SUppliers

We believe it's super important to know where stuff comes from and how it's made. We only work with like-minded suppliers that meet our rigorous social and environmental standards, so here's a bit about them.

We're always working to be as transparent as possible so this page will continue to evolve - check back every now and again to read more about who made your clothes.

Recycled Tees

Made in collaboration with the legends over at The Common Good Company.

These ones are made from 60% recycled pre-consumer cotton and 40% recycled post-consumer PET (plastic bottles).This minimises resource use and the demand for raw virgin materials.

 

In comparison to conventional cotton tees it saves:

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Produced ethically in Tamil Nadu, Southern India, the facility complies with:

  • Fairtrade

  • Social Accountability International (SAI) - SA8000

  • SEDEX Audit

  • UN Global Compact

  • International Labour Organization (ILO)

And also has the following internal initiatives:

  • Gender Responsive Workplace

  • Zero Waste Initiative

The material also meets the Global Recycle Standard (GRS).

Click here to learn more about what these certifications mean and why they're important.

Organic Cotton
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Most of the tees in our range are made from organic cotton grown utilising sustainable agricultural practices. They are made in a facility in Tamil Nadu, Southern India that utilises renewable energy, reducing the carbon footprint of the tee by 90%. Additionally, the facility undergoes annual audits to comply with the FWF Code of Labour Practices in accordance with the International Labour Organisation’s conventions.

Organic cotton is non-GMO, grown free from harmful synthetic fertilisers and pesticides that degrade the soil and pollute waterways.

Our supplier complies with:

  • Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

  • Fair Wear Foundation Member

  • Soil Association Licensee

  • Oeko-Tex Standard 100

Read more about these and more here.

 
More about the initiatives + Standards
Recycled Tee suppliers
Global Recycle Standard (GRS)

The GRS is an international, voluntary, full product standard that sets requirements for third-party certification of recycled content, chain of custody, social and environmental practices and chemical restrictions.

Read more about the standard here.

sedex Audit

Sedex is designed to help Auditors conduct high quality audits that encompass all aspects of responsible business practice, covering Sedex’s four pillars of Labour, Health and Safety, Environment and Business Ethics. Sedex conduct an audit of the facility annually.

Read more about them here.

International Labor Organisation (ILO)

The ILO Standards are aimed at promoting opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work, in conditions of freedom, equity, security and dignity.

Read more about them here.

zero waste initiative

The Common Good Company manufacturing facility implements:

  • Zero-waste cutting process to ensure no fabric is wasted during the cutting phase.

  • Factory spill is remanufactured and used in future purchase orders with no impact on quality on production

  • Yarn waste is sorted for recycling to ensure the fabric gets a new life.

Social Accountability International (SAI) - SA8000

The standard is based on internationally recognised standards of decent work, including child or forced labor, health and safety, and freedom of association amongst other elements.

Read more about the standards here.

United nations Global Compact

The UN Global Compact provide a principle-based framework, best practices, resources and networking events that have revolutionized how companies do business responsibly and keep commitments to society.

Read more about it here.

Fairtrade

Fairtrade standards ensure rigorous environmental, social and economic criteria are met to tackle poverty and empower producers.

Read more about the standards here.

Gender Responsive Workplace

The Common Good Company manufacturing factory supports women living under tough economic conditions. In addition to receiving a fair wage, they’re provided supportive healthcare and participate in professional development programs aimed at empowering and building individual capacity. 

 
Organic Cotton Tee suppliers
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

Under the GOTS farmers and field workers are protected by stringent social criteria and by the ban on the use of poisonous chemicals that can severely the health of farmers and their families. All of the cotton is also non-GMO, reducing associated impacts on livestock and human health as well as crop genetic diversity

Read more about the standard here.

Soil Association Licensee

The Soil Association ensure every product is certified GOTS, encompassing the farming, production and distribution,
and ensuring full traceability of every product.

Read more about them here.

Oeko-tex 100

The Oeko-Tex 100 Standard is a guarantee of the safety of textiles and dyestuffs to human health. It also means they take more
care in adopting environmentally friendly production methods throughout the manufacturing process.

Read more about them here.

Fair wear foundation member 

FWF exists to promote fair labour conditions in the textile industry worldwide. The Code of Conduct is a contract between the factory and FWF and incorporates the following
eight labour standards:

 

  1. No use of child labour 

  2. No use of forced labour

  3. Safe and healthy working conditions 

  4. Legal labour contract 

  5. Payment of a living wage 

  6. Freedom of Association and the right to collective bargaining

  7. No discrimination against employees 

  8. No excessive hours of work 

Read more about the FWF here.

waste reduction

The production facility implements the following to reduce waste:

  • After ginning (separation of cotton lint & seed) much of the cotton seed can be used to make cotton seed oil and food for cattle.

  • During the spinning process. The shorter cotton fibres are separated and used to 
    make lower quality textiles

  • All leftovers from the cutting/dyeing stage are used for rope or second quality clothes production.

Reduced water use

Ahmadabad in India (where the cotton is grown) receives up to 95% of its water from the monsoon rain. Monsoon rain reduces the need for large-scale irrigation projects normally associated with conventional cotton farming, which often deprive local villages of scarce water resources by draining lakes and rivers.

  • Organic cotton requires less water

  • Organic cotton root systems are deeper

  • Soil containing organic matter has greater water retention

Water Stewardship

The processing of the dye effluent takes place in a controlled closed-loop purification system that uses treatment ponds, sand filtration and reversed osmosis to convert the waste water into clean water.

  • Waste water - 93% reclaimed

  • Waste products - negligible

  • Damage to local water systems - nil

Low impact Farming

The organic cotton is planted and harvested by
hand, without machines. Additionally, organic farming does not use petroleum based chemical fertilisers, pesticides or herbicides, and therefore is less reliant on fossil fuels.

Green Energy

The primary energy source for the production facility consists of 30 wind turbines that turn wind power into clean renewable energy. By switching to renewable energy the carbon footprint of the apparel has been reduced by 90%.

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