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A relaxed fit, knitted, organic cotton sweatshirt.
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Length: 62cm front, 66cm back
Care: 30° mild machine wash, do not bleach, do not tumble dry, iron at low temperature, do not dry clean
100% Organic Cotton
The Brand Story
Founded in 2007 in Cologne, ARMEDANGELS are pioneers in the ethical and sustainable fashion industry. Their team visits workers throughout their supply chain from cotton farmers through to cut and sew factories. They use a variety of more sustainable materials including, organic cotton, recycled polyester and Tencel®. ARMEDANGELS are constantly working to transform the fashion industry - and to show they are not just talk they work with a number of independent certifications: Global Organic Textile Standard, Fair Wear Foundation and Fairtrade.They have been very transparent with us about where they are performing well and where they can improve. They are true pioneers both environmentally and socially within the fashion industry focussing on modern, contemporary collections instead of changing trends. Fair Fashion instead of Fast Fashion.
Organic cotton is better for the soil, the farmers and their families because of the damage that can be caused by chemicals used in conventional cotton production. Compared to conventional or generic fibre this organic cotton uses 91% less water, 61% less energy and 46% less CO2 to produced.
This garment was made in Bera Tekstil, Istanbul, Turkey. The factory has a free doctor available to employees as well as free meals and transportation. It is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard and has been assessed by the FairWear Foundation. ARMEDANGELS have been working with Bera Tekstil since 2015 and visit their factories a minimum of two times a year. These certifications, along with ARMEDANGELS personal visits, help to ensure good environmental practices and social standards.
Where ARMEDANGELS can improve?
ARMEDANGELS are implementing a pioneering open costing method with their factories to increase worker wages. Paying living wages - a wage high enough to cover a families basic needs, which is often higher than a countries minimum wage - is one of the areas that the vast majority of brands in the fashion industry are falling behind in. We’re pleased to see that this is on ARMEDANGELS agenda and they are making steps towards it.