CottonCrab Commitments

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At CottonCrab Clothing I am committed to offering a community approach, with people and the environment at the heart of everything I do, alongside our suppliers and of course you, our customers.

My Clothing Suppliers

The two companies I work with are committed to manufacturing in a responsible, sustainable and ethical way under the strictest environmental certifications respecting the people that make the clothing and the world that we live in. They are industry leaders in this area.

One is a UK based company, called Continental Clothing where the products I offer are made in Tamil Nadu, Southern India and they are the supplier I use for my Made by Me Collection. The other one is based in Belgium, called Stanley/Stella where their factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh makes the products I offer and they are the supplier I use for the rest of my products. If you would like any further information on my suppliers, please don't hesitate to get in touch. 

Both suppliers are:

GOTS certified. GOTS stands for Global Organic Textile Standard. It is recognised as the world's leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres.

GOTS looks at the entire production chain process from the very start, at the cotton farm, to the factory, to the final product before printing, including even the journey from the factory to the final destination of the supplier.

It also certifies that the cotton used is GMO-free and is grown without the use of chemicals.

They are also OEKO-TEX® certified which ensures no chemical substances that are or could be harmful to health and the environment are used throughout production.

GOTS certification also ensures compliance with the labour standards of the International Labour Organisation throughout production as does the Fair Wear Foundation.

The Fair Wear Foundation ensures products are made in an ethical way with companies respecting the men and woman making them, providing them with an engaging and motivated working environment with the means to gain new skills and access to training and education.

The cotton that the products are made of is Organic Indian Cotton. The Recycled Polyester (15%) in my hoodies and sweatshirts is from used plastic bottles and is manufactured in China. 

They have Organic Content Standard(OCS) and OCS 100 certification by the Textile Exchange. They are a global non-profit that works closely with their members to drive industry transformation in preferred fibres, integrity and standards and also responsible supply networks.They identify and share best practices regarding farming, materials, processing, traceability and the supply to the customer, in order to reduce the textile industry’s impact on the world’s water, soil and air, and the human population. OCS 100 means that the product contains 95% or more organic material.

They are also PETA certified. They do not conduct or commission any animal tests on any processes or products. All products are made from 100% vegan materials.

They have a Global Recycled Standard label which certifies that the materials used are recycled. GRS also guarantees compliance with social and environmental criteria such as the treatment of waste water, the absence of certain toxic additives and also respect for working conditions in partner factories too. The tote bags we offer are made from cuttings of cotton from producing other products and as mentioned earlier the polyester used is from recycled plastic bottles.

 The hoodies and sweatshirts that contain polyester are made so that your skin is never in direct contact with the polyester, it is between two layers of organic cotton.

They are tirelessly working on the carbon footprint of transporting their products and remain committed to this complex area.

My new designs which are due to be released at the beginning of September will be are made in manufacturing facilities powered by green renewable energy, from low-impact raw materials. These products are manufactured by Continental Clothing. The carbon footprint of these products has been reduced by 90%.  

Both my suppliers are constantly looking to continue to lead the way in innovation, design and sustainability, recognising  and continuing to recognise that garment manufacturing is one of the most environmentally damaging industrial sectors.

On each product description I list the full product information to assist you in your personal commitments also.

The printing company I use

The company that prints my logo and designs and also embroids them are based in Blackburn in the UK. They are also committed to operating under ethical and environmentally friendly practices during their production processes. They are called Inkthreadable (the name is awesome, isn't it!) and was co-founded by a husband and wife team called Amy & Alex. The started doing bits and bobs at school for people at age 14 and then started the company at age 17. 

Their printers use only water-based Vegan inks. They're also like our clothing suppliers OEKO-TEX® approved, therefore the inks don't contain any regulated or unregulated chemicals harmful to health or the environment. Waste ink is unavoidable but they dispose of theirs responsibly and any failed prints that occur are given a second life. Through shredding the textile waste, they are left with a material that is then used as an insulative product in other manuf­ac­turing industries, such as flooring.

The thread they use to embroid our lovely crabs and designs is made from polyester and is vegan. 

They offset their carbon footprint and also their employees through their Carbon Reduction plan and we're aiming to be entirely carbon-neutral within the next three years. They do this through a company called Ecologi which you can learn more more about below. In the past 12 months, they have planted 4,109 trees achieving a carbon reduction of 303.11T. This is the equivalent of the carbon emitted from 233 long haul flights or 752,016 miles driven in a car! (calculated to 12/04/2021). 2021 will be the start of their aim to be a fully Carbon Neutral company.

 https://ecologi.com/inkthreadable 

All of their 37 staff are paid above the national living wage, regardless of age and regardless of the position they hold within the company. They are improving their sustainability constantly.  

