Pygmy Sloth T-Shirt by The Tree Shirt House

August 13, 2012 by  
Filed under Clothing, Fashion, Men, New Products and Services

Brand: The Tree Shirt House

Attributes: Fair Trade, Non-Toxic, Organic

Description: Inspired by the native of the Isla Escudo de Veraguas in Panama, this T-shirt is produced as one of the ways to raise awareness and to conserve the unique three toed pygmy sloth, which numbers less than 500 in the world and is listed as critically endangered.

Made of 100% organic cotton, the proceeding of this T-shirt will be donated to The TREE Foundation as a fund for the conservation of the three toed pygmy sloth in Isla Escudo.

The Tree Shirt House specializes in creating unique, wildlife story-telling organic cotton T-shirts for a cause. The brand only produces 500 T-shirts per design and color and donates a certain amount of proceedings to wildlife charities.

You can buy The Tree Shirt House products from their website.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 3 stars based on 5 points in the following 3 criteria (updated on 30 July 2012):

Business Sustainability

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

The Tree Shirt House is committed to being a sustainable company using organic and fair trade cotton, and contributing to wildlife charities.

Chemicals and Health

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

This product is made of 100% organic cotton and, as required by the GOTS, does not suffer from any toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic solvents, functional nano particles, genetically modified organisms, or any other harmful input during the manufacturing process.

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

This product is produced using cotton that is certified organic by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).

GOTS is the worldwide textile processing standard for organic fibres, which also includes ecological and social criteria.

25. Has the company taken steps to reduce the chemicals used in the product or service?

The company did their due diligence in working with a manufacturer that is certified under GOTS, and not using any harmful inputs such as toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic solvents, functional nano particles, and genetically modified organisms.

Social and Ethical

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

The company is committed to be a socially responsible business. Each T-shirt designed by The Tree Shirt House is mostly based on a story of an endangered wild animal, and USD$5 is donated to the animal’s cause for every T-shirt sold.

The company also ensures that the manufacturer of the T-shirts is compliant with FairTrade and GOTS standards.

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Natural T-Shirt by BGO

Brand: BGO

Attributes: Non-toxic, Organic

Description: This simple and plain undyed organic cotton T-shirt by BGO is suitable for matching with a jacket or just for normal wear.

This unisex tee is made from organic cotton from India, and comes in five different sizes.

BGO is a Singapore-based eco shop that provides organic cotton clothing and organic food, and other eco-friendly consumer products.

You can buy from BGO’s online store.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 3 stars based on 6 points in the following 5 criteria (updated on 19 June 2012):

Business Sustainability

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

The company has implemented several green initiatives. For example, their online eco shop uses a green web host, and they print on unused side of papers and save flyers and mailers for printing and writing materials.

Energy and Climate Change

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

The company uses energy-saving electrical appliances, and its website is hosted by a green web host that purchases wind energy credits.

Materials and Waste

16. Is the product grown in a sustainable manner?

The product is made from organic cotton, which is grown without the use of chemical fertilisers.

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 uses recycled boxes and packaging materials to pack items for delivery.

Chemicals and Health

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

The product is made from 100% organic cotton, which is grown without the use of chemical fertilisers.

Social and Ethical

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

Besides implementing several green practices, the company also dedicates a portion of the sales proceeds towards funding earth conservation projects and humanitarian social groups.

“I like how soft and natural the t-shirt feels on my body. However the style is pretty basic. If it were more of a ladies cutting, it would definitely be a staple–I would pair it with anything!”

- Isabela Clarissa

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Happiness T-shirt by Earth Creations

Brand: Earth Creations

Attributes: Non-toxic, Organic

Description: This scoop-necked T-Shirt has a playful typography on the words ‘peace’, ‘love’ and ‘happiness’.

This ladies tee is made from hemp and organic cotton dyed with clay and low-impact dye, and comes in three different sizes.

Earth Creations is a US eco fashion clothing brand that combines clay dyeing with organic and sustainable fibers.

Earth Creations’s products are distributed by BGO Online Shop. You can buy from their online store.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 4 stars based on 8 points in the following 5 criteria (updated on 11 June 2012):

Business Sustainability

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

The company embraces sustainability through the use of sustainably grown hemp and organic cotton, and using natural clay and eco-friendly dyes.

Energy and Climate Change

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

To lower its carbon footprint, the company produces most of its clothing in rural Alabama, and the clothes do not need to be transported long distances out of the US.

Materials and Waste

16. Is the product grown in a sustainable manner?

The material used for this shirt is hemp and organic cotton, which is grown without using pesticides. The company also requires certification from their suppliers to ensure that the fabrics are sustainably grown. Please find details here.

Chemicals and Health

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

The product uses hemp and organic cotton for its fabric, and natural clay and eco-friendly dyes. The eco-friendly dyeing process uses only natural and biodegradable materials.

