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Production Partner: Tamil Nadu, India
We work with Continental Clothing’s EarthPositive® and Salvage ranges.
EarthPositive®’s collection is entirely made from organic Indian cotton and is certified with GOTS. Also, for the past 5 years the company has been the largest organic textile licensee of the Soil Association. Continental Clothing has been a member of the Fair Wear Foundation since 2006 and has a responsible ethical manufacture. EarthPositive® undergoes annual audits to company with the FWF Code of Labour Practices in accordance with the International Labour Organisation’s conventions.
Their ethical practices doesn’t stop at their high labour standards. EarthPositive® is made in manufacturing facilities powered by green renewable energy, from low-impact raw materials. The carbon footprint of EarthPositive® products has been reduced by some 90% and the calculations certified under the PAS2050 standard by the Carbon Trust in the UK.
The Salvage collection uses cuttings from organic cotton textile production, shred them and turn them back into soft cotton fibres. Fibres made from locally recycled plastic bottles from the sea is added to obtain an organic cotton and recycled polyester blend. The blended fibres are spun into fine yarn and a new fabric is created.Salvage products are certified under the Global Recycle Standard (GRS) and the Organic Content Standard (OCS) by the Control Union Certifications.
The latest and most efficient and hi-tech machinery is used and the factory is lit almost completely by natural light. Energy consumption is minimum. From beginning to end, their production line take its carbon footprint back to pre-industrial levels.
For more than a decade, they’ve worked with the same farmers in the region of Ahmedabad and has come to know them and their families well. The farmers don’t use pesticides, instead, they use traditional methods to manage the soil and control pests and weeds. These enhance the lush biodiversity of plants, worms, insects and birds. Five or six months after sowing seed, the farmers harvest the cotton by hand.
From Ahmedabad, the clean, organic cotton fibre is transported one thousand miles to Tirupur, an industrial city in the state of Tamil Nadu. There it’s turned into T-shirts.
EarthPositive® pioneered the model for a “green supply chain” - taking organic through spinning, fabric production, dying and wet processing to final manufacturing and distribution. The factory also produces 30% more electricity than it consumes through wind turbines and solar panels.
They’re also looking into improving labour standards. For example, by facilitating open elections to a number of workers’ committees, they enables workers to contribute they views. Internal initiatives for improvement also include a scheme to provide personal hygiene products to female workers who could not otherwise afford this “luxury”. The facility is SA-8000 certified, working to develop maintain and apply socially acceptance practices in the workplace. It also works to raise awareness among managers about labour standards and communication.
UNCAPTIVE is proud to be partners with one of the most modern and ethical garment factories in the whole of Asia.