Social & Ethical Responsibility
Ethical manufacturing is something we feel very strongly about at Plant Faced Clothing. When we say that our pieces are made with love, for you to love, we really mean it.
We only work with partners that respect the people they employee and the environment we all enjoy. Nearly 100% all our clothing is manufactured in Fair Wear or WRAP certified facilities.
Fair Wear Foundation and WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production) are both globally recognised independent non-profit organisations dedicated to promoting safe, lawful, humane and ethical manufacturing through certification and education. Companies accepted into these organisations go through an extensive application process that ensures that sewn products are being produced under lawful, humane and ethical conditions.
It is ensured that any Plant Faced employee or employee of our chosen manufacturing partners are paid a fair wage, able to work acceptable hours in a safe working environment and are of a minimum age requirement to be working, among many other criterion.
We are aware that this should be a given in any sort of fashion company or brand but unfortunately, that is still not the case for many. We are an independent brand who prioritise human rights, animal rights (all fabrics and products are 100% cruelty-free & vegan) and safe working conditions more than obtaining the lowest price in any situation.
Screen Printing and Embroidery
We have made it a priority to employ and support local businesses in our area and we are happy to say that all of our screen printing and embroidery is done in our home base of the United Kingdom.
Our main supplier is a company in London, who we carefully selected due to their excellent ethical policies, respecting people’s employment rights and caring for environmental issues. They keep all their employees on permanent contracts, and since 2013 have been paying their employees the London Living Wage. All their inks are vegan friendly too, and we specifically use water-based eco-friendly ones. Our other main finishing supplier for screen printing and embroidery is based in Glasgow and been in business for almost 40 years. Both our suppliers specialise in sourcing the widest range of ethically sourced, Fairtrade, Fair Wear and GOTS certified garments in the UK.
We use vegan friendly water-based inks for ALL of our screen printed designs — it's harder to come by but we specifically took the time to find long-term partners who could offer this in the best and brightest quality available. The result? Super soft prints which are far better for improving the health of people and the planet by reducing the negative impact regular ink has. Read more on the benefits of water-based inks here.
All Plant Faced orders are packaged in recyclable kraft paper mailer boxes, sealed with vegan-friendly paper tape, wrapped in acid-free tissue paper, with some stickers, and a small paper zine. We're currently moving some of our packaging to some pretty sweet, fun looking eco-friendly 100% compostable and biodegradable paper mailers, printed with soy-based inks. We specifically choose to opt out of the individual poly bags that most clothing brands do to wrap their garments, and worked hard to find suppliers willing to work with these requirements.
All of our clothing is sustainably made in small batches to ensure no excess stock ever goes to landfill. We endeavour to create high quality, beautifully made garments designed to last the test of time. We do ask our customers to take care of their Plant Faced pieces to help us with this.
By caring for garments the right way and looking after your pieces, you can double the life of a garment and reduce the climate impact in half. There is always room for improvement and we are constantly working to explore further ways into which we can make our brand more sustainable while continuing to provide garments at a price that our customers can continue to support and enjoy.
You'll also notice that about 90% of our products are made from more sustainable fabric options like organic or recycled materials. Read more on why Organic Cotton is better for both you and the environment here, and more on Recycled PET here. We use vegan eco water-based inks in all our prints (see above)!
Our garments are additionally GOTS certified. 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. GOTS certification covers the whole textile process include fair labour practices (no child labour!) and the assurance that there is no known toxic substances used as part of the manufacturing process and therefore safe for humans.
Lastly, we plant trees, lots of them! For every single item we sell, helping to offset our carbon footprint and pay mother nature back for the products she allows us to make. No matter what you buy, we’ll plant a tree on your behalf for every item you buy. Special thanks to our tree planting partner, Eden Reforestation, read more here on our Buy 1 Plant 1 program here.
Diversity and Inclusion
We are proudly queer (non-binary) owned and operated! We are an equal opportunities employer, committed to equality of opportunity and to providing a service in all areas of employment including recruitment, selection, training, deployment, career development, and promotion by following practices which are free from unfair and unlawful discrimination. We value people as individuals with diverse opinions, cultures, lifestyles and circumstances and ensure that no applicant or member of staff receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation, or is disadvantaged by conditions or requirements.
Community & Giving Back
We built Plant Faced on values of kindness, something we feel the world needs now more than ever. We are aware of the opportunity created by having a platform that can be used to elevate & amplify the voices of others! We regularly use our platform to share movements and causes and it is important to us that we give back where we can, raising awareness and donating to causes close to our hearts such as animal rights charities and sanctuaries, Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation (BLMGNF), WIRES (Australian Wildlife Rescue Organisation), and more.
Also, read about our Buy 1 Plant 1 program here.