We're all working towards a more ethical and sustainable world. As a company, Inkthreadable (our supply and printing company) is committed to making sure that everything we do is carried out ethically and we expect no less from our suppliers.
Our industry is, unfortunately, one that has a bad reputation for ties to sweatshops. We don't agree with sweatshops, and we'd love to live in a world where each employee is paid a fair wage for the work that they do. We're proud to say that our own employees are paid above the national living wage regardless of the position they hold within the company.
We believe that it's important to be aware of the ways in which garments are supplied and manufactured, and in turn, ensure that the brands we offer comply with the laws and regulations in the countries in which they operate. Inkthreadable will not knowingly trade with any brand or supplier that does not comply with these laws and regulations.
"Since day one in 2011, Stanley/Stella (product supplier) has embraced the Fair Wear Foundation initiatives and has been focusing on cooperating in a responsible way with its suppliers, to the benefit of all workers. Respect for the planet is also strongly rooted in our DNA, as 100% of our cotton is certified organic (by GOTS or OCS), grown without pesticides, GMOs or chemical fertilisers. Other raw materials are also highly ranked on the “sustainability scale”: recycled polyester, Modal®, Tencel®, linen, and more.
"In order to build strong and close partnerships with production facilities, Stanley/Stella has decided to select a very limited number of factories to work with, in a limited number of countries. The members of the Stanley/Stella board have made an important step towards in- creased transparency. Based on a proposal supported by the CEO and the newly appointed Sustainability Manager, we publicly name all of our factories, giving more weight to the trans- parency objective than to the business interests of keeping confidentiality."
(Product supplier) "No matter how much we love what we do, in the grand scheme of things, we’re just making hats here. We know there are more important things in life, such as having a positive impact on our world. That especially holds true in regards to our environment. Taking short cuts to stretch out profits is just bad business. All of our raw materials and processes are carefully selected and monitored to ensure they are not harming our planet.
"We look to tough European standards as our benchmark, as well as companies whose environmental policies we admire. So you can rest assured that our hats stand for both quality and environmentally sound business practices."
"Beechfield Brands (product supplier) is firmly committed to offering good value products with industry leading quality standards, but not at the expense of any individual in the supply chain, nor with unacceptable environmental impact. Beechfield Brands do not condone the use of any forced or coerced labour and we implement a strict assessment process with our suppliers to ensure that factories meet, or exceed, applicable local standards in terms of wages, health and safety, welfare and human rights.
"Beechfield Brands is committed to protecting the quality of the environment through sound environmental practice, ensuring that factories meet or exceed local environmental laws in an effort to reduce waste and minimise the environmental impact of their operations."