Sustainable Clothing Environmental & Ethical Policies
Learning Tree Permaculture is working toward a more ethical and not only sustainable but regenerative environment. We refuse to work with suppliers who are not doing the same. The clothing inustry has a very bad reputation for the use of sweatshops (including some of the top brand names) and we go out of our way to ensure that none of our suppliers are involved in this practice.
It is important to us that the products that we choose to supply are also of the top quality when it comes to product life and ‘wear and tear’. To be truly ‘Environmentally sound’ a product needs to be long lasting, negating the need to replace it for some considerable time; we are able to verify that the products that we supply are.
Continental Clothing (Earth Positive Range) – manufacturers of our clothing products.
“Continental Clothing Co. has been running a pro-active social responsibility programme as a member of Fair Wear Foundation since early 2006. All the Company’s manufacturing facilities are regularly audited for social compliance and are running active monitoring programmes in accordance with standards advocated by the International Labour Organisation, the Ethical Trading Initiative and other international bodies. The Company publishes an annual Social Report.
“Continental Clothing Co. recognises that garment manufacturing is one of the most environmentally damaging and harmful industrial sectors on the planet, and takes decisive and often pioneering steps towards addressing the many negative impacts.
“In January 2008, Continental Clothing Co. became the first company in the world to calculate the carbon footprint and place the Carbon Reduction Label on textile products. We have reduced the carbon footprint of EarthPositive®products by around 90% through a combination of innovative product design, low impact organic agriculture, efficiency in manufacturing, and by replacing standard grid electricity with renewable wind power. We do not use carbon offsets and our footprint calculations are certified by the Carbon Trust Certifications in the U.K.”
Read more about Continental Clothing’s ethical policy here.
Inkthreadable – our print fulfillment company
“Inkthreadable are dedicated to operating under ethical and environmentally friendly practices during our production processes. We’re working hard to continue refining these processes because it’s a commitment we don’t take lightly. One of our main goals was to remove plastic packaging entirely from all orders we ship, and in April 2019 we achieved this! You can find out about our packaging and environmental policy as a whole below:
- All of our staff are paid above the national living wage, regardless of age.
- Our DTG printers use only water-based inks. They’re OEKO–TEX® approved (they don’t contain any regulated or unregulated chemicals harmful to the environment).
- Our catalogue offers a wide variety of organic and fair wear accredited garments.
- All the excess and waste cardboard and paper we produce is recycled.” + much more.
- Read more about Inkthreadables policies here