 

My Packaging & Materials 

The packaging, tape, tissue paper, thank you cards and stickers that you receive Made By Me products in is completely recyclable, compostable and biodegradable. At the moment the postage label is the only item which is not as I am using up old stock. If you could remove this and place this in your non recyclable bin before recycling or composting that would be great!

The packaging that you receive all other products from my Inkthreadable who embroidery the rest of my products is manufactured from sustainable and responsible sources in the UK, uses no plastic, is 100% paper, recyclable and compostable. Any waste cardboard and paper that is produced through the production method is recycled also. No unnecessary extra packaging is used however at the moment we still need to provide you with a paper invoice inside your package.

My stickers are made from 100% recycled material and are fully recyclable. At the moment they are not waterproof or weatherproof as I have not found a sustainable option for providing this however the material is of high quality and unlike most stickers papers the backing is also recyclable as it is not siliconised.

My cello bags that the stickers are packaged in are made from 30mu Nativia® PLA film. Nativia® film is made from renewable resources - PLA bio-based resin is sourced from corn or other sources such as sugar beet and potatoes among others. The film is fully compostable according to the EN13432 standard and has achieved the OK BIOBASED certificate from Vincotte. This certification means that you can be sure that it will break down quite quickly into carbon dioxide, water and biomass by microbial digestion in the right conditions. The bit you peel off for the flap is also compostable.

The swing tags on my clothing products and tote bags are made from recycled kraft paper and jute string and are fully recycleable, compostable and biodegradable.

 

Delivery 

I use Royal Mail to deliver you product, and DPD for larger orders. Royal Mail a five year environmental strategy. For more information on this take a read below:

https://www.royalmailgroup.com/en/responsibility/our-focus-areas/environment/

DPD is aiming to be the the greenest delivery company on the planet. You can read more about this here:

https://www.dpdlocal.co.uk/pdf/environmentalpolicy.pdf

 

 If you would like to read more on any of the above information, head over to:

https://www.soilassociation.org/certification/fashion-textiles 

https://www.continentalclothing.com/ 

https://www.stanleystella.com/en-gb/

https://www.inkthreadable.co.uk/

 

When you chose one of our lovely products you have the option to pay by a variety of methods to suit you as an individual and one of them is called Shop Pay. 

Every time you check out with Shop Pay, they offset the carbon emissions of your order’s delivery through tree protection projects. 

Shop’s current carbon offset project protects trees in the Peruvian rainforest, one of the largest and most biodiverse rainforests in the world. They chose the Brazil Nut Concession REDD+ Avoided Unplanned Deforestation Project, which protects over 350,000 hectares of tropical forest from deforestation. This region is an important carbon sink, which means that it captures and stores a high amount of carbon dioxide produced by humans: 14.5 million tons of CO2 emissions are prevented because of this project.

They selected tree protection because newly-planted trees take years to develop, and established trees have an incredible capacity to store large amounts of carbon.

 

How your carbon offsets are calculated

Shop calculates the carbon emitted from the delivery of your order and then translates those emissions into the number of trees they need to protect to offset the carbon. The carbon emissions are estimated based on transportation method, package weight, and delivery distance:

 
  • Transportation method - They calculate the speed of the delivery based on the time between checkpoints, and then select the most logical transportation method between long flight, short flight, or truck. Each transportation method is associated with a different level of carbon emissions.

  • Package weight - They use the measured weight of a package when it’s available, and if it’s not, they use an average shipment weight.

  • Delivery distance - They use the shipping address, delivery address, and any checkpoints in between to estimate the distance that the delivery travels, then they use the haversine formula to calculate the distance between pairs of latitudinal and longitudinal points.

The average tree seedling in the rainforest captures about 1 kg or 2 lbs of carbon. They use this calculation to determine the number of trees we need to protect to offset the delivery of your order, and they always round up to at least one tree.

They know that carbon offsetting is only one way to combat climate change, and are also exploring future technologies that will let them do even more.

The above information was taking from Shop's website, if you can read more about this below.

https://shop.app/help/carbon-offsets#OffsetCarbonByProtectingTrees

 

I would also like to add that no crabs have or will come to harm in the making and running of the company!

I am very open to these commitments as a company and as an individual as are the companies I work with. If you would like to know more or have any suggestions on how I can do more please get in touch using the live chat at the bottom of the screen or email us at cottoncrabclothing@gmail.com.

🦀Thank you🦀

Thank you for taking the time to read about us and we look forward to welcoming you to our community!

Natalie

&

The CottonCrabs