Ethical manufacturing practices
We believe it’s essential to make good quality products that will last, manufactured in an ethical environment where the factory provides the highest standards of care for their staff. When we discovered Vipaltex, a textile manufacturer based in Porto, Portugal we knew we had found a company whose values were in line with our own ethos. Vipaltex is a family run business and, as you can see from the photos, the staff work in the kind of factory environment all garments should (ideally) be made in.
All Earthmonk clothes are made to our original designs by the factory. Manufacturing in Portugal does mean that our production costs are higher, but we hope you will agree that the end result is worth it, both from an ethical and quality standpoint.
Click here to see a copy of the factory’s organic cotton manufacturing certificate.
Our beanies are made using New Zealand Wool farmed with voluntary agreements to avoid the controversial practice of ‘Mulesing.’ They are hand knitted in Nepal within the family home by women who receive good wages for working fair hours. The production and shipping is Sedex accredited and there is an annual contribution to Carbon Footprint Ltd to offset emissions created in transporting the products. There is also a contribution made to community initiatives in Kathmandu Valley following the disastrous earthquakes of 2015.