IRBC (Dutch) Agreement on sustainable Garments and Textile
Okimono is actively involved in creating sustainable garment and textile production, where discrimination, child and forced labour is prevented and environmental damage and animal suffering is provided as much as possible; Due Diligence. That is why we work closely together with producers who work by various international standards and who, just like us, strive to constantly improve their production process and supply chain.
(source: IRBC (Dutch) Agreement on sustainable Garments and Textile)
Due Diligence – OESO
Under the flag of IRBC an auditing system was developed to help guide companies through this process of ‘due diligence’. By signing the treaty Okimono has committed itself to work within this system, to get the utmost insight in its production and supply chain. The auditing system is based on OESO-guidelines, Guiding Principles van de VN concerning companies and human rights and on ISO 26000.
All our shirts, hoodies and sweaters are being produced under the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).
This GOTS-label is an international label for organic textiles and guarantees an environmentally and socially friendly production process, with additional standards for the products. These standards apply to the complete chain (farming phase excepted) from harvesting raw fibre to labelling, thus ensuring an honest and credible product for the end user.
The standards for organic cotton are established in European legislation. For the growth no synthetic crop protection can be used, nor any genetically modified organisms or fertilizer. Cotton, wool, silk, flax and hemp can be organically grown; mostly cotton is organically grown. There are no specific rules concerning the growth of cotton in areas where water is scarce, but there has to be a water management plan in place.
(source: keurmerkenwijzer, milieu centraal)
Contrary to ‘regular’ cotton, organic cotton is grown without the use of pesticides or other toxins. Organic cotton farmers make use of organic fertilizer and crop protection. Crop rotation is mandatory, to help prevent soil diseases and insect infestation. The demand for organic cotton is growing, but still only concerns about 0,2% of all cotton production. Of all textile fibres cotton is one of the most polluting: it uses up a lot of water, pesticides and energy. One cotton t-shirt costs 2700 litres of water. Cotton production is responsible for 2,6% of worldwide water consumption. Half of all textiles are made from cotton. .
(source: Awearness Fashion)
Cotton is labelled the most valuable non-food farming commodity as well as being the dirtiest crop. Vomiting, paralysis, incontinence, coma, seizures and even death are some of the many side effects that farmers and children suffer from in third world countries, being exposed to pesticides of which most are abolished or extremely restricted in western countries. Because over 90% of the world’s cotton farmers live in developing countries, these pesticides are being used in areas where illiteracy is high and safety awareness is low, resulting in high risks for the people and environment in these areas: “The dangers with which poor illiterate children and farmers have to live, to keep our clothes cheap, is unacceptable”.
(source: Environmental Justice Foundation, Steve Trent)
OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100
The trimmings used in our products meet the Standard 100 criteria OEKO-TEX. This is a worldwide consistent, independent testing system, for the use of harmful substances in raw, semi-finished and finished textiles at all production levels and for trimmings - for example raw, dyed and finished yarns, woven and knitted fabrics and trimmings such as buttons, eyelets and stitching yarn.
The ISO 14001 certificate helps companies to meet their own sustainability goals, by more efficient use of sources and means and by waste reduction.
The International Organization for Standardization ISO is an independent organisation, uniting 162 different national organisations for standardizations, focusing on the development and publication of international standards.