a clear conscience
hypocrisy ain't cool.
i can't preach equality and justice and social morality without extending all of that to my actual shirts. so, after considerable trawling and researching and comparing, i am delighted to say i've found a supplier which has provided me (and, ultimately, you) with the clearest of clear consciences.
this supplier has been a member of the fair wear foundation since 2006. the company's manufacturing facilities are regularly audited for social compliance, and are monitored in accordance with standards set out by international labour organisation, the ethical trading initiative. the social responsibility criteria adhered to by the company includes:
- no use of child labour
- no use of forced labour
- safe and healthy working conditions
- legal labour contracts
- payment of living wage
- freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
- no discrimination against employees
- no excessive hours of work
the company is also involved in a mission for sustainable manufacture. this sees production through economically-sound processes that minimise negative environmental impacts, while conserving energy and natural resources. it also enhances employee, community, and product safety. the particular range used for GRLCLB's t-shirts (earthpositive®) is made exclusively from 100% certified organic cotton.
they also take pride in their stringent method of sourcing yarns & fabrics - with the company itself controlling the spinning process of almost 70% of all the yarns used in products, with the remainder being carefully sourced externally. all yarns used are fully combed and ring spun. the organic certified fabrics used for my t-shirts are dyed in their in-house zero-discharge dyehouse, where all the water is recycled in a closed-loop system.
the t-shirts are also climate neutral - with the supplier becoming the first company in the world to calculate the carbon footprint and place the carbon reduction label on their textile products. they have reduced the carbon footprint by 90% through a combination of innovative product design, low impact organic agriculture, efficiency in manufacturing, and by replacing standard grid electricity with renewable wind power. they do not use carbon offsets and their footprint calculations are certified by the carbon trust certifications in the uk. it has been calculated that a single earthpositive® t-shirt saves around 7 kilograms of co2e.
long story short, this may be the greatest thing ever. as someone who was genuinely scarred for life by watching cowspiracy, it's no wonder that i am absolutely over the moon to be able to provide you with t-shirts that are so ethically sound. CARING ABOUT STUFF IS SO SO SO GREAT.