We expect the brands we choose in our collection to meet our sustainability criteria. Our criteria consist of actions that take the environment, social conditions and climate into consideration. Here’s how People Tree meets our criteria:
Brand uses environmentally preferred raw materials for more than 70% of its volume.
Brand reports on the implementation of its environmental policy related to the ‘wet processes’ within the production cycle, like bleaching and dyeing of raw materials
Brand has eliminated at least three suspect chemical groups, such as Phthalates or Perfluorinated Chemicals from its entire production
Brand supports environmental NGOs or other organizations to promote environmental sustainability
People Tree does not currently report how much of their consumer packaging materials are renewable or made from recyclable materials. However, this is something they would like to report in the future. People Tree also does not have a lifetime warranty or repair services.
Manufacturing of more than 50% of product volumes happens in ’low-risk**’ countries
Fair social conditions are audited by third parties (For operations outside EU)
Origin of the materials, design and the manufacturing is shared openly
Brand is following buying practices that enable living wages and good labor conditions, such as long-term relations with factories, and concentrating production at a limited number of factories
Open list of direct suppliers that have collectively contributed to more than 90% of the purchase volume
Brand supports social NGOs or other organizations to promote social sustainability
People tree doesn't publicly commit to a living wage benchmark with defined wages per production region or factory, but this is something they really wanna do in future.
People Tree hasn’t disclosed the annual absolute climate footprint of its 'own operations', and hasn’t accomplished an overall absolute climate footprint but they would like to do it in the future. Also, at least 50% of the electricity People Tree uses is not generated from renewable resources.
A pioneer in sustainable Fair Trade fashion and ethical sportswear, People Tree story started in 1991. The core mission has stayed the same over the past three decades since award-winning social entrepreneur Safia Minney founded the company. Every product is made to the highest ethical and environmental standards from start to finish.
People Tree producers use traditional skills and combine them with new innovative technologies to support and grow their business. Using skills such as handloom, hand knitting or hand embroidery, they create jobs in rural areas where employment is often scarce.
People Tree's mission is to support producer partners towards economic independence, protect the environment and use natural resources properly. They also want to make quality products for customers and raise awareness about Fair Trade and
environmentally sustainable solutions. People Tree wants to be an example to other companies and governments of a Fair Trade business model based on partnership, people-oriented values and sustainability.
People Tree, it’s factories or fabrics have also met the criteria for these certifications:
Fair Trade Cotton
Guaranteed Fair Trade
PETA Approved Vegan
Soil Association Organic