From the beginning, Unordinary Apparel has only ever planned to work with certified, trusted suppliers using responsibly sourced materials. We integrate sustainability into every aspect of our business; making deliberate decisions about who we work with, how we operate and what materials we use. We ensure our suppliers source only the finest raw materials; ethically grown and produced in ways that do not harm people, animals or the environment.
All of our products are exclusively made from 100% GOTS certified organic cotton and recycled polyester. We source the finest fabrics, which are naturally grown and chemical free. Organic Cotton This is cotton that comes from seeds that have not been genetically modified (non-GMO) and is grown without the use of toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers. All of our cotton material is certified organic by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). This certification takes over a year to account for every step of production- from the processing of certified organic fiber into yarn to the dyehouses, mills, factories and printers. Our organic cotton is grown and picked in India.
Benefits of Organic Cotton
*Compared to conventional cotton
Source: Textile Exchange (2017)
less surface and groundwater use
less potential for soil erosion
less impact on global warming
less acidification of land and water
We recycle to reduce waste.
This is polyester made from recycled plastic waste (rPET). Recycled polyester allows for considerable energy savings in the manufacturing process. It is clear that tackling plastic waste has become one of the major environmental challenges of our time- globally about 9.5million tonnes of tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans, most of it single-use.
At Unordinary Apparel we use recycled polyester to add stability and strength to our garments. Our recycled polyester is collected from China.
Fairwear Foundation Leader
We care about ALL people, not just our customers We only work with factories that are safe, fair and meet all worker rights.
Our partner factories have all been Fair Wear Accredited. This foundation is an independent organisation that works with apparel brands, garment workers and textile industry influencers to improve labour conditions in garment factories. FWF are active in Bangladesh where they audit factories and support trade unions to lobby European governments and other organisations to increase wages and improve working conditions
The eight pillars of FWF:Fair Wear Foundation has eight labour standards based on the conventions of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.
• Employment is freely chosen
• No exploitation of child labour
• No discrimination in employment
• A legally binding employment relationship
• Payment of a living wage
• Reasonable hours of work
• Safe and healthy working conditions
• Freedom of association
As a sustainable brand transparency is essential. Our supplier Stanley/Stella is a Fair Wear Leader, certifying they are showing best practices in complex areas of workers’ rights.
The Cotton Journey
FROM FIELD TO FASHION -
HOW OUR T-SHIRTS ARE MADE
It's a long journey from the cotton field to the final product and at every step of this complex supply chain we aim to ensure the highest level of responsibility. Ultimately, our aim is to have a positive impact on society, the environment and the economy.
Our organic cotton, sourced from India, goes through a number of stages as it moves from the cotton farm to a finished decorated garment to be sold in Europe. We only and exclusively source organic cotton which is certified according to the GOTS standard.