Brand Sustainability Report
Why We Chose to Partner with Them
When it comes to making business decisions, one of the crucial factors for us is sustainability. We believe in the importance of supporting companies that prioritize ethical practices and demonstrate a commitment to protecting the environment. This is why we decided to partner with The Classic T-Shirt Company. In this post, we will delve into the reasons behind our decision, with a particular focus on their sustainability practices and certifications.
GOTS Certified Organic Cotton
The Classic T-Shirt Company stands out for its use of fully GOTS certified organic cotton. While the term “organic” is often overused, being GOTS certified is not an easy feat. It requires meeting stringent requirements, such as ensuring the cotton is grown without genetically modified seeds, free from toxic pesticides or fertilizers, and responsibly using water. By adhering to these standards, The Classic T-Shirt Company ensures that their cotton is better for the planet and for all of us.
Ethically Sourced Materials
In addition to using organic cotton, The Classic T-Shirt Company is committed to sourcing materials ethically. They obtain their cotton from local farms in India, ensuring that the sourcing process is transparent and accountable.
Reduced Plastic Shipping
Environmental concerns extend beyond the production process, and The Classic T-Shirt Company recognizes this. They have taken steps to reduce plastic waste by implementing sustainable packaging and shipping practices. By prioritizing eco-friendly materials and reducing plastic usage, they contribute to minimizing their environmental footprint.
Manufacturing in the USA
The Classic T-Shirt Company proudly manufactures its products in the USA. This decision ensures that their manufacturing process adheres to reasonable labor laws, guaranteeing fair working conditions for their employees. Furthermore, by manufacturing locally, they support the local economy and reduce their carbon emissions associated with long-distance transportation.
Paying USA Workers Above Market Rate
Supporting fair wages is essential for creating a sustainable and equitable business model. The Classic T-Shirt Company goes above and beyond by paying their workers in the USA above market rate. This commitment to fair compensation contributes to the well-being of their employees and strengthens the local community.
No Clear Data on Fair Trade Practices or Living Wages with Foreign Suppliers
While The Classic T-Shirt Company demonstrates strong sustainability practices domestically, there is currently limited information available regarding fair trade practices and living wages with their foreign suppliers. As an organization focused on promoting ethical and sustainable business practices, we encourage The Classic T-Shirt Company to enhance transparency and work towards fair trade certifications for their global supply chain.
Pledged 1% of Profits to Charities
In addition to their sustainability efforts, The Classic T-Shirt Company has consistently pledged 1% of their profits to charitable organizations. This commitment demonstrates their dedication to making a positive impact beyond their business operations. By supporting initiatives such as Water for People, Armenia Tree Project, and The Ocean Cleanup, they actively contribute to addressing pressing social and environmental challenges.
Auditing the Entire Supply Chain
The Classic T-Shirt Company recognizes the importance of understanding and addressing potential sustainability issues throughout their supply chain. They conduct regular audits to ensure compliance with their standards and continuously seek improvement. This proactive approach demonstrates their commitment to accountability and sustainability.
Not Currently a Certified B Corp
Although The Classic T-Shirt Company has yet to obtain B Corp certification, which evaluates a company’s social and environmental performance, it is clear that they prioritize sustainable practices. Becoming a certified B Corp could further validate their commitment to these principles and serve as a benchmark for ongoing improvement.
Our decision to partner with The Classic T-Shirt Company was driven by their strong sustainability practices and certifications. From using GOTS certified organic cotton to reducing plastic shipping, manufacturing in the USA, and paying above-market wages, they have made significant strides towards operating in an ethical and environmentally responsible manner. While they still have room for improvement, particularly regarding fair trade practices and certifications, we believe that our partnership will contribute to their ongoing commitment to sustainability.