SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION PHILOSOPHY
Choose Organic. Choose Recycled. Choose Respect.
We all have a right to a safe and healthy work environment, a living wage, a legally binding contract. We all have a right to be free from discrimination and harassment, to join – or not to join – a labour union, to choose our work freely. We all have a right to fair and reasonable working hours. And our children have a right to go to school.
Charmio’s supplier has adopted a robust policy with regard to the following minimum social responsibility criteria:
- 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 supplier has been running a pro-active social responsibility programme as a member of Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) since early 2006. All the Company’s manufacturing facilities are regularly audited for social compliance and are running active monitoring programmes in accordance with standards advocated by the International Labour Organisation, the Ethical Trading Initiative and other international bodies. The Company publishes an annual Social Report.
FWF is governed by the following organisations:
- Modint (business association for manufacturers and distributors of fashion, interior design, carpets and textiles)
- CBW-MITEX (business association for retailers of interior design, fashion, shoes and sportswear)
- FNV Bondgenoten (federation of trade unions – service industry)
- CNV Dienstenbond (Christian trade union – service industry)
Clean Clothes Campaign
Sustainable manufacturing is the creation of manufactured products through economically-sound processes that minimize negative environmental impacts while conserving energy and natural resources. Sustainable manufacturing also enhances employee, community, and product safety.
Charmio have recognised that garment manufacturing is one of the most environmentally damaging and harmful industrial sectors on the planet due to the production processes, dyes and solvents used in manufacturing. We have taken decisive steps in order to help reduce our footprint and impact on the planet. We have done this starting with the sourcing of the raw materials by choosing organic cotton, Tencel® Lyocel and bamboo viscose.
Our carefully supplier has been a vivid supporter of many high profile campaigns, including the Clean Cotton Campaign, Pick Your Cotton Carefully, and has been working with the Environmental Justice Foundation and the Pesticide Action Network for many years. Continental Clothing Co. is an active contributor to the International Working Group on the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). The Company is certified under the Global Organic Textile Standard and the Global Recycle Standard.
Yarns & Fabrics
The supplier controls the spinning process of almost seventy percent of all the yarns used in production as part of its vertically-integrated manufacturing structure, with the remainder being carefully sourced externally. All the yarns used by the Company are fully combed and ring spun. The quality of our yarns and fabrics is the foundation to delivering the highest quality garments. All the fabrics are knitted and dyed with GOTS approved chemicals, using low-water and controlled waste discharge processes, certified to OekoTex 100 Class I standard and conforming to REACH. Organic certified fabrics are dyed in our zero-discharge dyehouse, where all the water is recycled in a closed-loop system. All our organic cotton that is used is GOTS certified and can be read about here.
Carbon Footprint Reduction
The carbon footprint (CO2e) is the total carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and other greenhouse gases emitted during the cultivation and harvesting of cotton, fibre processing, textile production, packaging, transportation and warehousing.
We have reduced the carbon footprint EarthPositive products by around 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. We do not use carbon offsets and our footprint calculations were certified by the Carbon Trust Certifications in the U.K. between 2007-2009.
It has been calculated that a single EarthPositive T-shirt saves around 7 kilograms of CO2e compared to a conventional t-shirt, whereas a hooded sweatshirt saves up to 28kgs. Having taken the greenhouse gas emissions to pre-industrial levels, all the EarthPositive products carry the registered mark “Climate Neutral”.
We use Kornit machines to print our designs. Kornit Machines use water based eco-friendly inks that are vegan friendly and not tested on animals. In fact their sustainability policy is big on eco and worth reading if you would like to find out more.