloth masks being made by a ton of companies?
Being sustainable is a big part of what you do, can you give me some examples of how sustainability is core to your business practices/manufacturing processes?
Are you working on any other new products in the PPE space and is UStrive Manufacturing in it for the long haul?
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed all of us, and as we move into the phase of post COVID-19, what things have you learned as a good steward of the community and environment?
UStrive Manufacturing is a Los Angeles based garment maker specializing in knitwear and is the first and only vertical clothing in manufacturer in North America to be certified to both the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) and Textile Exchange’s Organic Contact Standard (OCS), the world two leading organic textile standards. USTRIVE enables brands to meet both Made in American and organic criteria throughout their entire supply chair from cut and sew to dyeing, finishing, screen printing, embroidering, packaging and storage-all within 12 miles.
In early 2020, USTRIVE ventured into the PPE space in developing a line of general purpose organically dyed washable face masks for adults & children during the COVID-19 pandemic; a reusable 2-ply general purpose masks begin with a cotton jersey inner layer coupled with a woven outer layer of poplin fabric, held in place with straps made of a cotton-spandex blend manufactuered to Kaiser and FDA guidelines for non-clinical use at Kaiser Permanente; a general FDA approval for a 2 PLY Medline non-woven polypropylene material mask with a non-latex elastic ear strap for clinic and medical use, which is currently, manufactured to Kaiser and FDA guidelines.
Scott Harper Wilson, grow up in North County of San Diego. An avid surfer, when not riding waves, Scott was drawing waves. His love and inherited abilities to draw lead him into lifelong career in the apparel industry. His love to the ocean has made him lifelong advocate for the environment and sustainability.
With over 30 years in the apparel industry, Scott has done it all. In the 80’s Scott took surf and beachwear to the inner mountain west with Expressions; a small chain of retail stores in Utah and Idaho. In 1992 Scott went from retailer to manufacture with the opening of Tour Image, Inc, a design and manufacturing facility in north county of San Diego. Specializing in golf and ready to wear clothing, Tour Image quickly became a leading provider to the golf and Parks and Attraction industries. In 2000 Tour Image won Vendor of the Year from Disney Worldwide Attractions for shipping one year without a single reject or return. In 2003 Tour Image won the International Parks and Attractions Associations Design of the year for a t-shirt design created for LEGOLAND World Parks.
From 2012 to 2017 Scott was Vice President of JS Apparel, a knitwear specialist located in Carson, CA. As VP, Scott has taken JS Apparel from a “t-shirt” manufacture to one to leading provider of fashion knit with sales of over 100 million dollars a year.
An advocate for sustainable ethical manufacturing, Scott does a lot of public speaking on the subject, and serve on the board of several related organizations including the advisory board of Cal Poly of Pomona. Scott is always working on ways to make the industry more sustainable, specifically reducing energy and water consumption associated with current printing and dyeing procedures.