Clothing, Environmental Impact and Responsibility
‘We all have a right to a safe and healthy work environment, a living wage, a legally binding contract. We all have a right to be free from discrimination and harassment, to join – or not to join – a labour union, to choose our work freely. We all have a right to fair and reasonable working hours. And our children have a right to go to school.’
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We appreciate good quality clothing, and not only in terms of manufacturing good, but we’re also talking ethical good.
This means you’ll keep and wear something you enjoy longer , less wastage which is better for the environment and better economical sense for your wallet.
Our clothing is also made in small runs , and each piece is hand printed locally. this means we can keep a close eye on quality and aren’t producing lots of surplus product. Over the years we have kept our designs simple and introduced some ltd edition pieces but the idea has always been something that would be come a classic item you’ll love with all the holes, bobbles, mud and grass stains.
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We get out blank garments from a company that has been leading innovation in the garment industry since ’94. With three award winning options in garment manufacturing their ‘earth positive’ and ‘salvage’ ranges are something that we see as vital to the responsibility of our brand, to put our name on something that we are proud of. Making surfboards isn’t a clean process and as we are look into ways to work with new eco products we want at every stage to find more environmentally considerate options in our product range.
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.
- FWF is governed by the following organisations:
- Modint (business association for manufacturers and distributors of fashion, interior design, carpets and textiles)
- CBW-MITEX (business association for retailers of interior design, fashion, shoes and sportswear)
- FNV Bondgenoten (federation of trade unions – service industry)
- CNV Dienstenbond (Christian trade union – service industry)
- Clean Clothes Campaign
Photo – Jaz Clarke
sustainable manufacturing is something all companies should be looking at in this day , its a responsibiliy to minimise negative environmental impacts of manufacturing whilst also conserving energy and resources.
we are all used to a ‘i want it now and cheap’ way of shopping. Generally there is a lack of education for the general public about how things are made and what the effects and impact that has both human and environmental. in many cases this information is ‘hidden’ and people are non the wiser, not due to irresponsibly of the buyer but the irresponsibility of the manufacturer.
‘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. Starting with the sourcing of raw materials, the Company ensures full traceability of all fibres, choosing low impact cotton, Tencel® Lyocel, bamboo viscose and recycled polyester in the Continental® range, 100% certified organic cotton in the EarthPositive® range, and recycled organic cotton blended with recycled polyester in the Salvage® range.’
Carbon footprint reduction
The carbon footprint (CO2e) is the total carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and other greenhouse gases emitted during the cultivation and harvesting of cotton, fibre processing, textile production, packaging, transportation and warehousing. 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.
It has been calculated that a single EarthPositive® T-shirt saves around 7 kilograms of CO2e, whereas a hooded sweatshirt saves up to 28 kgs.