People in our Supply Chain
We are proud members of the Better Cotton Initiative from December 2019. BCI supports better environmental practices and better livelihoods and working conditions for farmers and farm workers. We have chosen to become part of a global initiative in order to secure a more sustainable future for the cotton sector.
GOTS Certifications At Factory Level
Our main formal shirting manufacturing facility has strong corporate responsibility policies in place offering free eye tests, health supplements for workers and high standards of workers’ health and safety. The factory is also GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified one of the most trustworthy certificates in the industry. You can access this certification here:
Social/ Environmental Standards in Our Supply Chain
Our factories and manufacturing facilities are compliant with the local legislation. We hold Standard 100 and STEP by Oeko-Tex certifications within our supply chains well as Global Organic Textile Standard Facility certifications. We have an overall 80% score in the OekoTex sustainability performance tracker for our plain shirting manufacturing facility based in China, Lufeng. Our plain shirt manufacturing facility scored as high as 97% on Environmental Management and 90% on worker’s Health and Safety.
Should you wish to enquire further, please get in touch with our customer service agents.
Our Product & Care
Pure Cotton Shirts
Our core shirting line is made of 100% pure cotton. Our main shirting supplier has been registered with Better Cotton Initiative since 2018. B.C.I. is a global organisation helping to improve the global cotton industry. In 2019 October 2019 we became members of the Better Cotton Initiative.
Shirting Care Guide
In order to better maintain and prolong the lifecycle of your shirts, please take a look over the following guide: how to care for your shirts
Suiting- Responsible Wool
We design for durability. Our suits are carefully manufactured in accordance to a variety of fits and they can be tailored so they fit you perfectly. Also, they are made from pure wool, which makes them highly breathable- this means you are more likely to keep the suits for longer and to prolong their lifecycle. Our main wool supplier has just joined the Responsible Wool Standard in 2019 (this is a worldwide standard on the welfare of the farmers and animals throughout the supply chain).
Shirting - Printing Process
The majority of our women’s and Curtis shirts are digitally printed. Digital printing is an eco-friendlier type of textile processing. Research suggests that whilst no manufacturing process is without impact on the environment, Digital Textile Printing is certainly one of the most environmentally friendly in today’s UK textile industry. This means no water is used in the process as the colour is applied directly on the fabric.
We use linen fabric which is recognised for its sustainability. Our core suiting and shirting lines include a variety of linen garments. Linen is known to be sustainable as a crop. "Flax cultivation has positive effects on the diversity of ecosystems and offers a healthy environmental break for the quality of soils, biodiversity and landscapes" (Source: Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament, Brussels, 20 May 2008).
The flax plant that produces the linen fibre is known for using fewer pesticides and doesn’t require irrigation in order to grow; therefore, it is a sustainable crop itself.
Materials Recycling, Repurposing & Disposal.
Recycled Cardboard Boxes
We currently offer packaging for online purchases (boxes) supplied by Lil Packaging UK, that is produced locally in the UK and that is 66% recycled cardboard and 33% Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) responsibly sourced cardboard and fully recyclable. This means that the wood that makes the cardboard of our boxes will never be sourced from ancient or endangered forests.
New Packaging Solutions
We are in the process of developing new packaging solutions and strategies across our business so we can reduce the cardboard and plastic used. We are working on sourcing alternative materials for plastic bags, clips and other plastics involved in the packaging. Furthermore, we are developing a system that would, in the future, give you the possibility to opt for a lighter packaging at the check-out, after making a purchase.
Plastic Packaging Take Back Scheme
We are designing an in-store take back and recycle scheme of the plastic packaging with the intention of extending this for the online shopping process.
Garments Take Back Scheme
We have successfully organised our first Garment Take Back scheme supporting Cancer Research UK. We are proud to say that the funds raised will help Cancer Research UK accelerate discoveries which could help improve cancer treatment. This accounts for 30 kilograms of shirting that has been diverted from landfill.
We had seven central London collection points. Our customers were be able to bring their used shirts (any brand) in store for charitable recycling. All the recycled shirts will be sold for charitable purposes, prolonging the lifecycle of the garments. The scheme was running for the full month of October 2019 and we are planning to organise other Garment Take Back initiatives in the future.
We are aiming to continue supporting Cancer Research UK by organising further garment Take Back schemes. We understand the Global Fashion Agenda and we strive to adhere to their principles:
- Increasing the volume of used garments and footwear collected.
- Increasing the volume of used garments and footwear resold.
This is because we want to increase the time a product is used and to address the textile waste issues within UK. We also hope that through our clothes recycling programme we can help raise funds for Cancer Research UK.
As we have already successfully trialled our recycling scheme in October, we hope this will develop and become a permanent feature we will be able to offer.