Here at Shirtworks we love our planet and believe in helping to save it through ethical business. ‘Organic’ and ‘Fairtrade’ have become bywords, certainly, in the t-shirt printing industry, and many customers are becoming much more discerning about the garments and products that they buy. Businesses are being compelled to consider what impact their business is having on the planet - both socially and environmentally.
One industry that is under scrutiny is the cotton clothing and t-shirt printing market as it seems to have encompassed many of the areas of concern: sweatshops, child labour, pesticides and deforestation. It is not surprising therefore that many of our customers are starting to take a real interest in the ‘purity’ of their printed t-shirts and promotional clothing lines.
We’re proud to offer a wide range of ethical t-shirt options, from selling plain ethical t-shirts to offering a range of ethical t-shirt printing services, including screen printing, digital printing, embroidery and more. We work with a wide variety of the leading ethical t-shirt suppliers and manufacturers to ensure we can offer to best prices while continuing to fight the good fight in providing ethically sourced t-shirts.
Check out our range of eco-friendly t-shirts by clicking on the banner below, and take a look at our eco-friendly t-shirt printing options here.
We’re proud to stock both Fair Trade t-shirts and Fair Wear t-shirts and are often asked what the difference is between the two. The truth is, they’re essentially the same thing, in that they have a shared goal of helping to ensure clothing producers are treated fairly. They do differ slightly in terms of how they approach different areas of the clothing supply chain, but overall they’re pretty similar.
We offer a wide range of Fair Trade t-shirts (and other Fair Trade garments) which can be used for custom t-shirt printing. We also have an in-house team who can support you with your Fair Trade t-shirt design. For more information, feel free to give us a quick call on 0800 072 5334 and one of our friendly advisors will be able to help.
Looking to buy in bulk? We can provide wholesale Fair Trade t-shirts at competitive prices. Simply identify the Fair Trade t-shirt you wish to purchase, and use our easy quote form to get a free no obligation quote for your bulk order.
We offer a complete range of men and women’s organic cotton clothing, from organic cotton t-shirts to polo shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, pants, and bags. One of the main reasons consumers are opting for organic t-shirts over standard t-shirts is that they are free from allergenic, carcinogenic and toxic chemical residues, which is good for both the customer and the cotton farmers.
Shirtworks has worked hard to add to our corporate and social responsibility charter. We are proud to announce that we have achieved certification by the Soil Association as a supplier of organic clothing and products using decorated organic processes.
In December 2009, Shirtworks became recognised as Europe's ONLY t-shirt printers and shirt embroiderers with Soil Association Accreditation and we are still proud to hold that badge.
The Fair Trade Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation and their aim is to give a sustainable livelihood to the workers that are involved in all aspects of the production of goods and in our case, clothing. When you see the Fair Trade Foundation Mark you know from the production of the raw material to the finished product that the product has been certified and the workers have been treated fairly.
Brands that use the Fair Trade Foundation Mark
The Fair Wear Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation that has been set up specifically to improve working conditions in the garment industry . More and more customers are demanding to know what goes into the production of their garments. When you purchase a Fair Wear certified product you know that the pay and conditions in the local market are fair and just.
The Living Wage Foundation sets an hourly rate that employees can earn to ensure that they can live poverty free. At Shirtworks we are proud that we are members of the Living Wage Foundation and our employees are able to earn the living wage that is set by the foundation. We believe in rewarding our employees fairly and by doing so we feel we maintain an exceptional high service and value for money to our customers.
GOTS is an organisation consisting of four member organisations, the OTA (USA), IVN (Germany), Soil association (UK) and JOCA (Japan). Their mission is that organic textiles will become a significant part of everyday life, enhancing people’s lives and the environment.Global Organic Textile Standard
Their mission is the development, implementation, verification, protection and promotion of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). This standard stipulates requirements throughout the supply chain for both ecology and labour conditions in textile and apparel manufacturing using organically produced raw materials. Organic production is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic, persistent pesticides and fertilisers. In addition, organic production relies on adequate animal husbandry and excludes genetic modification.
Shirtworks is a member of GOTS and our membership details can be found here. We now are able to offer a fantastic selection of organic clothing for printing and embroidery that has been designed with style in mind and colours to suit all tastes. GOTS requires our printing to use approved inks which are not as vibrant as oil based inks. Our sales team can advise you on what will work for your project.
Sedex is a ethical data exchange that is a not for profit members organisation and is dedicated to showing a transparent responsible and ethical supply chain. Shirtworks are proud to be members of Sedex and means that you can purchase from us with confidence. Brands that are also members of Sedex:
WRAP is an independent, non-profit team of global social compliance experts. Their main aim is to visit facilities that are involved in the production of clothing and certify the facility complies with local laws, workplace regulations, universal workers rights and environmental regulations.
Brands that are WRAP certified
Global Recycle Standard (GRS) is a certification that ensures that the materials that are claimed to be recycled would have been gone into the solid waste stream.
This can be pre consumer, for instance off cuts from the manufacturing process, or post consumer, such as plastic bottles. For more information please go to the Textile Exchange.
Brands that are GRS Standard
Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 is mark given to textiles that have proved that harmful substances are not used in manufacturing and that the workforce are not exposed to any. The garment has been proven safe to wear and will not cause harm to the skin when worn.
Brands that are Oeko-Tex® Standard 100
PETA, people for the ethical treatment of animals have approved Earthpositive and Stanley/Stella range of organic certified clothing, making them Vegan approved.
Brands that are Peta Approved
YOU CAN HELP! Ask us to provide you with your garments, UNBAGGED! This will help reduce the amount of plastic in our processes and also reduce our carbon footprint.