10tacled is a responsible business and an ethical clothing company. I recognise that my actions have an impact on the environment and I am deeply committed to reducing this to the minimum possible level. My number one priority, while choosing my suppliers, is operating a zero tolerance policy on child labour, enforced labour and dangerous work environments, but I also pay close attention to their environmental policies. All 10tacled garments are made from sustainable materials and bare the markings of the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), EarthPositive, the Soil Association and Fair Ware Foundation. On my end, when it comes to decorating the garments, it is very important for me to follow these standards and keep them high. Why? Because printing on organic fabrics using toxic inks would just make no sense.
In the world of fashion the look, shape and quality of garments, as we all know, plays an extremely important role. There is also another factor, which has been unfortunately largely ignored by the industry and yet, ironically, it proves pivotal to the future of our planet and, therefore, to the future of fashion. It is the impact that each fabric has on our environment. It is not a secret anymore that conventional cotton farming runs havoc across the globe and synthetic fibres made from petrochemicals, such as polyester and nylon are not biodegradable, so they are unsustainable by their very nature. Maybe the time has come for all of us to reconsider our choices when shopping for new clothes.
Since the early days of 10tacled label I have made it my goal to find and promote the alternative solutions to these problems. When it comes to sustainable fabrics it is my mission to offer an informed choice to my customers and to share a little of what I have learned about how the fashion industry and the choices we make affect the world around us. I believe it is the customer, who by making informed decisions about ethical clothing has the real power to bring the change to how the world of fashion operates.
Your 10tacled item of clothing is made from one of the following fabrics:
Organic Cotton is a natural, renewable and biodegradable fibre made from GMO-free plants that are grown without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals (fertilisers or pesticides). 10tacled organic range supplier is a world leader (Continental/EarthPositive) in creating garments using 100% organic cotton, with a 90% reduced carbon footprint.
Bamboo is the fastest growing, high-yield and low-input plant in the world. 10tacled bamboo products come with Oeko-Tex 100 Certification, which helps ensure that there are no harmful chemicals in the finished product and no harmful chemicals went into the making of the product.
Tencel Lyocell is the most environmentally friendly man-made cellulosic fibre available today. It is produced exclusively from the wood pulp of sustainably harvested Eucalyptus trees certified by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC), and the fibre carries the Pan-European Forest Council (PEFC) quality seal.
All 10tacled suppliers are carefully selected based on their ethical and environmental policies:
- The garments are supplied exclusively by an award-winning Continental Clothing Co., which has the strongest commitment yet in the clothing business, when it comes to providing sustainable blank apparel.
- 10tacled clothing is hand printed using exclusively 100% solvent free, non-toxic Permaset Aqua water based inks, which are Oekotex Class I standard certified.
- The packaging is made from 100% recycled and recyclable materials, manufactured in UK or Europe to minimize transport and hand printed at 10tacled studio in London.
- 10tacled range of printed ECO sketchbooks utilises finest quality recycled board and 130gsm FSC ecological cartridge paper. The sketchbooks are made in Brighton, UK and hand printed at 10tacled studio in London.
Below you can find the explanation of all the eco-labels that can be found on Continental/EarthPositive ranges of clothing used by 10tacled and also on this website.
All 10tacled garments are supplied exclusively by an award-winning Continental Clothing Co., which has the strongest commitment yet in the clothing business when it comes to providing sustainable blank apparel.
Please note: All the eco-labels apply only to the blank garments. 10tacled end products (after printing) are not certified by any of these certifying bodies. 10tacled is a small, independent clothing label, and as such I cannot afford any of these expensive certifications for the time being. However, I would like to assure all my customers that all 10tacled clothing is hand printed using exclusively the highest quality Permaset Aqua water based inks. These 100% solvent free screen printing inks do not contain ozone-depleting chemicals such as CFC’s and HCFC’s, aromatic hydrocarbons, PVC, phthalates, lead, heavy metals or any toxic chemicals whatsoever (not even white spirits like other water based inks on the market). Permaset Aqua textile inks passed the Oekotex Class I standard, the highest of the four classes of certification, and are safe to use on underwear, swimwear and even baby clothes.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. The aim of the standard is to define world-wide recognised requirements that ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer.
