Fair Wear Foundation works with brands, factories, trade unions, NGOs and sometimes governments to verify and improve workplace conditions in 11 production countries in Asia, Europe and Africa. FWF keeps track of the improvements made by the companies it works with. And through sharing expertise, social dialogue and strengthening industrial relations, FWF increases the effectiveness of the efforts made by companies.
Gots or "Global Organic Textile Standard" is an international standard for organic clothing and fabrics that applies to the whole chain of production. From harvesting raw materials through production, processing, labeling, packaging and distribution. Every step lives up to strict GOTS standards. For fabric producing factories that means using environment friendly chemicals and a responsable use and treatment of water. But the GOTS label also stands for a socially and human friendly production. That means guaranteed minimum wages, a ban on child labor and a safe and sanitary production set-up.
Hemp is a natural fibre that has the same properties as cotton. However, the production of hemp demands far less water and hardly any furtilizer or pesticides. Farmers love growing it because it enhances the quality of the field for future crops. For legal reasons industrial hemp can't contain more then 0,3% THC (psychoactive substance).
Hemp grows very easely and is a natural herbicide that likes a mild climate and does well in a wide range of soils with little help. Hemp grows fast, It only takes 4 to 6 weeks for a plant to reach up to 3 meters in height, using half the amount of water cotton needs. Because of that hemp produces 250% more fibres per m² than cotton! Hempfibre is comparable to flax, holds it's form well and offers good insulation.
The fibre requires a different technical processing from cotton, which is why it's not always the first choice. Also, in many countries it's considered illegal for farmers to grow it because of its obvious narcotic properties. Which is a shame because on top of all its awesome industrial qualities (dashboards of cars are made of hemp today!) a hemp plant stocks more C02 than is emmited in the production proces.
Recycled polyester or rPET is considered to have a low or even positive environmental impact because of the low production energy demand and the fact it recycles and thus reduces plastic waste. Latest technological innovations enable us to recycle polyester for clothing (fleece) repeatedly without losing fibre quality. That's the next best thing to biodegradability.
Wool from sheep that are raised according to the organic principles means they are kept on large pastures wich aren't treated with pesticides or herbicides. The sheep aren't fed genetically modified crops and aren't treated with antibiotics on a preventive basis.
Wool has a light yet dense structure that helps regulate bodytemperature. It shields from humidity on the outside but allows damp from inside to evaporate. It's more expensive than traditional wool because of the extra care with which the animals and the wool product is treated. Wool that is GOTS certified guarantees the complete production cycle is organic.