About OUR ETHICAL T SHIRTS
Our ethical fashion is based on the simple philosophy that looking good feels good and feeling good has to be because you know you are doing the right thing. The T shirts and sweaters in the Yaa Fumanti range are supplied blank by Continental Clothing® ( EarthPositive® and Salvage®) for screen printing.
Continental Clothing® is A world leader in manufacturing organic cotton clothing, green, sustainable and ethically produced garments. They are a member of Fair Wear Foundation, regularly audited an
d certified by various committees including the soil association. Continental is a transparent company, a member of Fair wear foundation which is governed by various trade and business bodies, the christian trade union and the clean clothes campaign.
They adopt and strictly adheres to policies set by Fair Wear Foundation such as the following.
- No use of child labour
- No use of forced labour
- Safe and healthy working conditions
- Legal labour contracts
- Payment of living wage
- Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
- No discrimination against employees
- No excessive hours of work
Fair Wear Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization striving to improve working conditions in the textile industry. The foundation is an initiative by trade organizations in the textile sector, trade unions and NGO’s.
Fair Wear Foundation verifies that member companies implement a Code of Labour Practice along their supply chain and checks compliance by monitoring audits and remediation efforts. Annual reporting by member companies and by FWF itself promotes transparency at all levels.
Continental Clothing Co. has been a member since 2. October 2006.
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain.
Continental Clothing Co. is licensed by the Soil Association and the Control Union to supply fully certified organic products in accordance with the Global Organic Textile Standard. Licence number DK19090. The Company also holds a licence to use the Soil Association Organic Standard logo on products that meet the organic standard criteria. All the certified products that are sold ‘unprocessed’, that is without printing, can carry the logo. Garments that are printed according to the organic standard can also carry the organic standard logo at the point of sale.
The aim of the standard is to define world-wide recognised requirements that ensure organic status of textiles, from harvesting of the raw materials, through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing up to labelling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer. Textile processors and manufacturers are enabled to export their organic fabrics and garments with one certification accepted in all major markets. Approved are natural fibres that are certified organic and fibres from conversion period certified according to recognised international or national standards and certified by any IFOAM accredited or internationally recognised (according to ISO 65) certifier.
Key criteria for processing and manufacturing include:
At all stages through the processing organic fibre products must be separated from conventional fibre products and must to be clearly identified
All chemical inputs (e.g. dyes, auxiliaries and process chemicals) must be evaluated and meeting basic requirements on toxicity and biodegradability/eliminability
Prohibition of critical inputs such as toxic heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic solvents, functional nano particles, genetically modified organisms (GMO) and their enzymes
The use of synthetic sizing agents is restricted; knitting and weaving oils must not contain heavy metals
Bleaches must be based on oxygen (no chlorine bleaching)
Azo dyes that release carcinogenic amine compounds are prohibited
Discharge printing methods using aromatic solvents and plastisol printing methods using phthalates and PVC are prohibited
Restrictions for accessories (e.g. no PVC, nickel or chrome permitted)
All operators must have an environmental policy including target goals and procedures to minimise waste and discharges
Wet processing units must keep full records of the use of chemicals, energy, water consumption and waste water treatment, including the disposal of sludge. The waste water from all wet processing units must be treated in a functional waste water treatment plant.
Packaging material must not contain PVC. Paper or cardboard used in packaging material, hang tags, swing tags etc. must be recycled or certified according to FSC or PEFC
Technical Quality and Human Toxicity Criteria
Technical quality parameters must be met (s.a. rubbing, perspiration, light and washing fastness and shrinkage values)
Raw materials, intermediates, final textile products as well as accessories must meet stringent limits regarding unwanted residues
Minimum Social Criteria
Minimum social criteria based on the key norms of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) must be met by all processors and manufacturers, including at farm level. They must have a social compliance management with defined elements in place to ensure that the social criteria can be met. For adequate implementation and assessment of the following social criteria topics the listed applicable key conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO) have to be taken as the relevant basis for interpretation.
Employment is freely chosen
There is no forced or bonded labour
Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected
Working conditions are safe and hygienic
Child labour must not be used
Working hours are not excessive
No discrimination is practised
Regular employment is provided
Harsh or inhumane treatment is prohibited
Quality Assurance System
Generally a company participating in the GOTS certification scheme must work in compliance with all criteria of the standard. GOTS relies on a dual system to check compliance with the relevant criteria consisting of on-site auditing and residue testing.
Read the full global standard here
Custom Made Leather Sandals
The canvas trainers are quality handmade in Hong Kong, they feature my hand drawn designs that are digitized and printed on canvas fabric. BUY here
- Canvas top
- Rubber soles
- Comfortable fitting arch support
- Durable cushioned insoles
About how our leather sandals are made
Our leather sandals are made by Robert who is a trained shoe maker who works with different textiles. Robert works from his small workshop in Accra, inside a converted shipping container where he also trains 5 young male apprentices.
Young men training to become shoemakers was once a popular apprenticeship craft for young men in Ghana. It is now however, not very popular with as it is not an attractive trade due to 2 reasons.
- Training typically takes the course of 2 – 3 years or even 5 years. There is hands on training when there is an order placed with an atelier. On days that there is nothing to make, the atelier becomes a lively place for passers by to stop for a chat.
- The second thing that makes the trade unappealing, is also the fact that locals do not patronise handmade footwear as much as people prefer imported footwear.
I met commissioned Robert to make sandals for myself in 2014. I was very impressed with the quality of his work and how eager he was to please me. His personality was also (shown in 1st & 2nd photos) very infectious.
It made a lot of sense when I decided to expand my brand beyond skincare to collaborate with him, thus giving birth to the Yaa Fumanti leather footwear range.
- Made with 100% Italian leather
- Made by hand in Ghana
- Cork sole
- 100% cotton fabric