How and where our shirts are made

The fabric for our shirts is provided by the only manufacturer of hemp textiles in the world that is both a member of the FairWearFoundation and certified according to the Global Organic Textile Standard: Hemp Fortex from Qingdao/China. The production facilities are located in the nearby small town of Rushan, the hometown of company founder Ding Hongliang. The 200 employees are locals with permanent contracts. Around two thirds of them have been at Hemp Fortex for longer than three years, the workforce turnover is low for Chinese standards.

 

The sewing room at Hemp Fortex during our visit in June 2018
The sewing room at Hemp Fortex during our visit in June 2018

 

According to the latest FairWear audit report, which is in our possession, Hemp Fortex honours the respective working standards and has continuously made improvements in the past few years. Subcontracting is rare and has not taken place a single time in the two years before the audit. Employees enjoy a number of benefits, like subsidized meals in the company's canteen, housing subsidies, a free shuttle bus to work and back home, offers for sports, company trips etc.

 

Fabrik production is highly automatized, only few workforce are needed here
Fabrik production is highly automatized, only few workforce are needed here

 

During a visit in June 2018 we were able to get our own impression of the working conditions at Hemp Fortex. We are convinced that we can buy here with a good social and ecological conscience. Fibre processing, spinning and dying take place in two partner companes that are also GOTS certified. We were not able to visit those yet, but other labels who have been Hemp Fortex customers for years were already able to inspect the entire production chain. You find a lot of info in this brochure (German only) of German hemp textile label Hempage.

 

 

The employees of the workers cooperative Humana Nova from Cakovec/Croatia
The employees of the workers cooperative Humana Nova from Cakovec/Croatia

 

The shirts are tailored in the garment factory Humana Nova in Cakovec/Croatia. Humana Nova has emerged from a social project conducted by the local punk community. Its aim as to train socially disadvantaged persons and bring them into work. The company that was the result of this project is a workers' cooperative - there is no company owner, and there are no shareholders. Instead, the employees form the company and make decisions democratically.

 

The employees belong to different disadvantaged groups, e.g. deaf persons or Roma.
The employees belong to different disadvantaged groups, e.g. deaf persons or Roma.

 

Most of them are physically or mentally handicaped and are therefore discriminated on the labour market. At Humana Nova, they get the opportunity to make a living and often also evolve personally. Humana Nova is not a FairWear member, but certified according to the independent and widely used standard SA-8000. Here, too, we have inspected the working conditions during an on-site visit in June 2018 and have thus decided to have the shirts made there.

 

The shirts are then screen printed using the environmentally friendly GOTS standard at Textildruck Europa in Halle (Saale), Germany. For individual orders, we can also organize prints with other techniques like transfer print or digital print.