Picking staff uniforms is crucial to representing your brand and standards. This week we are showing you the importance of considering the people who produce your uniforms. Below are 3 certifications to consider when choosing uniforms for your staff:
1. Organic cotton: Cotton covers 2.5% of the world's cultivated land and accounts for 25% of the world's insecticide market and 10% of pesticide sales. Making it the most pesticide intensive crop on the planet. The World Health Organization estimates that 20,000 people/year die in developing countries from pesticide poisoning, and a further 3 million from chronic health problems. Asking for Certified Organic Cotton ensures the health of the farmers producing it.
2. Fair Trade: 1 in 6 people in the world are involved in the fashion industry. If you look at some of the clothes in your closet, you will find many of them are from Bangladesh. There are over 5,000 factories in Bangladesh and 3.6 million garment workers. Minimum wage for garment workers are among the lowest in the world in Bangladesh, at approximately $38 CDN a month. Asking for Fair Trade Certifications ensure that the workers are paid fair wages.
3. B Corps: This certification body ensures that businesses have met specific social and environmental standards, public transparency and legal accountability.
To learn more about sustainable fashion, check out the documentary True Cost on Netflix.
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