Flower Print Maxi Dress by Etrican

Brand: Etrican

Attributes: Non-ToxicOrganic

Description: This maxi dress comes with two hidden pockets on the sides and there are loops along the chest line so you can wear it as a halter or loop around the neck.

Made of organic cotton in India, the dress comes in four different sizes.

Etrican was established in 2009 and is one of Singapore’s first green fashion labels offering organic cotton clothing.

You can buy from Etrican’s online store.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 4 stars based on 8 points in the following 5 criteria (updated on 18 May 2012):

Business Sustainability

2. Does the company have a sustainability policy or publish a sustainability report?

Etrican is committed to be a sustainable business and its apparel is made using environmentally friendly fabrics and materials. They use organic cotton for their clothing, and use reused or recycled materials for their accessories. They also try to be environmentally responsible in their business operations.

4. Has the company taken steps to implement green practices in the office or reduce the environmental impacts from its offices?

The company keeps their production regional to reduce carbon footprint, reduces energy consumption in their office and prints their name cards on recycled paper.

Energy and Climate Change

11. Has the company taken steps towards reducing its energy consumption, carbon dioxide or greenhouse gas emissions?

Etrican has taken steps to keep their production regional so as to reduce its carbon footprint, and also to reduce energy consumption in their office.

Materials and Waste

19. Has the company taken steps to reduce the material and packaging used for the product, or to reduce the waste generated in the production of the product or service?

The company does not give out packaging if customers are collecting the products directly from them and are fine with no packaging.

Chemicals and Health

23. Does the product or service use natural ingredients or use no harmful chemicals?

The product is GOTS certified. Based on the GOTS criteria for fibre production, a textile product carrying the GOTS label grade ‘organic’ must contain a minimum of 95% certified organic fibres.

The GOTS criteria for processing and manufacturing also includes the prohibition of critical inputs such as toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic solvents, functional nano particles, and genetically modified organisms.

24. Is the product or service certified organic and have a credible third party certification or label?

The product is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), which is recognised as the leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres, and defines environmental criteria along the supply chain and social criteria as well.

Social and Ethical

27. Does the company have a corporate social responsibility (CSR) policy?

Etrican believes in environmental and social responsibility. The company uses organic cotton certified by GOTS, which one of the social criteria is to have a policy for social accountability to ensure that the social criteria can be met.

Etrican’s accessories are handmade with the help of GtG, a non profit organisation in India offering fair employment to people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

In addition, Etrican’s gifts range are handmade or hand painted by a group of deaf and other physically challenged people employed by Silence, a centre for socio-economic rehabilitation based in India.

30. Are the company employees involved in community activities or volunteering their time to help the community or the environment?

Etrican’s founders, Yumiko and Dragos are actively involved in community activities as participating vendors or sponsors for events such as Re-Live by Eco Singapore, Project Pebbles, Green Carnival by NUS SAVE or Clean and Green Singapore.

“Love the print, and love the pockets even more! Love it love it love it. The gathers at the hem were are a clever touch and stops the skirt from billowing away. The halter supports were a little under-designed IMHO, as the dress is quite heavy, and all that fabric weighing down took a toll on my neck. I tried wearing the dress as a tube dress, but I was worried that the dress might do a full-monty on me. Some reinforcement needed at the boob area for sure, but would probably work well for someone more well-endowed.

In terms of the fit, I tried an “M”, which fitted comfortably for a UK8 like me, but the skirt is too long – more suited for a taller (1.65-1.7m) girl. I think it’ll fit UK10 well too. The fabric’s organic cotton, which has a very slightly rougher feel compared to normal cotton, but in terms of comfort level, absolutely comparable.

Did I mention the pockets? Love it love it love.”

Joelle Chen

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