Fit: Regular fit
Unique hand-stitched design on this organic cotton sweatshirt by Idioma.
World language(s) phrases focusing on freedom, exploration and the natural world adorn Idioma’s collection and are accompanied by playful illustrations by designer Seth Banks.
- Use of organic cotton
- Cut & sew factory audited by Fair Wear Foundation
- Screen Printed in the UK
Cut & sew: Dhaka, Bangladesh (audited by 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.
Idioma have partnered with a sourcing agent who help emerging designers source sustainably and ethically. The Richu Sweatshirt was cut and sewn by one of four factories the agent works closely with in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Each of the factories is independently audited by the Fair Wear Foundation and GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard).Embroidery: Doves Clothing, Suffolk, UK (EU Regulations)
This sweatshirt 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.
Rayon thread for embroidery: Madeira Threads (REACH, ISO 9001-2008, OEKO-TEX®)Factory visits
Idioma visit Doves Clothing who embroider their garments regularly during production and enjoy a close working relationship with them.
The sourcing agent Idioma work with 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.Environmental impact
Organic virgin cotton protects the environment and health of farmers from the damaging intensive fertilisers and pesticides conventionally used.
The 15% polyester used makes for a more durable sweatshirt. However there are significant environmental impacts associated with the production of virgin polyester which is oil based. Idioma's supplier plan to transfer to the use of recycled polyester in the near future.
AREAS FOR DEVELOPMENT
As the sourcing agent do not own the factories and the factories also produce for other clients they do not have the power to determine worker pay. However the sourcing agency practices ‘open book’ accounting with suppliers to ensure that it pays enough for all workers to receive a living wage and educates factory management about the benefits of doing so (higher staff retention, less absenteeism, fewer quality issues, higher worker satisfaction, enhanced productivity).
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85% Organic super soft ring-spun Combed Cotton, 15% Polyester
|Half Chest 2,5cm below armhole (cm)||48||51||54||57|
|Body length (cm)||69.5||71.5||73.5||75.5|
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