Aspecks Ltd strives to maintain a low carbon footprint, we utilise re-useable wooden printing screens and environmentally friendly inks (as long as they are cured before disposal). Waste is minimal as we reuse any surplus ink on the subsequent t-shirt and old t-shirts can be re-used as testers or rags for cleaning purposes. Although we rely on the postal system and road transport for our deliveries, we aspire to offset these emissions through schemes such as carbon retirement.
We believe that consumer power can influence Government policy and argue that the choices we make can have a significant positive affect on the lives of millions of people around the World. This is why we believe that sustainable and ethical cotton is an essential choice in improving global equality and enforcing global standards for working conditions. It is a shame that currently Fair Trade products are often more expensive than their non-fair trade equivalents because if everyone was buying Fair Trade then more workers would receive a fairer price for their labour and ultimately fair trade products would become cheaper to the consumer. Consequently Aspecks sources garments from Continental Clothing and Gildan as a result their high commitment for labour rights, ethical production, and environmental protection.
As a Business-to-Business supplier of ready-to-print apparel, Continental Clothing have calculated the carbon footprint of all their products range from the cotton field, through processing, manufacturing, transport, up to the point of our distribution warehouses. All the Company’s manufacturing facilities have been audited for social compliance and are running active monitoring programmes in accordance with standards advocated by the International Labour Organisation, the Ethical Trading Initiative and other international bodies. These are in addition to other compliance certifications, such as SA8000, BSCI, SAFE, GOTS, etc. As party of their Code of Conduct, Continental Clothing Company has adopted a Zero Tolerance policy with regard to the following minimum social responsibility criteria:
- No use of child labour;
- No use of forced labour;
- Safe and healthy working conditions;
- Legal labour contracts;
- Payment of living wage;
- Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining;
- No discrimination against employees; and
- No excessive hours of work
Gildan run a Social Compliance Program for labour practices and working conditions. This program is designed to ensure that, at a minimum, all facilities comply with our their own strict internal Code of Conduct, local and international laws, and the codes to which they adhere, including those of Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production (WRAP) and Fair Labor Association (FLA). When external suppliers are being used, they must also adhere to these codes. This is, in fact, a condition for doing business with Gildan.
In April 2004, Gildan became the first manufacturer catering to the wholesale imprinted activewear market to obtain the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certification. This unique certification provides the textile and clothing industry with a globally uniform standard for the objective assessment of the presence of harmful substances. Raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of processing throughout the manufacturing chain, including accessories, are tested and certified.