Ethically made T-shirts and Sweatshirts from Rock On Ruby
Ok, so you’re here ’cos you probably watched that Blue Planet by David Attenborough... or you watched that documentary that Stacey Dooley did (Fashions Dirty Secrets), so now you want a bit more information about your clothes.
Well, DON’T WORRY. We totally saw that documentary too. And we decided then and there that things had to change.
In 2016, we decided to make the switch to ethical, fairwear clothing (read more about this in our interview with Ethical Market here). We wanted to be proud of the garments that we were selling, and as our main aim was to try and make a business that would provide a living for us, it seems only fair that this should be the same for the people who make our clothing too. We switched from our previous sweatshirt supplier to a new manufacturer that are:
- Certified BCI cotton (committed to sourcing sustainable raw materials and supporting sustainable cotton)
- PETA approved Vegan
- Part of the Textile Exchange
- Approved by the Fairwear Foundation
- Member of the BSCI
- Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex
This means that they are approved by the Fairwear Foundation. The Foundation is working to ensure that all the clothing we sell is ethically made and provides garment workers in factories with better working conditions.
- The workers Employment is freely chosen
- There is no discrimination in Employment
- No exploitation of Child Labour
- The right of all workers to form and join trade unions and bargain collectively shall be recognised.
- Payment of a living wage
- Reasonable hours of work
- Safe and healthy working conditions
- Legally binding employment relationship
Our sweatshirts are currently manufactured in Pakistan.
We’re really pleased to announce that we have switched the following T-shirts to organic cotton tops: White, Grey, Pale Pink, Nude, Black, Navy, Burgundy, Mustard T-shirts.
Our T-shirts are made from 100% organic, combed cotton and manufactured in Southern India.
They are GOTS certified (GOTS are the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres) and the entire production process is controlled and certified in accordance with the latest version of GOTS. All products are labelled as Organic.
The way our t-shirts are produced complies with the FWF Code of Labour practices in accordance with the International Labour Organisation’s conventions, and are also Fairwear approved.
90% REDUCED CARBON FOOTPRINT
Our T-shirts are made in manufacturing facilities that are powered by green renewable energy, from low-impact raw materials.
OEKO TEX CERTIFIED
Ok, bear with us as this is about to get Science-y...
Our clothing and printing materials are Oeko Tex approved which means we can have confidence in our textiles.
The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all processing levels. The test checks for harmful substances in textiles.
A valid OEKO-TEX® certificate produced by a supplier provides us independent proof of the product being harmless to health and skin-friendly clothing.
Our printing materials are ’REACH compliant’. REACH addresses the production and use of chemical substances, and their potential impacts on both human health and the environment.
Several items in our range are from different manufacturers to the above and will have different production standards. These are:
Navy & White Striped T-shirts: 100% Cotton.
Wrap Accredited. Sedex Member
Standard Sweatshirts: Cream, Dusky Pink, Dusky Blue Sweatshirts: 80% Ringspun cotton, 20% Polyester.
Wrap Accredited. Sedex Member
All Rock On Ruby sweatshirt, T-shirts and make up bags are packaged in paper bags before they are shipped in our colourful mailing bags. The inks on our paper bags are water based and the paper is fully recyclable.
We made the switch to these paper bags in 2017 and since then are proud that we have since used over 160,000 less plastic bags in our packaging* (as of August 2020)
Since 2019, we have made the switch to plain white compostable / biodegradable mail bags. The compostable mail bags are designed to compost within your Home compost.
The biodegradable bags are designed to break down within weeks.
The bags are completely opaque and 100% biodegradable. Each bag has a double glue line to allow the bag to be used again!
Our paper packaging (used to ship sweatshirts) is produced using FSC approved paper.
How your item will be shipped
T-shirt: Striped Paper Bag and biodegradable mail bag or paper mailer!
Make Up Bag - Striped paper bag and brown envelope
Sweatshirt - Striped Paper Bag and Paper bag
Hoodie - Striped Paper Bag and Paper bag
Mug - White cardboard box and Compostable or biodegradable mail bag
Cardboard: We ensure that all the boxes that our stock arrives in is properly recycled with our local council. Along with any tins, glass and plastics!
Sometimes (rarely!) things can go wrong with a top during our making process. They’re not often major faults, but we Quality Check everything before it leaves us!
Any misprints or seconds will be included in our weekly Sample Sale on instagram (see our Stories every Wednesday) Any items that can’t be resold, get donated to our local ’clothing recycling’ company so they can get redistributed and re-used.
WHAT’S NEXT? 2022
We have made some large changes to our production and product, however we recognise that we can do more and that this is an ongoing process.
We are constantly looking for more materials and quality, sustainable base products. We are currently researching bamboo, tencel and recycled t-shirts.
May 2022: We are currently testing new vinyl transfers with a paper backing to help reduce the amount of plastic in our production process. We are also investigating new sustainable ambroidery threads.
We welcome any feedback & suggestions! Let us know your ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org