Being environmentally conscious is one of our core values and as such we hold ourselves accountable. We are in no way perfect and there is always room for improvement, but we are constantly looking for more environmentally friendly ways to do things. Here's some stuff you should know...
All your garments are screen printed using pthalate free inks and are printed by hand (yes, very old fashioned we know, but we just like that hand finished look) by the lovely Richard & his faithful assistant David. They're based locally in Hove and sometimes we even pick the goods up on our bikes, so we are doing everything we can to keep down our carbon footprint!
Our clothing is made from organic cotton, but what does that actually mean? Here are 5 good reasons why organic cotton is a more sustainable option:-
1. Combats climate change
Organic farmers use natural methods to grow cotton, not fossil-fuel based fertilisers. By working with nature, farmers build healthy soils which store carbon and help to combat climate change. Organic cotton emits up to 46% less greenhouse gas than non-organic.
2. Saves precious water
Organic cotton is better for water than conventionally produced cotton. Organic farming creates healthy soils, which act like a sponge, soaking up water during floods and holding it for longer in times of drought. Hazardous synthetic pesticides and fertilisers are banned in organic farming, so rivers, lakes and drinking water are kept cleaner too.
3. Helps farmers feed their families
Organic farmers always grow other crops alongside their cotton. These crops can provide farming families and their communities with a more stable, accessible, abundant and diverse food supply and another source of income.
4. Gives control to farmers not GM companies
Genetically modified (GM) seeds are banned in organic farming, so farmers are not reliant on a handful of GM companies. Instead, they save their seeds year after year, and work with the environment in a long-term, sustainable way.
5. Eliminates hazardous synthetic pesticides
Organic farmers use natural methods like crop rotation to control pests and diseases, not chemical cocktails. Hazardous synthetic pesticides used in non-organic farming can damage ecosystems, poison waterways and endanger workers who can’t always afford safety equipment needed to protect them. Conventional cotton alone is responsible for 16% of all insecticides sold worldwide.
So, where do we get our organic cotton garments from?
All our garments come from certified GOTS, OEKO-TEX & Fair Wear Foundation factories.
GOTS is the Global Organic Textile Standard label. The strictest certification for textiles made from organic fibres. GOTS tracks the entire chain of production from farm to factory: from harvesting of the cotton, weaving of fibres, assembly of items, to the final product before printing, including even the export of the clothing! It certifies that the cotton is GMO-free and is grown without the use of chemicals and is processed and dyed without using any banned toxic substances.
GOTS also ensures compliance with the labour standards of the International Labour Organisation throughout the chain of production.
As you may have noticed some of our garments also contain up to 15% recycled polyester. This is to ensure that our sweatshirts are nice and soft against your skin, it is never in direct contact with the polyester, which is sandwiched between two layers of organic cotton.
The recycled polyester we use is approved by The Global Recycled Standard label, which certifies that the materials used are recycled: in the case of polyester, from plastic bottles, and for cotton, from cutting waste. GRS also guarantees compliance with social and environmental criteria such as treatment of waste water, the absence of certain toxic additives and respect for working conditions in factories.
OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certifies the absence of harmful chemical substances in all our products thanks to the “Confidence in textile” label. An independent testing and certification system that ensures that all raw, semi-finished and finished textile products are processed in a way that prioritises:
- The precautionary principle, which prohibits certain potentially harmful substances even where they are not (yet) legally banned
- The absence of chemical substances that are harmful to health and the environment
- A restriction on the lead content of dyes
The Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), is an international organisation that aims to improve workers’ conditions in the textile industry in South Asia. Supporting businesses to cooperate with suppliers, to the benefit of all workers, it carries out audits in factories every three years, and puts Corrective Action Plans (CAPs) in place, if deemed necessary.
We print on recycled paper. That's all you need to know!
Our tissue paper uses ink that is soy-based and our tissue is completely acid free and FSC Certified, so we can pack your parcels beautifully, without harming the environment. Plus every time we place an order for more tissue, more trees get planted, we even get to choose where!
- Soy ink is a kind of ink made from soybeans. As opposed to traditional petroleum-based ink, soy-based ink is more environmentally friendly and makes it easier to recycle.
- 'FSC' stands for Forest Stewardship Council, an organization that works to promote the practice of sustainable forestry worldwide. The Forest Stewardship Council ensures customers have the option to choose forest products like paper and wood that have been sourced in an environmentally-friendly, socially responsible and economically viable manner.
- Acid-free paper is paper that is infused in water, yields a neutral or basic pH (7 or slightly greater). It is also lignin- and sulfur-free.