Fit: Medium fit
Light organic cotton sweatshirt with a set-in round neck and super soft loose knit fleece.
Printed with a minimal design of one of the simplest toys and forms or origami, the paper aeroplane. In a parallel to Burberry and Aquascutum’s competing claims to have invented the trench coat, the Chinese and Japanese both lay claims to have developed the first paper aeroplane. In honour of both stories Idioma have printed “Kami Hikoki”, which is how we would pronounce the Japanese word for “paper aeroplane” and beneath it the word is written in Kanji, the adopted logographic Chinese characters (hànzì) that are used in the modern Japanese writing system.
- Idioma have partnered with a sourcing agent who help emerging designers source sustainably and ethically. The Paper Plans sweatshirt was cut and sewn by one of four factories the agent works closely with in Dhaka, Bangladesh. 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 aren't exposed to harmful chemicals.
- 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.
- Idioma’s sourcing partner encourage factories to employ strict waste control and use energy efficient machines
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).
- 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 contain PVC and phthalates that can be harmful to the environment.
Idioma strive to use water based inks where possible but have found that for dark coloured products with a light print they do not provide the required effect.
|Half Chest 2,5cm below armhole (cm)||50.5||513||56||59|
|Body length (cm)||66||68||70||72|
|Sleeve Length (cm)||64.5||66||67.5||69|
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Fit: Regular fitPremium quality, navy t-shirt with pineapple print in 100% organic and Fairtrade certified cotton. Length 71cm in size medium.
- This Fairtrade t-shirt was made by Assisi Garments in South India. Set up by Franciscan nuns, the social enterprise provides training and employment for deaf, mute and economically disadvantaged women. Women are paid a fair wage and after three to five years of employment, the women build up their savings and receive a bonus that allows them to start a home and often their own tailoring business.
Assisi Garments high quality craftsmanship has led them to work with internationally renowned fashion designers such as Orla Kiely, Peter Jensen and Bora Aksu.
In addition to reinvesting profits to grow their business and create more jobs, Assisi Garments supports a cancer hospital and old people's home in South India.
-The cotton is organic and Fairtrade certified meaning farmers receive an average of 30% more than they do with conventional cotton. The premiums farmers receive are invested in social and environmental projects for the good of the community.
This t-shirt is made with cotton certified organic by the Soil Association under Global Organic Textile Standards. It means the product meets organic standards from field through manufacture and storage.
|Body: Shirt size||
36-38" / 91-96cm
39-40" / 96-101cm
40-42" / 101-106cm
42-44" / 106-111cm
Size & fit: 17.5" outseam | Slim fit - If you are in between sizes we recommend buying the size up as this style fits slim.
Designed to be worn all day, from the sea, to sand, to street. A 'tailored swim short' made from quick drying recycled polyester.
All shorts are made in small runs from environmentally friendly materials. In a previous life these shorts were plastic bottles.
- These shorts are made from recycled plastic bottles. The use of recycled materials reduces the need for virgin resources to be consumed and saves useful items from ending up in landfill.
- Printed in the UK using water based inks.
Areas for development
The shorts are made in Portugal. Whilst this means the factory comes under EU legislation the factory does not have any stand-out social aspects. It is a ‘regular factory’.
Unisex white t-shirt made of a soft to the touch bamboo and organic cotton blend.
Established in 2013, WDN (We Do Nothing), design and create unisex clothing made to be durable, comfortable and darn fine looking.
-Cut and sewn in a Turkish factory with a genuine commitment to workforce welfare. E.g. overtime work can only be done on a voluntary basis for a maximum of 12 hours per week.
- Factory independently accredited by the Fair Wear Foundation.
- Bamboo is a more sustainable fibre than cotton: it yields ten times more per hectare (important given that global food prices are largely dependent on how much land is available for food production) and grows fast without irrigation, pesticides or fertilisers.
- WDN Collective’s bamboo fabric is sourced from a factory accredited to high environmental standards. (Especially important given the chemicals involved in processing bamboo).
- The cotton in this blend is Global Organic Textile Standard certified.
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 pickers.
- WDN Collective do not currently know much about the provenance of their labels.