ETHICAL & SOCIAL COMMITMENT
THE HEW PHILOSOPHY
HEW Clothing believes that a good business is a responsible business. From the manufacturers to the fabrics, we care about the details of our garments at all stages of the farm-to-factory process.
We understand that the fashion industry has a responsibility towards sustainability and HEW aims to reduce the fashion footprint in several ways.
WE USE GOTS FABRICS
GOTS is the Global Organic Textile Standard ensuring compliance within the organic textile industry.
They set the worldwide benchmark for processing organic textiles with strict criteria on ecological and social impact. A GOTS certificate provides assurance around the whole textile supply chain including human toxicity and technical quality.
Our GOTS certified products are made up of minimum 95% organic fibres and:
- Meet world-wide standards that ensure organic status of textiles
- Are quality-assured
- Are environmentally and socially manufactured
A selection of HEW’s hemp, linen and cotton fabrics are GOTS certified and we are committed to having 100% GOTS fibres in the future.
HEW FACTORY STANDARDS
HEW works closely with factories in Australia, New Zealand and China for garment manufacturing. We make regular visits to our local and international suppliers to ensure production aligns with our philosophy and standards.
Our factory in Australia is certified by Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA), a third-party accreditation body that maps our Australian supply chain throughout the entire cut, make and trim process. ECA ensures that our garment production is fully transparent and legally compliant.
HEW PRINTING STANDARDS
At the core of HEW’s designs are beautifully colourful or detailed prints that add vibrancy to any outfit. We often collaborate with local artists to create something truly unique and employ state-of-the-art printing standards in order to achieve this.
Our premium printing standards include:
- Use of Swiss and Korean ink on Japanese ink-jet printing machines
- A dedicated and specialised Digital Technical Engineer overseeing production
- High-resolution pixel printing
- Fabric quality guarantee as per American Four-Point System
- ISO Oeko-Tex Certificate: A global, independent textile certification system
- Korean anti-skewing machines
All of this translates to producing a premium design that’s built to last.
At every detail, HEW is committed to working towards creating garments that are circular and biodegradable. We believe that style and sustainability can coexist, that the devil is in the detail.
We are working towards introducing coconut shell buttons as a replacement for plastic buttons as well as cotton thread as a replacement for plastic tinsel trimming.
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Summary of code of conduct agreement with Factory in China
Employment is freely chosen. All workers are there on a voluntary basis and there is no forced involuntary labour. Workers during off-work hours are free to come and go as they please. Factory provides security at site.
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 practised
Regular employment is provided
No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed
Bribery and corruption shall not be used
Environmental standards are met
Review of certificates and documents are up to date