25. Has the company taken steps to reduce the chemicals used in the product or service?

Besides using organic cotton and natural clay dyes, the company also uses low-impact, eco-friendly dyes in agreement with organic standards for other colours.

Social and Ethical

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

The company embraces social responsibility through the use of sustainably grown hemp and organic cotton, using natural clay and eco-friendly dyes, and strongly supporting fair trade and sweatshop-free practices.

In addition, the company donates their irregular and overstock garments to organisations that help the needy in the US and around the world, and also donates clothes to organisations helping to protect the environment.

29. Does the company have a no child labour or non-discrimination policy?

The company strongly supports fair trade and sweatshop-free practices. In addition, for the company’s basic T-shirt styles, they work with a plant that is World Wide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) certified. The WRAP certification requires the plant to follow requirements such as prohibiting child labour and discrimination.

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

The employees are involved in community activities, such as donating shirts to raise funds or sponsor an event, and helping out with craft and clay dying workshops.

“At first, I thought that the comparably thick material might not be suitable to be worn in Singapore. How wrong I was! I wore this all day and was never trapped in heat. I also love the cutting of the t-shirt that is different from any others. And the color is my favorite!”

- Isabela Clarissa

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Zebra T-shirt by Earth Creations

Brand: Earth Creations

Attributes: Non-toxic, Organic

Description: This tubular straight cut T-shirt with no side seams, has a print of a zebra head with the white stripes being replaced by an intricate flower design.

This ladies tee is made from organic cotton dyed with clay, and comes in three different sizes.

Earth Creations is a US eco fashion clothing brand that combines clay dyeing with organic and sustainable fibers.

Earth Creations’s products are distributed by BGO Online Shop. You can buy from their online store.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 4 stars based on 8 points in the following 5 criteria (updated on 11 June 2012):

Business Sustainability

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

The company embraces sustainability through the use of sustainably grown hemp and organic cotton, and using natural clay and eco-friendly dyes.

Energy and Climate Change

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

To lower its carbon footprint, the company produces most of its clothing in rural Alabama, and the clothes do not need to be transported long distances out of the US.

Materials and Waste

16. Is the product grown in a sustainable manner?

The material used for this shirt is organic cotton, which is grown without using pesticides. The company also requires certification from their suppliers to ensure that the fabrics are sustainably grown. Please find details here.

Chemicals and Health

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

The product uses organic cotton for its fabric, and natural clay for its coloured dye. The eco-friendly dyeing process uses only natural and biodegradable materials.

25. Has the company taken steps to reduce the chemicals used in the product or service?

Besides using organic cotton and natural clay dyes, the company also uses low-impact, eco-friendly dyes in agreement with organic standards for other colours.

Social and Ethical

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

The company embraces social responsibility through the use of sustainably grown hemp and organic cotton, using natural clay and eco-friendly dyes, and strongly supporting fair trade and sweatshop-free practices.

In addition, the company donates their irregular and overstock garments to organisations that help the needy in the US and around the world, and also donates clothes to organisations helping to protect the environment.

29. Does the company have a no child labour or non-discrimination policy?

The company strongly supports fair trade and sweatshop-free practices. In addition, for the company’s basic T-shirt styles, they work with a plant that is World Wide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) certified. The WRAP certification requires the plant to follow requirements such as prohibiting child labour and discrimination.

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

The employees are involved in community activities, such as donating shirts to raise funds or sponsor an event, and helping out with craft and clay dying workshops.

“Like the previous T-shirt, I thought this was a light weight piece too and was comfortable to wear. Love the fact that instead of a sewn neck label, which sometimes does irritate me, the label for Earth Creations shirts are imprinted at the back of the shirt itself, thus a plus point for this shirt as well!”

- Nor Lastrina Hamid

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Blossoms T-shirt by Earth Creations

Brand: Earth Creations

Attributes: Non-toxic, Organic

Description: This tubular straight cut T-shirt with no side seams, has a print of a flower surrounded by dragonflies.

This ladies tee is made from organic cotton dyed with clay, and comes in three different sizes.

Earth Creations is a US eco fashion clothing brand that combines clay dyeing with organic and sustainable fibers.

Earth Creations’s products are distributed by BGO Online Shop. You can buy from their online store.

The product is awarded a Green Rating of 4 stars based on 8 points in the following 5 criteria (updated on 11 June 2012):

Business Sustainability

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

The company embraces sustainability through the use of sustainably grown hemp and organic cotton, and using natural clay and eco-friendly dyes.

Energy and Climate Change

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

To lower its carbon footprint, the company produces most of its clothing in rural Alabama, and the clothes do not need to be transported long distances out of the US.

