Ethical T-Shirt Printing - How to ensure your printed t-shirts are eth


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Millennials now represent the world’s most important consumer category, with $2.45 trillion in spending power . And brands are paying attention, with an acute awareness that 70% will spend more on brands that support a cause they care about. The increasingly interconnected population, combined with a sharing economy, has resulted in consumers caring a lot more about social responsibility and this is reflected by their purchasing decisions. With this in mind brands now more than ever need to be committed to genuine ethical practice and sustainability throughout their supply chain; from the raw materials to the finished product, shipping & marketing.


Ethical clothing is produced in a way that meets ethical standards, protecting the human rights of the people producing the products in developing nations. Many suppliers and brands have their own certification systems and audit their facilities (where possible) themselves. While we appreciate this may be a step in the right direction, we think we have a better solution. We work with Manufacturing Partners who have certification from reputable third party organisations (eg. Fairtrade Foundation or Fair Wear Foundation); this ensures we can guarantee the world class ethical standards we boast. What makes ethical clothing, “ethical”?


Unfortunately, this is quite confusing. So to paraphrase the great Sheldon Cooper : “all Fairtrade is fair trade, but not all fair trade is Fairtrade”. And “fairly traded” that’s a term all on its own. Fairtrade vs fair trade vs fairly traded – What is the difference?


Fairtrade vs fair trade Fairtrade is a brand of the Fairtrade Foundation, the organisation that governs the fair trade movement in the UK. In other countries, different organisations are in charge If you’re buying something that is CERTIFIED as Fairtrade or fair trade, it will conform to the following principles: Fair prices paid to producers and workers, that allows them to live, and not just survive. Safe working conditions, no child labour and non-discriminatory working conditions Two sides, fair trading practices


So what is fairly traded? Fairly traded can mean a lot of things, there is little to no policing behind it. Although this doesn’t mean that the products aren’t ethical. But without a certificate to guarantee this claim, you should double check. You should ask: On what is the claim of being “fairly traded” based? Can the products be traced through their supply chain? What safeguards are in place to ensure that this is monitored and the standards are adhered to, consistently You may see other variations of this, these include “fair-trade”, “fair trade” and many more. Anything without a certificate should be a red flag. To be 100% certain that your products are genuine Fairtrade also look for the Fairtrade Foundation logo. If you’re in doubt, ask.


The difference between Fairtrade and Fair Wear products. Both are quite similar in the sense that both are trying to achieve the same goal, with shared core values, however it’s the approach that is slightly different. Through this shared goal, but different approaches, both companies are often able to work together, complimenting each other. The Fairtrade Foundation & the Fair Wear Foundation


Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) An independent non-profit organisation, working towards creating fairer, better working conditions within the manufacturing side of the garment industry. Holds brands accountable for where the products are sewn, cut, washed etc, thereby keeping a focus on the large manufacturing end of the supply chain Focus solely on the garment supply chain, rather than different industry sectors


Fairtrade Foundation Fairtrade Foundation, a UK based charity working to alleviate poverty and create sustainable development for producers in developing countries. Fairtrade, has a focus on small producers in the developing world (down the supply chain), helping to alleviate poverty for these producers Broader focus across an array of sectors ie. Cotton, Coffee, cocoa


Other certifications to look out for Other reputable certifications available to ensure your products are ethical include: SA8000 Is based on the principles of international human rights norms. GOTS Ensures the textiles are made using raw organic materials and environmentally and socially responsible methods. Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production Dedicated to promoting safe, lawful, humane, and ethical manufacturing around the world through certification and education.


Benefits to ethical clothing Ethical clothing is often of better quality, and lasts longer Buying (or selling) unethical clothing can have many negative impacts for a business Better quality clothing often lasts longer, meaning you don’t have to make repeat purchases as often Ethical clothing can provide a great PR and marketing opportunity Ethical clothing can in some instances be almost as cost effective as non ethical alternatives It’s the right thing to do, and ensures a stable supply chain for years to come


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