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At MG/B we consider the impacts of our garment every step of the way and look to continually improve where possible.
RCM-ORGANIC create garments for some the best brands in the world and are a highly respected factory.
They have created a partnership called The Chetna Project, a cotton supply and manufacturing arm of RCM. They work with a group of small and marginal cotton farmers with the aim of improving the livelihoods of these farmers by cultivating a sustainable and profitable occupation for them.
You can read more about them here.
Fairtrade is one of the largest most diverse global movements for change, working with 1.7 million farmers and workers by creating an essential safety net for producers by setting minimum prices for all major commodities, including cotton.
Fairtrade believes the best way to eliminate poverty is to pay farmers a fair price for their produce and workers a fair wage for their labour.
Fairtrade are the only global sustainability standard, which is equally owned and managed by producers, for producers, while Fairtrade workers are protected by strong, transparent standards.
They also support women to set up their own businesses and they train them to become entrepreneurs and community leaders.
Fairtrade standards are an essential development tool which go way beyond certification.
For farmers and workers, Fairtrade means:
Organic production is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of toxic, persistent pesticides or synthetic fertilisers.
In addition, it includes welfare standards for animal husbandry and prohibits genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
For you, the use of organic cotton in your underwear protects you from being exposed to toxic chemicals while creating breathability against the skin. Also, organic cotton underwear has better sweat absorption, which can prevent any form of yeast and bacteria growth in sensitive areas of your body.
Quite simply it’s the purest and healthiest organic cotton in the world.
Unlike conventional cotton it does not require excessive amounts of water to grow and unlike bamboo, it doesn’t require intense chemical treatment before it can be usable.
Organic cotton is also incredibly soft on the skin, low-allergenic and takes to natural dyes quite easily.
This means they don’t use conventional dyes, instead we use ‘low impact’ dyes which have significantly less harmful impacts. Using these dyes compared to conventional dyes means:
These organisations provide technical, agricultural, economic and marketing support to its members to improve sustainability in farming and increased profitability for them.
These organisations are:
Based in Hyderabad, they work with about 35,000 small-scale farmers throughout the rainfed regions of central India.
Suminter India Organics produces high-quality natural, organic ingredients and materials in socially responsible, environmentally sustainable conditions.
They work closely with over 20,000 farmers to grow, harvest and process organic goods with the fairest and most ethical practices. Based in Mumbai they work in nine Indian states and strive for excellence from sourcing to delivering the purest non-GMO products worldwide.
Based in Madhya Pradesh, Noble Ecotech is one of the largest fairtrade organic producers in the world.
Their fundamental purpose is to cultivate a healthy eco system by using natural and traditional agricultural practices that benefit both the farmers and the welfare of the society.
The first cotton mill in India was established in 1818, so their history with growing, milling and producing cotton dates back a long way.
In India organically produced cotton offers a life choice and alternative to thousands of marginal farmers, for whom cotton is a very valuable cash crop, providing intercropping opportunities leading to food self-sufficiency and a less expensive method of production.
In addition, over the years MG/B have created strong working relationships with our factory partners who’s standard of production is world class.
And we use an elastane waist band to make sure they stay on your body.
We are continually looking to improve our footprint and we are actively looking for new solutions to our elastane use. If you have any ideas, drop us a line.
Specifically our factories carry the following certifications:
Fairtrade works with farmers who’ve formed small producer organisations, as well as contract production organisations in the process of forming independent cooperatives. Many Fairtrade cotton organisations are in West Africa – namely Mali, Senegal, Cameroon and Burkina Faso. But it's India that grows the most fairtrade certified cotton.
Cotton production is linked to several environmental issues: Extensive usage of agrochemicals and excessive use of water put fresh water supplies for local populations at risk. Unpredictable weather conditions also endanger the livelihoods of small-scale farmers. Fairtrade works with farmers to stop or reduce the usage of agrochemicals and supports them to adapt to changing climate patterns. Fairtrade cotton fields in Western Africa and India are rainfed, reducing the region’s water footprint, when compared with production in other countries.
Requirements in the Fairtrade Standards also protect farmers’ health and safety and ban genetically modified cotton seeds. A large percentage of fairtrade cotton is also organic certified, and Fairtrade encourages and empowers cotton farmers to protect the natural environment as an integral part of their farm management.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) was developed by leading standard setters to define world-wide recognised requirements for organic textiles. From the harvesting of the raw materials, environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing, to labelling, textiles are certified by GOTS to provide a credible assurance to the consumer.
SA 8000 SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY STANDARD
SA8000 is the leading social certification standard for factories and organisations across the globe. Established by Social Accountability International (SAI) in 1997 as a multi-stakeholder initiative, the Standard has evolved into an overall framework that helps certified organisations demonstrate their dedication to the fair treatment of workers.
We are proud to have been awarded ‘Great’ (the highest possible score) by the team that curates the ethics of brands at Good On You. The criteria is based on people, planet and animals to determine their recommendations for a wide selection of brands around the world.
We have been awarded with an A+ rating with the Baptist World Aid report 5 years in a row (2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020).
We are proud to have signed the Modern Slavery Act in Australia in 2018 which seeks to address modern slavery risks in supply chains.
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