OUR ETHICAL SUPPLIERS
THE SUBTROPIC'S ETHICAL POLICY
THE SUBTROPIC’s aim was to craft unique, long-lasting streetwear apparel. In essence, top quality, eco-friendly embroidered & DTG garments to slow down the overproduction in the fashion industry & promote our eco-projects across the world.
We have always been & remain fully committed to operating under ethical & environmentally friendly practices during our production processes. As a result, we're all working towards a more ethical and sustainable world. As a company, THE SUBTROPIC is fully devoted to making sure that everything we do is carried out ethical & sustainable manner.
Unfortunately, the fashion industry, has one of the worst reputations for employee working conditions & damage to the environment. We are strongly opposed to sweatshops and we crave a Utopian world where each employee is paid a fair wage for the work that they do & the environment can be positively re-balanced.
What follows are, in part, statements from the brands we use regarding their manufacturing processes & stance on environmental sustainability:
"From the conception of our brand “doing the right thing” has been important to our team and customers. We believe it is the responsibility of every individual to be a good citizen, and while being a small player in a global market can at times be daunting, we believe our impact on human rights can be just as significant as larger operations and that we can all make a difference."
"The key to our sourcing is finding the right people with the right values. Whilst auditing factories and developing our management systems and policies is important to providing an ethical sourcing framework, more important is to find and work with factory owners and management who share our values, operate a culture of dignity and respect, are in for the long term, and who like us we are willing to embrace change and continuous improvement."
"Beechfield Brands is firmly committed to offering good value products with industry leading quality standards, but not at the expense of any individual in the supply chain, nor with unacceptable environmental impact. Beechfield Brands do not condone the use of any forced or coerced labour and we implement a strict assessment process with our suppliers to ensure that factories meet, or exceed, applicable local standardsin terms of wages, health and safety, welfare and human rights."
"Beechfield Brands is committed to protecting the quality of the environment through sound environmental practice, ensuring that factories meet or exceed local environmental laws in an effort to reduce waste and minimise the environmental impact of their operations."
Beechfield are involved with:
- 1% for the Planet is a partnership.
- Carbon Literacy Project.
- Fairtrade Cotton.
- The Organic Exchange 100 Standard.
BELLA + CANVAS
"We are committed to maintaining and upholding responsible workplace and environmental standards. All US production and office facilities have received Platinum accreditation from WRAP. We only work with partners who share our values of a humane and safe worklace and are in the process of getting all our international facilities WRAP certified as well."
"Bella & Canvas are proud to produce responsibily made garments, manufatured in a humane, sustainable, eco-conscious way. 100% NO SWEATSHOPS."
"Our sewing floor is 100% solar powered and creates almost no landfill, everything we can't turn into a tee is either recycled or repurposed."
“As part of a global company, we’re committed to reducing our environmental footprint. We aim high, and we don’t shy away from a challenge. Champion is part of Hanesbrands and Hanesbrands is well on its way to achieving its 2020 global environmental goals:”
Champion's 2030 Sustainability Goals:
- Reduce water usage by 50%.
- Reduce carbon emissions by 40%.
- Reduce energy consumption by 40%.
- Go renewable for 40% of our energy needs.
- Divert 100% of company-owned supply chain waste from landfills.
"Gildan is committed to maintaining high ethical standards in all its operations and business practices worldwide. The Gildan Code of Conduct defines Gildan's values and acts as a framework in guiding its operations and business practices, as well as those of its contractors, consultants, agents and suppliers."
"The Gildan Genuine Stewardship programme outlines its strategic priorities in the areas of People, Environment, Community and Product. Gildan incorporates social and environmental responsibility practices into its manufacturing processes, while providing a safe, healthy workplace for all its employees."
"Our Honesty Project focuses on creating fantastic product, thoughtfully engineered for the great outdoors. In doing so we will enhance the lives of those touched by our business."
"Since day one in 2011, Stanley/Stella has embraced the Fair Wear Foundation initiatives and has been focusing on cooperating in a responsible way with its suppliers, to the benefit of all workers. Respect for the planet is also strongly rooted in our DNA, as 100% of our cotton is certified organic (by GOTS or OCS), grown without pesticides, GMOs or chemical fertilisers. Other raw materials are also highly ranked on the “sustainability scale”: recycled polyester, Modal®, Tencel®, linen, and more."
"In order to build strong and close partnerships with production facilities, Stanley/Stella has decided to select a very limited number of factories to work with, in a limited number of countries. The members of the Stanley/Stella board have made an important step towards in- creased transparency. Based on a proposal supported by the CEO and the newly appointed Sustainability Manager, we publicly name all of our factories, giving more weight to the trans- parency objective than to the business interests of keeping confidentiality."