Continental Clothing Co. is licensed by the Soil Association and the Control Union to supply fully certified organic products in accordance with the Global Organic Textile Standard. Continental Clothing Co. controls the spinning process of almost seventy percent of all the yarns used in production as part of its vertically-integrated manufacturing structure, with the remainder being carefully sourced externally. All the yarns used by the Company are fully combed and ring spun. All the fabrics are knitted at their in-house facilities, and dyed with GOTS approved chemicals, using low-water and controlled waste discharge processes, certified to OekoTex 100 Class I standard and conforming to REACH. Organic certified fabrics are dyed in a zero-discharge dyehouse, where all the water is recycled in a closed-loop system.
The Organic Content Standard blended (OCS blended) applies to any non-food product containing 5-100% organic material. It verifies the presence and amount of organic material in a final product and tracks the flow of a raw material from its source to the final product. The OCS relies on third-party verification to confirm whether a final product contains the accurate amount of a given organically grown material. OCS allows for transparent, consistent and comprehensive independent evaluation and verification of organic material content claims on products. The Control Union is a leading certification body, having certified the majority of all certified facilities.
OCS blended covers the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading and distribution of a product that contains at least 5% certified ‘organic’ materials. OCS does not address the use of chemicals or any social or environmental aspects of production beyond the integrity of the organic material. The OCS uses the chain of custody requirements of the Content Claim Standard.
The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is an independent testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of production. The requirement for certification of textile products according to OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is that all components of an item have to comply with the required criteria without exception – that means in addition to the outer material also sewing threads, linings, prints etc. as well as non-textile accessories such as buttons, zip fasteners, rivets etc.
With regard to the global structure and high division of labour in textile production the OEKO-TEX® criteria catalogue for the first time provides manufacturers in the textile and clothing industry with a uniform benchmark on a scientific basis for the evaluation of potentially harmful substances in textiles. The OEKO-TEX® label indicates the additional benefits of tested safety for skin-friendly clothing and other textiles to interested end users. The test label, therefore, provides an important decision-making tool for purchasing textiles.
Confidence in Textiles – that has been the motto of the independent testing for harmful substances according to OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 for textile products of all types which pose no risk whatsoever to health since 1992.
The testing for harmful substances always focuses on the actual use of the textile. The more intensive the skin contact of a product, the stricter the human ecological requirements to be met. The Continental Clothing certificate meets Class I criteria for textile items for babies and toddlers up to 3 years, the highest of the four classes of certification.
Fair Wear Foundation is an independent, non-profit organisation striving to improve working conditions in the textile industry. The foundation is an initiative by trade organisations in the textile sector, trade unions and NGO's.
Fair Wear Foundation verifies that member companies implement a Code of Labour Practice along their supply chain and checks compliance by monitoring audits and remediation efforts. Annual reporting by member companies and by FWF itself promotes transparency at all levels.
Continental Clothing Co. has been an FWF member since 2006.
The carbon footprint (CO2e) is the total carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and other greenhouse gases emitted during the cultivation and harvesting of cotton, fibre processing, textile production, packaging, transportation and warehousing. In January 2008, Continental Clothing Co. became the first company in the world to calculate the carbon footprint and place the Carbon Reduction Label on textile products.
Continental Clothing Co. has reduced the carbon footprint of EarthPositive® products by around 90% through a combination of innovative product design, low impact organic agriculture, efficiency in manufacturing, and by replacing standard fossil fuel based grid electricity with renewable wind power. They do not use carbon offsets and their footprint calculations are certified by the Carbon Trust Certifications in the U.K.
It has been calculated that a single EarthPositive® T-shirt saves around 7 kilograms of CO2e, whereas a hooded sweatshirt saves up to 28 kgs. Having taken the greenhouse gas emissions to pre-industrial levels, all the EarthPositive® products carry the registered mark Climate Neutral.