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Welcome to the journey from the field to your t-shirt.

COTTON CULTIVATION

Family Farms, Region Larisa, Greece

Number of farms: 45 Greek family farms
Area of forms: 450 hectares
Average wage: Cannot be stated, as these are family farms which do not only produce cotton. They receive a sustainability bonus by following the Supreme Green Cotton® protocol, a purchase guarantee for the quantities produced and all the tools to maximize their productivity while minimizing the use of resources.
Last visit: October 18, 2019

Supreme Green Cotton® only uses non-GMO cotton seed. Starting from the cotton cultivation the watering is strictly performed by a drip irrigation system. The cotton cultivation is monitored by state of the art technological equipment and a selected team of experienced agronomists leading to significant resource savings (40% less water).
Soil health practices: Crop rotation is a requirement of the Supreme Green Cotton® system. It is a well-accepted approach to manage pests and diseases and reduce the demand for herbicides. Moreover, diverse crops provide in nourishing the biological community below ground, resulting in more healthy soil. Besides the increased environmental benefits, crop rotation results in greater cotton yields and lower production costs. Crops used in rotation: wheat, clover. Crop rotation is verified by records that farmers have to keep for the previous two years.

GINNING MILL

Karagiorgos Ginning Mill, Larisa, Greece
Distance from field to ginning mill: 15 km

Company foundation: 1951
Number of employees: 32 all year, during the main cotton season (3 months) additional 80-90 persons
Average wage: € 880 per month
Working hours: 8 hours/day, in shifts during the main cotton season
Last visit: October 18, 2019

During ginning, a part of the energy consumption (25%) is covered by renewable sources. By-products as the cotton pie and the cotton oil which are entering the food chain are also non-GMO.

SPINNING MILL

Varvaressos S.A., Stenimachos Naoussa, Greece
Distance from the ginning to the spinning mill: 178 km

Company foundation: 1964
Number of employees: 208
Average wage: € 1050 per month
Working hours: 8 working hours, 4-shift operation, 7 days a week
Last visit: October 18, 2019

The spinning process is environmental friendly using energy from renewable sources and reusing rainwater. Energy savings are achieved through installation of harmonic filters, optimization of compressed air system and replacement of fluorescent lamps. In addition, by using a heating circulation system, cool air is transformed into hot for heating purposes saving approximately 20.000 liters fuel annually.

KNITTING FACTORY

Feinjersey Group GmbH, Götzis, Austria
Distance from Spinning Mill to Knitting Factory: 1837 km

Company foundation: 1977
Number of employees: 110
Average wage: not yet provided
Working hours: 8 working hours, 3-shift operation, 5 days a week
Last visit: February 14, 2020

Production with minimum energy consumption through the use of photovoltaic systems (saves 20%), heat recovery systems (saves 30%) and alternative heat sources – are there any additions or clear distinctions from competitors in this respect?

DYEING FACTORY

E. Schellenberg Textildruck AG, Fehraltorf, Switzerland
Distance from Knitting Factory to Dye House: 115 km

Company foundation: 1946
Number of employees: 95
Average wage: According to the Collective Labour Agreement of the Swiss Textile and Clothing Industry of January 1, 2020.
Unskilled workers CHF 3’600 / skilled workers EFZ (Federal Certificate of Competence) from 3 years of professional experience CHF 4’500 per month
Working hours: Depending on department and working model 40-44.5 hrs/week, 3-shift operation SU/MO – FR/SA
Visits: March 27, 2020 – had to be postponed due to the pandemic / November 15, 2019 / September 18, 2019 / July 19, 2019

Electricity demand covered 100 % by hydropower. Textiles dyed and finished CO2 neutral

CUTTING AND SEWING

Tapa Costuras, Santa Maria de Avioso, Portugal
Distance from Dye House to Sewing Factory: 1965 km

Company foundation: 1986
Number of employees: 20
Average wage: € 892 per month
Working hours: 8 hours / 5 days a week
Visits: November 22, 2019 / September 25, 2018

Tapa Costuras focuses on sustainable and ethical textiles and is STeP by OEKOTEX and GOTS certified.
Tapa Costuras knows there is NO PLANET B!

SCREEN PRINTING

Estamparia Jorsan, Maia, Portugal
Distance from Sewing Factory to Screen Printing: 5 km

Company foundation: 1986
Number of employees: 5
Average wage: € 700 per month
Working hours: 8 hours / 5 days a week
Last visit: November 21, 2019

Certified colours and recently new facilities with natural light which offers better working conditions and saves energy.