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Our journey to becoming sustainable.
Right from the start, Harkel has been about offering vibrant and fun fashion using high quality fabrics. With more of the Harkel community asking for a more sustainable offering, we've listened and have taking action!
Going forward, sustainability will be part of everything that we do. A lot of brands throw the word "sustainable" around, so we believe it's important to be straight forward with our new policies. In short, all of our new styles are 100% certified organic cotton and 100% bottle recycled polyester; however, most of our items will be 100% organic cotton and everything will be PETA vegan approved.
What does this mean for future Harkel styles? Our new policy came into action (March 2021), our old Harkel styles are no longer for sale as these are not in line with our new policy. Instead, we have a new range of fun and colourful styles that are organic, recycled and vegan friendly. Initially, our range will consist of fun tees, sweatshirts and hoodies; all of which will have fun and quirky prints and embroidered designs. We are currently in discussion with new dress factories that share our new sustainability vision, this means that temporarily, we will not be selling dresses until we have found the perfect supplier to work with.
Sustainability comes in a lot of different forms, so we've outlined below to show you the journey that our new organic and vegan styles will go through. This includes no more products sourced from China which are commonly poor quality or shrink; meaning we only use the best quality and certified fabrics! Anybody involved in making fun Harkel styles are treated fairly in a safe and hygienic environment whilst being paid more than the average wage! Plus, no flying in items from overseas which pollutes the planet; all of our styles are finished in the UK!
At Harkel we work closely with our suppliers to source only the best raw materials, grown or produced in ways that do not harm people, animals or the environment. We exclusively use 100% GOTS certified organic cotton from India, recycled polyester from China and other sustainable materials such as Modal®.
Our supply chain is certified by various independent bodies and standards. Each of these certifications demonstrate that we are working towards building healthy environmental practices and greater respect for the planet, every step of the way. Certified by GOTS, GRS, Oeko-Tex, OCS and PETA. We use GOTS Certified printing techniques which use non-harmful inks which are 100% biodegradable and vegan friendly. We can affirm that our finalized, decorated garments are 100% fully sustainable.
To ensure the safety of all our workers, we work very closely with our suppliers who work alongside the Fair Wear Foundation(FWF). After an extensive social audit, our suppliers have been attributed ‘Leader’ status by FWF, certifying that they're showing best practices in complex areas such as freedom of association. Our suppliers have a number of mechanisms in place to ensure decent working conditions, such as an internal Code of Conduct, monthly reports and daily visits to our partner factories. This means that all of the workers rights at our suppliers factories are protected including no forced labour, all team members paid above the average wage and a safe and hygienic working environment; just to name a few. We have even gone one step further and use 100% renewable energy in our offices and warehouse.
As a lot of our customers will know, our packaging is 100% recyclable and our fun Harkel boxes have been designed to make them perfect for reuse around the home. We're always reviewing our sustainability policy and will be making even further steps in developing; This includes our aim of having 100% biodegradable packaging.
Now that we’ve made the big change to becoming a more sustainable and ethical brand, we are excited to continue our move to a more sustainable future.
We will continue to work with suppliers to offer a wider range of organic, recycled and vegan friendly styles that are all in line with our colour confidence ethos. We will constantly be looking at ways to develop our policy and create a better place for our employees to work and a more eco friendly product for our amazing Harkel Community.
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