THTC was one of the founding members of the Ethical Fashion Forum (EFF) - a not for profit network focusing on social and environmental sustainability in the fashion industry. www.ethicalfashionforum.com
The current THTC range is made from three sustainable fabric blends- 55% hemp and 45% certified organic cotton and 70% bamboo / 30% organic cotton, and wind-farmed produced, carbon neutral 100% organic cotton. All are manufactured in ethically sound factories in China and India, which adhere to the international labour organisation (ILO). THTC is also a member of See Companies (www.seecompanies.com), requiring THTC’s production to be fully accountable and traceable through the whole supply chain. The organic cotton t-shirts also have the ‘Fair Wear’, ‘The Soil Association’ and ‘Carbon Neutral’ certifications.
The bulk of THTC’s organic cotton is Turkish, but they also work with Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Egyptian and Peruvian growers.
The majority of the T-shirt designs are printed with water-based inks with a discharge process, using much less ink than conventional printing techniques. Some of the tees have been printed by T-shirts and sons, (www.tshirtandsons.co.uk), the first Soil Association certified printers in the UK, as well as using environmentally sound, water-based inks and all fliers, swing tags and catalogues used are printed on recycled paper pulp.
THTC came runner up for ‘Fashion Product of the Year’ at the Observer Magazine Ethical Awards 2006 and runner up at the Re:Fashion awards for ‘Ethical Clothing Product of 2007’ and ‘Environmental Clothing Company of 2008’ respectively. CEO Gav Lawson was also listed in the Future 100 Social Entrepreneurs in 2008 by Striding Out. www.stridingout.co.uk
THTC have also joined the Burma Campaign UK and a number of celebrities to spread awareness and raise funds to help Burma’s fight for independence.
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