About Our Company
Yugen Clothing is a U.K independent clothing label based in Bristol and London. All of our cotton t-shirts, sweaters, and hoodies are 100% organic cotton and are ethically sourced. Our earth positive, climate neutral tees are designed and illustrated by local independent illustrators. We pride ourselves on green, great quality apparel and have a passion for interesting and out of the box designs. We hope you enjoy our natural Yugen tees, jumpers and other clothes.
About Our Clothing
We, Yugen Clothing Ltd, ethically source all our clothing from trusted and approved, eco-friendly and sustainable textile suppliers.
We all have a right to a safe and healthy work environment, a living wage, a legally binding contract. We all have a right to be free from discrimination and harassment, to join – or not to join – a labour union, to choose our work freely. We all have a right to fair and reasonable working hours. And our children have a right to go to school.
The suppliers have adopted a robust policy with regard to the following minimum social responsibility criteria:
- No use of child labour
- No use of forced labour
- Safe and healthy working conditions
- Legal labour contracts
- Payment of living wage
- Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
- No discrimination against employees
- No excessive hours of work
Our suppliers have been running a pro-active social responsibility programme as a member of Fair Wear Foundation since early 2006. All the Company’s manufacturing facilities are regularly audited for social compliance and are running active monitoring programmes in accordance with standards advocated by the International Labour Organisation, the Ethical Trading Initiative and other international bodies. The Company publishes an annual Social Report.
FWF is governed by the following organisations:
- Modint (business association for manufacturers and distributors of fashion, interior design, carpets and textiles)
- CBW-MITEX (business association for retailers of interior design, fashion, shoes and sportswear)
- FNV Bondgenoten (federation of trade unions – service industry)
- CNV Dienstenbond (Christian trade union – service industry)
- Clean Clothes Campaign
Sustainable manufacturing is the creation of manufactured products through economically-sound processes that minimise negative environmental impacts while conserving energy and natural resources. Sustainable manufacturing also enhances employee, community, and product safety.
Our suppliers recognise that garment manufacturing is one of the most environmentally damaging and harmful industrial sectors on the planet, and takes decisive and often pioneering steps towards addressing the many negative impacts. Starting with the sourcing of raw materials, the Company ensures full traceability of the 100% certified organic cotton used in Yugen Clothing’s EarthPositive® products.
Our suppliers have been vivid supporters of many high profile campaigns, including the Clean Cotton Campaign, Pick Your Cotton Carefully, and have been working with the Environmental Justice Foundation and the Pesticide Action Network for many years. Our suppliers are active contributors to the International Working Group on the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). The Company is certified under the Global Organic Textile Standard and the Global Recycle Standard.
Carbon footprint reduction
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, our supplier became the first company in the world to calculate the carbon footprint and place the Carbon Reduction Label on textile products.
We have 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 grid electricity with renewable wind power. We do not use carbon offsets and our 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”.