We sell products made by CONTINENTAL CLOTHING, a member of Fair Wear.
Fair Wear is an independent, non-profit organisation striving to improve working conditions in the textile industry. The foundation is an initiative by trade organisations in the textile sector, trade unions and NGO’s.
Fair Wear verifies that member companies implement the Code of Labour Practice along their supply chain, and checks compliance by monitoring audits and remediation efforts. Annual reporting by member companies and by Fair Wear itself promotes transparency at all levels.
The annual performance check reports are available on the Fair Wear Foundation page here.
Continental Clothing Co. has been a member of Fair Wear since 2. October 2006.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.
Continental Clothing Co. is licensed by the Soil Association and the Control Union to supply fully certified organic products in accordance with the Global Organic Textile Standard. Licence number DK19090. The Company also holds a licence to use the Soil Association Organic Standard logo on products that meet the organic standard criteria.
All the certified products that are sold ‘unprocessed’, that is without printing or other chemical processing, can carry the logo. Garments that are printed by licensed printers according to the organic standard can also carry the organic standard logo at the point of sale.
The aim of the standard is to define world-wide recognised requirements that ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer.
Textile processors and manufacturers are enabled to export their organic fabrics and garments with one certification accepted in all major markets. Approved are natural fibres that are certified organic and fibres from conversion period certified according to recognised international or national standards and certified by any IFOAM accredited or internationally recognised (according to ISO 65) certifier.
Yes, we source garments which are Climate Neutral & the EarthPositive range of clothing used for our designs has a low carbon footprint.
EarthPositive Apparel is 100% organic with 90% Reduced CO2
The carbon footprint was calculated in accordance with BSI PAS2050 methodology, and certified by the Carbon Trust Cartifications.
The 90% reduction has been achieved by a combination of low-impact organic farming, efficiency in manufacturing and transportation, and the use of renewable energy instead of the fossil fuel based grid electricity.
It has been calculated that a single EarthPositive T-shirt saves around 7 kilograms of CO2, whereas a hooded sweatshirt saves up to 28 kgs of greenhouse gases. These are actual reductions achieved in the manufacturing, without any carbon offsetting.
Click here to see the CO2 values of all our products.
The Carbon Footprint of a product is the total the amount of CO2 and other greenhouse gases emitted as part of a product’s manufacture, distribution, use and disposal. Greenhouse gases (GHGs) are so called because they trap heat in the Earth’s atmosphere and keep the planet warm. The main gases are carbon dioxide (CO2), methane and nitrous oxide.
In January 2008, Continental Clothing Co. became the first brand in the world to calculate the carbon footprint and place the Carbon Reduction Label on textile products.
As a Business-to-Business supplier of ready-to-print apparel, we have calculated the carbon footprint of all the products in the EarthPositive range from the cotton field, through processing, manufacturing, transport, up to the point of our distribution warehouses.
The Carbon Reduction Label
In March 2009 Continental Clothing Co. launched the world’s first Carbon Reduction Label in retail fashion. The EarthPositive footprint labelled clothes went on sale through ethical retailer Ascension decorated with organic print designs. This was the culmination of two years of work with the Carbon Trust to develop a methodology for assessing the carbon footprint of a cotton product from the field through manufacturing, screen-printing, retail distribution, consumer use to the disposal of the garment at the end of its useful life.
Lord Hunt, Minister for Sustainable Development and Energy Innovation and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords said:
“Continental Clothing’s Carbon Footprint label is an innovative idea as part of the Defra-coordinated Sustainable Clothing Action Plan. The label is a great way to give consumers clear information about the environmental impact of their clothes throughout their lifecycle – from manufacturing right through to washing and disposal – so they can be confident in the sustainability of their clothing choices.”
UK Department of the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Sustainable Consumption and Production Programme; Sustainable Clothing Roadmap Case Study: Continental Clothing Co. (Jan 2011):
“When Continental Clothing Company set out to create the ‘perfect t-shirt’ the aim was to consider all the impacts on the workforce, local economy, environment and climate change, whilst delivering a commercially viable and desirable product offering on a mass scale. The guiding principles were the complete traceability and transparency of the supply chain, and best practice at every stage.”
Continental Clothing became a pilot partner with the Carbon Trust’s product footprinting and labelling programme, working towards the development of the footprinting methodology for textile products. The company then extended the calculations to include screen-printing, mail-order retailing, consumer use and disposal, thus completing the first full life cycle analysis using the PAS2050 Carbon Footprint methodology.
The footprinting study and analysis pinpointed the GHG hotspots throughout the manufacturing process, from choice of fibres, fabric and garment construction, through to the wet processing, accessorising, screen printing, to packaging and transportation /distribution. The study provided vital information to the designers, logistics managers and marketers, in order to effectively control and reduce the impact on climate change.
The process achieved a 90% reduction in carbon footprint compared to an identical product manufactured using conventional energy sources – the T-shirt carbon footprint was reduced from 7kg CO2e down to700g CO2e.
Yes, all our garmets are vegan – clothes, shoes and accessories that contain no leather, fur, wool, skin, exotic skins or any other animal-derived fabric – is revolutionising the way that we shop and dress.
As more and more people vow never to clothe themselves in cruelty, retailers and designers are meeting the demand for animal-friendly clothes in style.
Although you can easily find fashionable animal-free products in many high-street stores, some companies go further, either by ensuring that everything they sell is 100 per cent vegan or by clearly sign-posting their vegan products. The “PETA-Approved Vegan” logo is a way of recognising these progressive compassionate businesses – and helping ethical consumers identify where to shop with confidence, safe in the knowledge that they’re not supporting the exploitation of animals.
Check the listing of brands HERE
The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Foundation is a UK-based charity dedicated to establishing and protecting the rights of all animals.
Like humans, animals are capable of suffering and have interests in leading their own lives; therefore, they are not ours to use – for experimentation, food, clothing, entertainment or any other reason. PETA and our affiliates around the world educate policymakers and the public about cruelty to animals and promote an understanding of the right of all animals to be treated with respect.
Please notify us as soon as possible if a garment is unsuitable.