SJ CLOTHING OFFICIAL - on a mission to create a fairer fashion industry
Our garment suppliers are members of the Fairwear Foundation (FWF). They place an emphasis on practical steps brands can take to reduce the risk of problems in factories. It focuses on the phases of production where sewing is the main manufacturing process as these are the most labour-intensive phases of the production process where problems are found, and where effective remedies can positively impact the lives of millions of workers.
UNICEF reports there are 260 million children in employment around the world and around 170 million of which working within the textile industry. Only as recently as June 2020, a fast fashion brand was accused of modern slavery in Leicester paying under £4 an hour.
We exclusively use 100% certified organic cotton in all of our garments.
Organic farming maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), 20,000 cotton farmers die each year from pesticide poisoning and a further 100,000 are diagnosed with cancer, severe asthma, suffer miscarriages, or develop dementia in later life. By purchasing organic garments, you are saving lives and allowing the environment to thrive on its natural resources.
The Organic Content Standard (OCS) is a certification issued by the Soil Association that verifies the presence and amount of organic material in a final product. It also tracks the flow of the raw material from its source to the final product, but does not take into account social criteria, such as working conditions. This is covered by the Fair Wear Foundation.
Some of our garments are made from a mixed blend of organic cotton and recycled polyester. Each of these garments uses approximately 20 plastic bottles to help the fight against plastic pollution whilst making the garments that much more durable. You will find this in some of our hoodies and jogging bottoms.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organisation in the world.
It is not widely known, but many brands use animal by products when dyeing garments. This cuttlefish is a vastly intelligent sea creature that has 3 hearts along with it's eye catching beauty. Yet they are often killed to create brown dyes for garments. Lac insects are used for red/violet colours whilst murex snails are used for purple dyes.
Animals create bacteria to help clean the environment whilst insects and earthworms help in agriculture by increasing soil fertility. Every living thing is valued and plays its part in making the world a sustainable place.
This is why all of our garments are vegan certified; better for you, the animals and the environment.
The Global Recycled Standard (GRS) is an international, voluntary standard that is granted by the Textile Exchange.
The Textile Exchange is positively impacting the climate through accelerating the use of preferred fibers across the global textile industry.
It is the driving force for urgent climate action on textile fiber and materials with a goal of reducing CO2 emissions from textile fiber and material production by 45% by 2030 in line with the UN's sustainable development goals (SDG).