Being open, honest and transparent are really important to the Isle of Summer team. We might be a small business but we have very high standards. We are trying our best to operate an ethical business that considers the environment and the impact of our operations on people.
"We believe that no person, especially women and children, should be disadvantage in the manufacturing of our clothing."
GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF TRADE
We have a list of guiding principles of trade we expect all manufacturing partners and suppliers to meet, whether they are in Australia or abroad:
- Pays staff above the local minimum wage and is compliant with local laws and tax regulations
- Has a safe and clean workplace free of sexual harassment and bullying
- Does not exploit or use children
- Considers their environmental impact at all stages of manufacturing
- Zero tolerance policy to the unauthorised use of any sub contractor within our supply chain
- Committed to transparency and open communication
Our makers are the most important part of our business so it is critical we partner with a team who love their jobs, because happy employees create beautiful quality products.
Sustainability is important to our brand and we're always researching new fabric technologies that reduce the impact on our plant. However, as a small business not wanting to mass produce our clothing, it has been difficult to access certified sustainable fabrics.
We're not afraid to ask our fabric suppliers all the hard questions and will walk away from beautiful fabrics if we don't feel there is enough transparency around how the fabric was made.
We are also moving towards using digital as our preferred method of fabric printing. It uses the least amount of water in the printing process, is better for the environment and allows us to not be pushed into overconsumption.
All orders are wrapped in our own branded reusable drawstring 100% cotton bag and shipped in a 100% bio-degradable poly bag. These bags can be reused for sending your returns or composted in your home compost system. We have also removed all unnecessary branded packaging and labels from orders.
Within our studio we also make a conscious effort to minimise printing and paper usage. Our gift cards are all digital, removing this printing process and unnecessary packaging. All of these initiatives help to reduce our environmental impact.