Sustainability

OUR TAKE ON TAKING CARE

Since the Aphru trademark was born in 2014, sustainability has been at the core of everything we do. We have an end to end value chain traceability and strive to leave a as small carbon footprint as possible. Our production facilities are required to respect the United Nation’s rights to fair conditions of employment, and to ensure that Aphru’s quality, sustainable and ethical profile are adhered to. We strive to use only natural fibers or recycled material in our production, including fabrics, buttons, tags and packaging. We ensure no harmful substances are used crafting our garments. All Aphru garments are made to last for years and designed to be worn for multiple occasions. Our factories has the renowned Sedex compliance. In addition, they work with the below standards on production and fabrics:  

Better Cotton Initiative

It exists to respond to the current impacts of cotton production worldwide. BCI promotes measurable improvements in the key environmental and social impacts of cotton cultivation worldwide to make it more economically, environmentally and socially sustainable.

Bluesign

Indicates all the input streams from raw materials to chemical components and resources used are assessed on their ecological impact. The label helps identify fabric and apparel producers that have analyzed their manufacturing chain and are constantly investing in research and development in an active effort to reduce their ecological footprint.

Cradle to Cradle

Indicates a product that is either completely recyclable or biodegradable, and made with the lowest impact manufacturing processes that are not harmful to people or the environment. The certification program applies to materials, sub-assemblies and finished products.

Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)

The ETI has one mission: protect worker’s rights in global supply chains. The initiative adheres to nine base code provision which include employment is freely chosen, freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected, working conditions are safe and hygienic, child labour shall not be used, living wages are paid, working hours are not excessive, no discrimination is practiced, regular employment is provided, and no harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed.

Fair Trade

The symbol indicates that the product has met certain social, environmental and economic criteria that support the sustainable development of small-scale producers and agricultural workers in the poorest countries in the world. The Fair Trade organization essentially gives consumers the opportunity to help reduce poverty and instigate change by purchasing Fair Trade cotton.

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

Indicates that the product is definitely organic through every stage or production from ginning to the labeling of the final product. This includes all aspects of manufacturing from use of biodegradable and toxin-free dyes, to low impact waste treatment and water supply systems in factories, fair labor practices and final products that are free of allergenic, carcinogenic or toxic chemical residues. 

Higg Index

The Higg Index is a suite of tools that enables brands, retailers, and facilities of all sizes, at every stage in their sustainability journey, to accurately measure and score a company or product’s sustainability performance. The Higg Index delivers a holistic overview that empowers businesses to make meaningful improvements that protect the well-being of factory workers, local communities, and the environment.

Oeko-Tex

The standard indicates that the textile product is free of certain groups of harmful substances, ensuring that all certified products are harmless to health. The certification standard indicates that everything from fabric, threads, interlinings, hook-and-loop closures, hooks etc. have met the criteria.

Responsible Wool Standard

The Responsible Wool Standard is an independent, voluntary standard. The certification ensures that sheep are treated with respect to their Five Freedoms and also ensures best practices in the management and protection of the land. Through the processing stages, certification ensures that wool from certified farms is properly identified and tracked.