Ethical Clothing and Sustainability Guidelines

 

Ethical Clothing & Sustainability Guidelines 

Cock & Bull Menswear is committed to building and developing an ethical clothing company based upon sound ethical and sustainable business practices and a minimum level of ethical and sustainability engagement with its suppliers and customers.

The business considers this practice to be a work in progress in a continuing effort to refine the shared vision of ethical and sustainable ideals that define the company and brand as an ethical and sustainable menswear brand.

We understand and appreciate that many of our customers will be buying on the basis of our commitments, and so we endeavour to demonstrate as many of the guidelines as possible below:

(A)  Adhering to ethical clothing standards through managing textiles, trimmings & raw materials

  • All textiles and materials should be 100% vegetarian - no leather, bone, ivory or any other parts of animals to be used (mandatory).
  • All textiles and materials should be produced without the use of forced labour, slave labour or child labour (mandatory). In addition, wherever possible raw materials should be considered "fair trade" and  certifiable as such by a recognised certification body such as WFTO or the Fair Wear Foundation.
  • Where natural (non-synthetic) textiles are used (and are not recycled or up-cycled), a commitment of at least 70% of said textiles can be said truthfully to have been grown / farmed to organic standards, certifiable by a recognised certification body such as GOTS or Soil Association - OR can be said to be 'low impact' textiles (such as hemp) which require few or no herbicides or pesticides.
  • Where natural (non-synthetic) textiles materials are used and ARE recycled or up-cycled detailed information about the source(s) of said textiles / materials should be provided.
  • Where synthetic textiles are used, at least 70% of said textiles can be truthfully said to be re-used (up-cycled) or recycled. The exception to this rule is where synthetic fabrics constitute an alternative to leather, such as where items in the main-stream are predominantly made of leather, such as shoes or wallets / bags. Synthetics deemed an alternative to leather will automatically be considered to have an ethical and environmental merit, whether recycled, up-cycled or not. 
  • Additionally, a recyclable and/or biodegradable collection will also demonstrate a level of commitment to sustainability issues.

(B)  Achieving ethical clothing standards through use of low impact processes.

  • Collections demonstrate a commitment to choosing processes that minimise environmental impact, which could include (but are not limited to) avoiding known chemical / toxic pollutants. For example, where processes such as colouring and finishing fabrics has taken place, we are able to demonstrate that these processes have been chosen for their minimal impact on the environment - for example, using AZO and formaldehyde free dyes. 
  • We consider an achievement (or an ambition) of carbon emissions neutrality would be considered to be a level of commitment to sustainability issues. and we follow a process of calculating and offsetting our annual carbon emissions. 
  • A commitment to the minimisation of waste and the recycling of as much 'waste' as possible.

(C )  Adhering to ethical clothing standards through manufacturing & production labour rights

  • All manufacturing and production should be achieved without the use of forced labour, slave labour or child labour (mandatory). In addition, wherever possible manufacturing and production should be considered "fair trade" and certifiable as such by a recognised certification body such as WFTO or the Fair Wear Foundation.
  • All people involved in production and manufacturing of items in the shop should have been paid fair wages for all the processes used to create the collection.
  • All people involved in production and manufacturing of items in the shop should have worked in clean and safe working environments.
  • All people involved in production and manufacturing of items in the shop should have worked not more than 10 hours per day and 6 days per week.
  • All people involved in production and manufacturing of items in the shop should have the right to be a member of an organised trade union. 
  • Where people involved in production and manufacturing of items in the shop have been made by a workers co-operative or collective, this would be considered to be a level of commitment to sustainability issues.

(D) Achieving ethics; clothing production through social commitment

  • Donating a percentage of profits to charity would be considered to be a level of commitment to ethical and sustainability issues.  Cock & Bull Menswear propose a % of profits to be donated to a charity on an annual basis with the total amount increasing on an annual basis. Following the initial 3 years of business Cock & Bull will committe an amount to a charity of choice. 
  • Involvement in social / environmental / local enterprise activities would be considered to be a level of commitment to ethical and sustainability issues. 

 

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