I read about this company the other day and thought I would share my find with you all.
"Clean Slate aims to be a revolutionary force in the schoolwear market by providing an ethical alternative to parents and schools who now, for the first time, can purchase uniforms made from certified organic cotton fabrics and produced according to fair trade principles."
I also use Greenfibres (http://www.greenfibres.com/) for my children's underwear. It lasts for ages and washes well too.
Slightly off topic but have you read 'No Logo' by Naomi Klein?
One concern featured there was the amount of school uniform type clothing mnufactured in the 'sweatshop' economies of China and teh Phillipines.
I haven't read it Joep, but have heard of it (a while ago I think). It really doesn't suprise me at all.
The amount of "dressing" chemicals in school uniforms does concern me and I will certainly order some of these. I noticed they have a group buying option with 20% discount so have passed the link onto my children's school.
babybabychickens is too young for school uniforms, but i'll certainly try to be ethical when the time comes, so thanks for this thread, titian.
i'm off now to scour the internet to find out precisely why GAP clothes are unethical; apparently they are, and i don't want to bring the baby up that way, so any further gap presents will be duly returned to gap. not sure what i'll do with the vouchers as i doubt they'll give me refunds, mind...
oh , here we go:
An American main street without a Gap store is a rare thing indeed, and the company's ubiquity has earned it both praise and blame that are both well-deserved. Gap has used its popularity to promote pro-diversity measures and encourage community involvement, and the company is now an EPA Climate Leader. Gap has also developed a supplier code of conduct to address unethical labor issues; however, sourcing from non-compliant factories continues to be a problem for the company. Examples of labor abuse still common include mandatory and unpaid overtime work, sub-poverty wages, and unhealthy working conditions. Gap is showing an interest in addressing labor violations but it needs to apply greater energy and solicit stronger efforts from industry cohorts to make lasting changes. Measurable results from such interest remain to be seen. Bottom line: get active with the Clean Clothes Campaign and tell Gap that you demand a sustainable global clothing supply chain. Check out the Green Shift for sustainable alternatives.
Clothes for a Change
According to the Organic Consumers Association (OCA), the Gap's clothing products are manufactured with genetically engineered and pesticide laden cotton. Additionally, the company is not thoroughly implementing a code of conduct for its suppliers to ensure that no sweatshop labor is employed. Organic and Fair Made clothing currently constitutes a niche market, but consumer support can ensure that at least 30% of all clothing in the USA is organic & Fair Made by the year 2010. Gap can play an important role in making this a reality. Take action with OCA's Clothes For a Change campaign and contact Gap Chairman of the Board Donald G. Fisher now by clicking on the link below.