T.Shirt & Sons Ltd
T Shirt and Sons Ltd, the UK's only Soil Association certified organic t shirt printer, produces high quality printed and embroidered promotional clothing for a broad range of high profile clients, specialising in t shirts made from Fairtrade and organic certified cotton.
Ethical and Environmental PolicyT Shirt and Sons has a responsibility to both the environment and the community; we view this as being important on a local, national and global level and feel that our industry has a valid part to play in the reduction of exploitation and pollution. We adhere to strict standards of safe and fair employment practices including health and safety, discrimination, working hours and forced or under age labour. This aspect of the policy extends to our suppliers and we aim to trade only with companies who have successfully addressed these issues.
We mainly use water-based inks and we hope that our continued use of these, and PVC Free inks, will help to reduce any negative impact on the environment. We work closely with the Water Authority who monitor and test our effluent and all our water is filtered before it enters the sewer. All other waste is processed by licensed contractors. All our staff are trained to separate waste for recycling, encouraged to reuse materials where possible and made to understand the full value of resources.
In March 2005, T Shirt and Sons became the first UK printing company to be awarded accreditation from the ECO �Ethical Company Organisation�. In June of 2006, T Shirt and Sons was accredited by The Soil Association as the first UK textile printer to gain organic status and is now licenced as the sole supplier of authentic organic print in the UK. In November of 2006 T Shirt and Sons gained further recognition by becoming a registerd supplier for the Fairtrade Foundation.
Are you confused by the multitude of standards, labels and various ethical claims about tshirts, What do they all mean? Are they legitimate and or reliable? What difference do they make and how can we be sure? Most consumers are understandably confused, and may consequently be suspicious of various claims as the textile industry has a tremendous negative impact on the environment and the health and livelihoods of all its workers. We have detailed below what we feel are the important areas that need addressing