All of our clothes are manufactured to Fair Wear standards. This means that not only will you look great but you can feel great too, knowing you'll be supporting among other things...
• No child labour
• No forced labour
• A safe working environment
• A living wage
Otso brings quality, style and environmentally-concious garments to those who want to look their best. Our collection is screen printed locally by hand in small batches to minimise over production and wastage. All our garments are made to Fair Wear sweat shop-free industry standards in a low carbon factory. Our luxury sweaters are also made of 100% organic cotton.
Heres a few key facts about the creditials that our Otso garments carry.
An independent, not-for-profit organisation, Fair Wear strives to improve working conditions in the textile industry.
Here at Otso, we’ll always remain true to our own values by producing good quality clothing you can trust. Fair Wear – an initiative put in place by trade organisations and unions within the textile sector – ensures that companies like ours implement a Code of Labour Practice. This code indicates that compliance checks are in place every step of the way – and it helps you make a purchase you won’t regret. In short, ours is a fair and true clothing brand that puts the environment at its core.
For more about Fair Wear, mosey on over to http://www.fairwear.org
Confidence in Textiles
Our garments feature the ‘OEKO-TEX® Standard 100’ stamp of approval, too. All pieces have undergone an independent testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of production.
What that means to you, then, is great, ethical clothing you can trust.
Co2 Reduction Promise
Our 90% reduction has been achieved by a combination of low-impact organic farming, efficiency in manufacturing and transportation, and the use of renewable energy instead of the fossil fuel based grid electricity.
The carbon footprint has been calculated in accordance with BSI PAS2050 methodology, and certified by the Carbon Trust.
It has been calculated that a single Otso T-shirt saves around 7 kilograms of CO2, whereas a hooded sweatshirt saves up to 28 kgs of greenhouse gases. These are actual reductions achieved in the manufacturing, without any carbon offsetting.
Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)
A worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres (including ecological and social criteria), The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) ensures all clothing is produced fairly. Holding a licence to use the GOTS logo on all products which meet its organic standard criteria, Otso garments are always ethically-made as well as being some of the highest quality pieces you’ll find away from the high street.
Key GOTS criteria includes:
Organic fibre products must be kept separate from conventional fibre products – and clearly identified – at every stage of production
Chemical inputs – dyes, process chemicals and auxiliaries – must be evaluated in order that they meet basic requirements when it comes to toxicity and biodegradability
Bleaches used are oxygen-based (no chlorine bleaching), while Azo dyes that release carcinogenic amine compounds are prohibited
Packaging material should not contain PVC. Elsewhere, paper or cardboard used in packaging and labelling must be recycled or certified according to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)
No forced or bonded labour, with employment freely chosen
Child labour must never be used and living wages supplied at all times. On top of this, discrimination must not be practised when it comes to staffing.