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Organic and Fair by Origamo

Posted by Nicolas Chignardet on

Organic...

We call Organic a garments which is made of a fabric itself made of an Organic raw material, typically Organic Cotton.

Practically it means that the basis raw material is grown with production method respecting farming standards for environmental protection and animal welfare.

At Origamo we only rely on the most demanding national farming standards like the American USDA National Organic Program (NOP) or the European Regulation (EC) 834/2007 relative to organic products.

The current scope of raw material concerned by the Organic standards are cotton, silk, linen, wool.

For instance the Pima Cotton used in the Origamo Pacific Polo collection complies both with the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) rules and with the European rules.

 More info about the USDA NOP can be found at: https://www.ams.usda.gov/about-ams/programs-offices/national-organic-program

At Origamo we think that the use of Organic raw materials is a very important step because it sets the production process on a right track.

However the use of Organic materials on its own is not always enough.

The additive chemicals applied on the fibers downstream in the production process, especially in the dyeing operations, can be as well very harmful for the environment if not well managed by the factories, and it can as well be harmful for the skin and health of the people wearing the clothing.

This is why the Origamo Pacific Polo collection yarn has been dyed by one of our partner which is both *GOTS certified and **OEKOTEX class I certified. For us this is strong commitment toward the knowledge and the control of the chemicals used to produce our garments, and especially toward the non-use of harmful substances in the product dyes. It means too that the factory have an efficient waste management process for the chemical scraps.       

* The Global Organic Textile Standard is a one of the most demanding international processing standard for textile leading made from certified organically produced raw materials.

** The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification for non- harmful substances.

More info about the standards can be found at:

http://www.global-standard.org/

https://www.oeko-tex.com

 

... and Fair

First Fair Clothing means that the brand wants to be fair to its customers. Concretely this is about delivering great products with the expected quality. We want to be able to stand proudly for all of the Origamo apparel.


By the way if you have met our Founder Nicolas, he was probably wearing its favorite Origamo Pacific Polo :-)

Then the second aspect, immensely important too, is about being fair to the people working hard to make the Origamo products. In the ready to wear industry the weakest link is usually what happens in the manufacturing factories, what is called the CMT units.
We have set up a due diligence process to check the good working conditions in the factory producing the Origamo clothing.

We used the 12 principles of the Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) to define our meaning of acceptable working conditions. These principle has been hugely inspired from works of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

More info about the WRAP 12 principles and the ILO can be found at:

http://www.wrapcompliance.org/en/12-principles

http://www.ilo.org

To enforce these principles, our method combines on site visits in the off-shore factories of course, office due diligence, and very important too, the establishment of open, strong, and durable links with our manufacturing partners.

Organic and Fair is the message that our clients send when buying Origamo products.

When you buy the Origamo Organic and Fair Polos you are one of the good guys doing things the right way.

Nicolas for Origamo


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