Fit: Regular fit
Join Idioma’s multi-cultural social club with this organic cotton t-shirt inspired by a hunger for travel that the German's call "fernweh".
World language(s) phrases focusing on freedom, exploration and the natural world adorn Idioma’s collection and are accompanied by playful illustrations.
Organic cotton: GOTS certified supplier in IndiaDoves Clothing using Rutland Screen Print Inks in Suffolk, UK.
Idioma work with a sourcing partner that help emerging brands to source ethically and sustainably. The factory where this t-shirt is cut and sewn is located in Tamul Nadu, India and is visited regularly by the partner. All overtime work at the factory is voluntary and audits report that 60% of workers do not carry out overtime. Read the FWF report here.
Idioma visit Dove Clothing who print their garments regularly during production and enjoy a close working relationship with them.
Environmental impact and materials
The use of organic cotton (Global Organic Textile Standard-certified) protects the environment and also farmers who may suffer ill health when coming into contact with the intensive fertilisers and pesticides used in conventional cotton production.
Factory where the t-shirt is cut and sewn is powered entirely by renewable energy (most of which comes from 30 massive wind turbines).
This t-shirt was screen printed using plastisol inks. Most commercial screen printers use plastisol inks, which are easy to use and last well. However, plastisol inks often contain PVC and phthalates that can be harmful to the environment. Idioma use Rutland® Screen Print Inks which are certified phthalate free and fully compliant with environmental regulations but do contain PVC.
- 100% Organic cotton
- Factory powered by renewable energy
- Factory committed to social and ecological standards (GOTS certified, FWF audit)
AREAS FOR DEVELOPMENT
Printed with plastisol inks.
|Half Chest 2,5cm below armhole (cm)||47||50||53||56||60|
|Body length (cm)||68||70||72||74||76|
Fit: Regular fit
Good quality basic t-shirt made from super soft organic cotton.
Our Brothers We Stand plain t-shirts are proudly made in Bangladesh. The manufacture is overseen by a sourcing agent who help emerging designers source sustainably and ethically. Our t-shirts were cut and sewn by one of four factories the agent works closely with in Dhaka, Bangladesh. These factories have been selected because they are amongst the best in the country. The agent has its own team on the ground in Dhaka who visits the factories daily to monitor working conditions and ensure that nothing is subcontracted out to un-regulated factories.
In addition to these policies each of the factories is independently audited by the Fair Wear Foundation and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard).
A bright future for the Bangladeshi garment industry - Flags flying outside one of the sourcing agencies Bangla partners.
- Use of organic cotton means that pickers are not exposed to harmful chemicals.
- Our basic t-shirts are made from 100% organic cotton. The GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certificate means that all stages of production from growing to knitting and sewing of the t-shirt meet organic standards and don’t use any harmful chemicals.
- The printed label inside the neck was printed using water based textile inks. We used Permaset Aqua inks which are the most environmentally friendly inks on the market and passed the Oekotex Class 1 standard with 60% to spare!
Areas for development
Our sourcing agent visits the factories producing the Brothers We Stand plain t-shirts frequently to follow up on corrective action plans from Fair Wear Foundation audit reports. Gradually increasing wages and reducing overtime are issues included in the discussions though they remain challenges to the factories.
|Half Chest 2,5cm below armhole (cm)||49.5||52||54.5||57|
|Body length (cm)||70||72||74||76|
|Sleeve Length (cm)||19.5||20.5||21.5||22.5|
Sweatshirt made in Haggerston, East London
Fit: regular fit (for a relaxed fit order a size up)
Alec Bizby is a recent graduate from the London College of Fashion and hand makes his entire collection in his studio in Haggerston, East London. The soft jacquard fabric is sourced from a mill in Edmonton, just up the road from Alec’s studio. Jacquard fabric features a raised pattern that is woven (instead of printed) onto the fabric.
Note: Alec Bizby makes his items to order and so items can sometimes take a little longer to reach customers.
Hand made by the designer and his partner in their studio in Haggerston.
The fabric is woven and the sweatshirt cut and sewn within a ten mile radius keeping transportation and CO2 emissions at this stage of the process to a minimum.
Areas for development
The jacquard fabric is woven with virgin cotton and virgin polyester which both have significant environmental impacts associated with their production.
Jacquard fabric (cotton and polyester blend)
Fit: Snug fit
Silverstick have combined traditional British textile skills with a modern sustainable fabric to deliver an outstanding contemporary beanie. The non-itch lightweight ribbed knit offers supreme comfort, breathability and excellent warmth retention, making it ideal for staying active over the winter months.
Handwash only and dry flat.
- Silverstick beanies are produced in a small family run factory just outside Nottingham, UK that employs 12 people and pays the living wage or above. The factory specialises in producing premium knitwear from natural fibres, including merino wool, British wool, organic cotton and Alpaca wool. Silverstick visit the factory on a regular basis and are really pleased with quality and working conditions.
- Silverstick GOTS certified organic cotton (Global Organic Textile Standard) is farmed, graded and bailed in Utter Pradesh, Northern India.
- Silverstick beanies are dyed with non azo dyes. Azos are a class of compounds used in textile dyes, some of which have been found to be harmful. Existing European legislation bans the use of these unhealthy azo dyes and all Silverstick clothing is certified azo and chlorine free, in accordance with Õko-Tex Standard 100 and ISO 17050-1.
Areas for development
While the inspection of Global Organic Textile Standard-certified farms for environmental purposes gives the pickers some measure of security and ensures that they aren’t exposed to harmful chemicals, this certification does not directly guarantee the working conditions of cotton pickers.