Fashion Revolution which takes place from 18 to 24 April is an opportunity to ask brands more information on working conditions in the factories that make our clothes. This year, I have asked French Ethical Fashion brand Ekyog who made my ‘Hoki’ T-shirt.
Here is their reply:
“The HOKI t-shirt was made in Izmir, Turkey, in a workshop we have been working with for many years.
For 20 years, the company has been developping and making items such as T-shirts, sweatshirts, polo shirts, nightgowns, tracksuits etc. The company, that was created in 1992, is working exclusively for exportation. It’s a small factory with 25 employees.
It’s also GOTS (GLOBAL ORGANIC TEXTILE STANDARDS) certified. GOTS is an international standard for textiles made from organic fibres. It regulates production environmental aspects but also social and organisational aspects (documentation preservation, implementation of an environmental policy…)
During our audit, we have noticed that the company is working on its employees well-being.
Here are some examples of what managers take charge of:
– Additional paid leave (in addition to legislation), sickness leave, maternity leave, sick child leave…
– Access to training
– Taking care of transportation, meals, tea & coffee
– Support the primary schooling of children near the production sites
The organic cotton comes from Turkey too, it’s knitted and dyed in a town close to Izmir.”
That is what I call a complete reply. Once a gain, a small brand show that it’s possible to be transparent whith its clients and to control the supply chain. It’s all the more important when you know that Syrian children are illegally working in some clothing factories in Turkey.
You can get involved in Fashion Revolution too. Here is how:
1. Take a picture of yourself with a clothing label visible
2. Post your picture on social medias with the hashtag #WhoMadeMyClothes
3. Tag the brand you’re wearing to ask them who made this item of clothing