Hanes, Fruit of the Loom, Continental Clothing, Earth Positive, Gildan, Starworld
Hanes, Fruit of the Loom, Continental Clothing, Earth Positive, Gildan, Starworld
The Hanes brand was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and has grown to be one of the largest apparel brands in the World.
Since Hanes Underwear was first introduced in 1901, Hanes has evolved from a basic line of men's underwear to men's, women's and children's clothing: from socks to underwear, leisurewear, sportswear and organic T-shirt and polo shirt ranges.
In 1975 the classic heavy-weight T-shirt, the Hanes Beefy-T®, was introduced specifically for the T-shirt printing industry and in 1982 the company expanded into the European market. 2010 saw the launch of Hanes Tagless and Hanes organic T-shirt ranges.
Hanes have a good reputation for high standards of production and implement a number of quality control measures including in-line and final inspections. The company mission states that Hanes "Actively seeks opportunities to contribute to the communities in which we do business and to improve the environment that sustains us all...we are committed to the fair treatment and compensation of employees....and strive to continuously improve our environmental performance through conservation, waste minimisation, water and energy efficiency and effective use of raw material".
Since 1982 independent European Hanes collections have expanded the
range of quality printable fabrics. Hanes was one of the first brands to
introduce individual collections for men and women. The first successful
products included slim fitting T-shirts for men and the BeauTy TM and Spicy TM
collections for women. New, fresh colours and cuts were subsequently added.
Stedman was launched in 2001 as a basic collection of T-shirts, polos
and sweats and now Oeko-Tex certified
Nano in 100% rung spun cotton is the latest brand offering one T-shirt
in 2 colours and five sizes at low prices.
Hanes offers a collection of tees, organic tees, sportswear, polos, sweats, pullovers,
underwear, socks and kids’ wear. Since 2010 the organic cotton range defines
another chapter for the future of Hanes and there are many new organic products for 2011. Women and men will
find two new T-shirts. One with a crew neck, one with a V-neck, both made of
150 g/m2 quality in the sizes of S-2XL (women) or S-3XL (men). For children
there is a 150 g/m2 crew neck T-shirt in sizes XS-XL (5-13 years).
Polo shirts come in one weight (180 g/m2) of combed ring
spun cotton pique for men, women and children. All three models have cuffs,
side slits and same-colour buttons. A grey contrast-coloured neck band
completes the look. The new collection also includes 280 g/m2 hooded sweats for
men, women and children and can be washed at up to 60 degrees. They also have a
grey contrast-coloured neck band, waistband and cuffs made of ribbed fabric and
zippers the same colour as the jacket. The children’s version has no tie-string
in the hood for safety reasons.
Hanes also offers a dedicated sports collection – Tagless
sports have been available with five styles made of breathable polyester and
this year seven more styles have been added.
All Hanes garments meet the Oeko-Tex Standard 100, the
globally uniform testing and certification system for textiles.
Since launching in 2007, Okarma has been providing the promotional and corporate wear market with an ethical choice of garment: a responsible alternative that leaves a minimal environmental footprint and makes a positive difference to the people involved at every stage in production.
All Okarma's products are SKAL certified, the main internationally recognised certifier of organic cotton. They have an open supply chain which means that their cotton can be traced from where it is grown in Orissa in India all the way to us at Cottonprint.
The cotton used in Okarma garments is grown on 100% Control Union certified farm co-operatives in India and then, staying in the same country, transported by road to one of the major organic spinning plants there. From there the yarn for the clothing is transported again by road to their factory in Bangladesh, and for the bags to their partner factory in India. From seed to shop their organic cotton is inspected, evaluated, labelled and stored with complete traceability and transparency of procedure. Okarma have committed to long-term partnerships with their farms, spinners and manufacturers to help create security with everyone they work with.
From the biodegradeable plastic in the packs, 100% recycled card for swing tags, and outer cartons that contain some recycled fibre, all packaging is sourced to achieve the smallest impact on the
purchase 100% USA Cotton, grown and harvested ethically under USDA and USEPA
products carry the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certification – an internationally
recognised product health and safety standard.
products are all CPSIA Tracking Label compliant.
the first global manufacturer of basic apparel whose labour compliance
programme is accredited by the Fair Labour Association. Plus Gildan’s sewing
facilities are WRAP Certified.
innovative BIOTOP wastewater treatment system uses gravity, micro-organisms and
sunlight to virtually eliminate the dyes and chemicals from the water.
invests in the communities where it operates, supporting local organisations
and strengthening communities.
The Fruit of the Loom brand dates back to 1851 when it was founded in Rhode Island, USA. Today it is one of the largest manufacturers of clothing including printable T-shirts and fleeces for the activewear industry.
Fruit of the Loom are one of the world’s largest
vertically integrated manufacturer (meaning they control all aspects of
production from cotton field to finished garment), producing around 1.9 million
T-shirts each week from their Moroccan based facility alone. The company abides
by their ‘Fruit Code’ - a code of conduct that outlines Fruit of the Loom’s
commitment to producing garments in an ethical and environmentally friendly
Starworld is an Egyptian based company and its factories are certified by the Egyptian Minister of Manpower. They do not use forced or child labour and make sure their working environment is safe, properly train staff and allow their workers to bargain collectively and form trade unions. Starworld is also a vertically integrated supplier which means that every element of the production process is controlled and done by them. They source and pick their own cotton and manufacture it into clothes so the origins of everything are known and the entire production process can be monitored and human rights upheld.
Starworld have no human rights violations to their name and are certified by WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production). WRAP ensures that working conditions are safe and that workers are paid a fair wage. They continue to produce good quality products for the leisurewear industry.
Mantisworld was established in 2000 as a supplier of ethically made garments, primarily targeting the imprintables market. To ensure their garments are made in an ethical manner they formed a partnership with a local clothing manufacturer in Tanzania.
The Tanzanian factory had been well established within its community since the 1960's and had a reputation for good work practices and a dedication to quality that echoed Mantis World's own ethos. It was the start of a very successful partnership.
Mantis is still keen to ensure the factories within their supply chain, from Turkey to Sri Lanka to Bangladesh, keep money in the local economy by working in partnership - agreeing a fair price and promoting sustainable production.
Mantis World's customers come from a wide spectrum within the garment industry including fashion brands, merchandisers, corporate-wear and promotional clothing companies. They insist on using only high quality, soft fabrics with flattering and modern cuts and their attention to detail and styling ensure the garments are always fashionable and up-to-date with trends.
In addition to the adult styles, other ranges include Babybugz for age 0 - 24 months and Humbugz for children aged 2 - 12 years. The TLC organic range is made exclusively for Mantis World in Tanzania using 100% GOTS certified, rain-fed, organic cotton and perfectly combines style and the latest in environmentally-friendly production methods for a premium ethical garment.