Miss Green began with the notion of making the world a more beautiful place by manufacturing their clothes as sustainably as possible. So Miss Green stands for sustainability, but also equitable social conditions and an environmentally friendly production chain. This is evidenced by the sustainable materials we use, the factories we select and their certifications, and transport.
Miss Green values transparency very highly. We think sustainability is important, but also honesty about what we do, the origin of products and issues we are still tackling. Hence you are always up to date on the story behind your garment and the progress we are making.
Clothing begins with the raw materials from which yarns and fabrics are made. The raw materials Miss Green currently uses are organic cotton and wool, Tencel®, and sustainable wool. In addition, we sometimes include a less sustainable model in the collection, such as the Quinn skirt that is the only one not made from sustainable wool. However, Quinn is indeed made in the same factory as all other items, thus under equitable working conditions and with GOTS and SA8000 certification. The origin is always stated on the products. Unfortunately it is not always possible to test new models in sustainable fabrics, because the numbers are too small. However, more than 90% of our current collection consists of materials that are selected according to environment criteria.
We select our factories carefully. Naturally these must be appropriately certified and use organic products. In addition, Maaike always visits the factories to check that everything is correct. Only then may production begin. The factories are GOTS certified and follow the SA8000 standard. The GOTS certification declares that as few harmful chemicals as possible are used in the production process, and that fabrics are processed in a responsible manner (in accordance with the certification requirements). A great amount of water is often used for rinsing when dyeing. In these factories, the rinse water is purified and re-used in the production process. Thus it’s a closed water system. According to the GOTS standard, the production processes using water must report everything concerning the use of chemicals, energy, water consumption and the treatment of residual water and waste material. The wastewater from all these processes must also be treated in a functioning waste water-purification plant. This is all carried out in the factories used by Miss Green.
We prefer to manufacture as nearby as possible in order to keep our CO2 emissions as low as possible. Miss Green clothing is currently produced in India and Turkey. The clothing from Turkey is carried to the Netherlands by lorry to achieve the lowest possible CO2 emissions. We deliver the packages in the Netherlands with PostNL, which operates CO2 neutral for us. They take into account the route of the deliveryman to ensure maximum efficiency and the drivers also undergo training in driving as economically as possible. Want to know more? Then go to PostNL.
Not only does Miss Green manufacture sustainably, we also think it’s important that the people making our clothing are treated fairly and well. Miss Green factories maintain the GOTS and SA8000 standard that have high requirements concerning socially responsible manufacture. Our Code of Conduct is based on both certificates. In the first instance, these provide basic rights, such as:
• CERTIFICATES •
GOTS, the 'Global Organic Textile Standard' is regarded as the world's leading processing standard concerning textiles made from organic fibres. GOTS consists of four renowned member organisations; OTA (US), IVN (Germany), Soil Association (Great Britain) and JOCA (Japan). Together with international stakeholder organisations and experts, they contribute to organic agriculture and ecological and socially responsible textile processing. GOTS defines environmental criteria over the entire organic textile chain and also requires the observance of social criteria. Only textile products meeting a minimum of 70% organic fibres can receive the GOTS certificate. Chemical substances such as dye must meet certain environmental and toxicology criteria. As mentioned above, GOTS factories are obliged to have a functional waste water-purification plant and all processes must meet the social criteria. Independent, specially accredited agencies carry out on-site inspections and the certification of processors, factories and merchants. This is the basis of the GOTS monitoring system.
GOTS conforms to social criteria. With this they follow the ILO (International Labour Organisation). All links in the chain must have a ‘social code of conduct management’ with defined elements in order to meet the social criteria. Social criteria, for example, are a formal registered employer's relationship, a maximum work week of 48 hours with a living wage, and that a maximum of 12 hours overtime may be worked and paid. To obtain the GOTS certificate, there must be freedom of association and respect for the right of collective negotiation. All criteria, both ecological and social, can be found on the GOTS website.
The SA8000 is the core document of Social Accountability International (SAI), an organisation that aims to protect the rights of workers all over the world. The SA8000 is one of the first verifiable socially certified standards for workplaces covering all industrial sectors. It is based on the UN Declaration of Human Rights, the ILO conventions, the UN, and national legislation. Factories who meet the SA8000 standard have implemented procedures and policy in order to conform to basic labour laws. The SA8000 is applicable to a number of sectors, such as the clothing and food industries. Instead of certifying products, the workplaces where the products are made are certified. The products, such as Miss Green's garments, which come from a SA8000 certified factory, therefore have no logo. The complete list of criteria that factories must meet can be found here.
• MATERIALS •
Clothes should give you a good feeling in every way. We have our items made in European workshops. A conscious choice, because working conditions are significantly better than in other countries. Our workshops are also run in accordance with GOTS and the SA8000 standard, which means they manufacture in a socially responsible manner. Equitable clothing feels right and better.
Miss Green uses only organic cotton. Ecological or organic cotton means that it is grown without harmful chemicals like herbicides (against weeds) and insecticides (against insects). Just like organic vegetables. Organic cotton is significantly less damaging to the environment than conventional cotton. Not only that, it is supple, comfortable to wear, and feels wonderful on the skin.
This textile is made from pulp of the side branches of sustainable bamboo. Bamboo production is markedly cleaner than that of cotton and regrows rapidly after cutting. It also needs little maintenance. Bamboo can grow anywhere and without the use of chemical herbicides, pesticides or fungicides. However, a chemical process is required to soften the tough stems. Another advantage of bamboo is that it is cool to wear in warm weather, yet feels pleasantly warm when it's cold. This is due to its hollow fibres. It feels good on your skin because the fibres ventilate.
Our sustainable wool comes from organic wool fibres. It is non-mulesing wool, which means that the sheep are well treated and that the wool is shorn in an animal-friendly way. The wool is then processed in certified factories. Here the wool is kept separate from non-sustainable wool so that no mix-up occurs. All waste wool is recycled as well. Our garments are very warm and hardly itchy at all due to the high-quality wool and the blend with cotton fibres.
A very small part of our collection contains wool from non-certified origins. Unfortunately it is not always possible to test new models in sustainable fabrics, because the numbers are too small. However, these items are indeed made in the same factory as all the other garments, thus under equitable working conditions and GOTS and SA8000 certified. The origin is always stated on the products.
Lenzing Tencel® is the trademark of fibres made from eucalyptus wood using the Lyocell process. Lyocell is a special closed process in which cellulose is converted into yarn. Water and non-poisonous chemicals are reused, which makes it a closed process. Tencel® is biodegradable. The cellulose used comes from eucalyptus trees with an FSC certificate. And what's more, the unique Tencel® production process has been awarded the European Business Award for the Environment. Tencel® fabric has many advantages: silky soft, non-creasing and keeps its attractive appearance for a long time.
Along with raw materials, we also use strong recycled fabrics. Old jeans, for example, but also recycled polyester is a good option for our sustainable manufacture, partly because it retains its colour so well. These strong Italian yarns are transformed in our garment workshops into fashionable items that last a long time.