By shopping in accordance with our values, we change the world.
We know that people have different priorities, and so we’ve decided to establish a series of criteria that you’ll be able to activate or deactivate according to your preferences.
Every day, textile industry workers are subjected to slave labour conditions: working-days of 12 to 16 hours, poverty-level salaries, physical and sexual abuse… The companies put profit before labour rights and human rights.
Fair working conditions – in terms of sanitation, health, safety, and pay – do exist. Gender equality is promoted. Be sure that there’s been no use of child labour, forced labour, or workplace discrimination. Guarantee the basic rights and freedoms of the workers, like the right to organise and unionise. We believe that we should insist on this, as an indispensable requirement, when we buy clothes, so you’ll always find this criterion activated.
Currently, there are so many terms related to sustainability that, sometimes, we’re unsure what each one means. We’ve pinned it down, focusing on the material used and the processes applied to it. According to the material, a certain amount of water is used, toxic chemicals, energy… and various waste products are generated.
The materials used in our items have respected the environment and human health, in each step of the production process, from the selection of the fibres, through the manufacture, and up to the finished product. They may be natural materials, such as organic cotton; artificial, such as Tencel; or recycled.
In the 1980s, a massive outsourcing of the textile sector began, with the aim of bringing down production costs. Thousands of jobs were lost, along with the cultural wealth that they generated. At the same time, the large distances that products travelled sent CO2 emissions soaring.
The production workshops are located in the same country where the brand is registered. These are sellers that have taken a stand to avoid the outsourcing of production, with a direct, positive impact on the local economy.
The textile industry, like other industries, treats animals like objects. It neither respects them nor treats them well. Ethical Time only supports initiatives that work with respect and care for animals, that treat them as they deserve to be treated. Any materials deriving from animals that are used in the items are residual materials or by-products from other industries.
Throughout the entire manufacturing process, no animal is harmed to provide materials. These items are made with a commitment to animal well-being.
«Buy according to your values.»