Materials and Waste

16. Is the product grown in a sustainable manner?

The material used for this shirt is organic cotton, which is grown without using pesticides. The company also requires certification from their suppliers to ensure that the fabrics are sustainably grown. Please find details here.

Chemicals and Health

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

The product uses organic cotton for its fabric, and natural clay for its coloured dye. The eco-friendly dyeing process uses only natural and biodegradable materials.

25. Has the company taken steps to reduce the chemicals used in the product or service?

Besides using organic cotton and natural clay dyes, the company also uses low-impact, eco-friendly dyes in agreement with organic standards for other colours.

Social and Ethical

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

The company embraces social responsibility through the use of sustainably grown hemp and organic cotton, using natural clay and eco-friendly dyes, and strongly supporting fair trade and sweatshop-free practices.

In addition, the company donates their irregular and overstock garments to organisations that help the needy in the US and around the world, and also donates clothes to organisations helping to protect the environment.

29. Does the company have a no child labour or non-discrimination policy?

The company strongly supports fair trade and sweatshop-free practices. In addition, for the company’s basic T-shirt styles, they work with a plant that is World Wide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) certified. The WRAP certification requires the plant to follow requirements such as prohibiting child labour and discrimination.

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

The employees are involved in community activities, such as donating shirts to raise funds or sponsor an event, and helping out with craft and clay dying workshops.

“The first time I wore this T-shirt, I thought the texture was a bit rough compared to most of my cotton shirts. But besides that, it was still a comfortable shirt for me to wear. I liked the print on the T-shirt too, which I thought was colourful and fitting for the piece’s light orange colour.”

- Nor Lastrina Hamid

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Chasing Doves Eucalyptus T-Shirt by Etrican

Brand: Etrican

Attributes: Non-ToxicOrganic

Description:  This T-shirt has a unique gradation print which captures the contrast between a boy who was bound to stay in that place and birds which could go where ever they pleased.

Made of organic cotton in China, the T-shirt comes in three 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 3 stars based on 7 points in the following 5 criteria (updated on 23 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 organic cotton is Oeko-Tex certified, confirming that the raw materials are environmental and health friendly. The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 provides the textile and clothing industry with a globally uniform standard for the objective assessment of harmful substances. Raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of processing throughout the manufacturing chain, including accessories, are tested and certified.

Social and Ethical

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

Etrican believes in environmental and social responsibility. The company uses mainly 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.

The organic cotton T-shirt feels the same as normal cotton shirts, I feel comfortable wearing it and it absorbs sweat easily without being sticky. Love how Etrican reduces plastics by using a shirt tag made of recycled paper and attached to the shirt with a string and safety pin.

- Eugene Tay

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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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Micro Flower Print Dress by Etrican

Brand: Etrican

Attributes: Non-ToxicOrganic

Description: This piece has tiny flower print on a natural colour dress with a classic casual shape. It has a scoop neck line with a cap sleeve styling and a fitted elastic waist band.

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.

“I was rather indifferent to the style of the dress, as with the pattern, but once I’ve tried it on, it’s a totally different story. The fabric is beautifully light and airy, which fitted with all my dreamy notions of ‘organic cotton’ – like a panacea for my fashion sins.

The elastic waist is cute, and you can move it up and down like a schoolgirl’s hemline. I think I’m a abit over-aged for this type of dresses, so I wore it like a tunic top with leggings – and spared the public from indecent exposure. I tried a size “M”, which fits well for a UK8. It’s super casual, and coupled with the perfect fabric, it’s great for picnics in the park and other similarly outdoorsy endeavours.”

- Joelle Chen

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Zip Skirt by Etrican

Brand: Etrican

Attributes: Non-ToxicOrganic

Description: This piece is a  simple straight skirt with turquoise zipper where you can make a slit by wearing it upside down.

Made of organic cotton in India, the skirt 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.

“The edgy zip detail with the very “now” mint accent is very appealing. I tried a size “S”, which was a snug fit, and would probably fit a UK6 better. I think it would still be too short as a work skirt, as I like my skirts to end at the ‘sweet spot’ – that’s somewhere in the middle of the knee cap where the leg looks the slimmest, but I digress.

Back to the skirt. Through a struck of creativity, I tried experimenting with the skirt and wore it as a tube top. I personally prefer it as a tube top as opposed to a skirt, as the hem is not as stiffly constructed as it’s made of cotton.”

- Joelle Chen

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Long Cardigan by Etrican

Brand: Etrican

Attributes: Non-ToxicOrganic

Description: This piece is a natural colored cardigan with contrast trimmings and pocket details and longer than usual sleeves and length.

Made of organic cotton in India, the cardigan 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 17 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.

“I wore the cardigan for a full day and love the snuggly feel to it. The piece is light in weight and definitely a comfortable item to wear even outdoors. The longer length also made for a perfect transitional layer.”

- Nor Lastrina Hamid

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