Our Custom Dress Shirt Ecology
As of Earth Day 2013 (April 22, 2013), Solosso has embarked on a mission to plant a tree for every shirt sold. It is a big and exciting step for us, as it makes our operations carbon negative: eliminating more carbon than we produce. Read the whole story here.
The following is an honest overview of the “Solosso Ecology”:
EmployeesAll Solosso employees work under fair conditions and are paid fair salaries that enable them to live a proper life. As a matter of course, no child labour is used in the production of our bespoke men's dress shirts.
SuppliersWe choose all of our suppliers very carefully. We collaborate with them on a long-term basis to improve the overall product, reduce the environmental impact of the production process and achieve mutual growth. We do regular unannounced inspection visits and talk to their employees to make sure our suppliers adhere to the ecological standards we agreed to.
CustomersThe customer’s satisfaction is our main goal. We are committed to honest and open communication with all our customers. We work hard to keep our promises, to serve our customers as well as possible and to offer value for money.
Waste and Carbon DioxideWe reduce the waste and carbon dioxide of our production to a minimum, and carbon offset (through Carbonfund.org) what we cannot reduce. As much as possible, we use recycled paper, folders and the like in the office.
FabricsFine cottons with high thread counts can only be produced with long, stable cottons that predominantly grow in Egypt and the West Indies. Some pesticides are needed to grow any kind of long, stable cottons (in order to grow them “long”), so that there are no really fine organic cottons. Furthermore, the process of dying cottons has to be supported by certain chemicals that help the cotton to absorb the colour. For these reasons, the cotton used to produce our premium fabrics is not organically grown, and chemicals might be used in the dying process.
Mother-of-Pearl ButtonsAll our buttons are cultured in pearl farms in Tahiti and are not “wildered” in free nature.
PackagingOur packaging consists of about 95% recycled materials and 100% recyclable materials. A 100% recycled paper box is coated with partly recycled, handmade mulberry paper. The packaging is produced in Northern Thailand by rural people (in cottage-industry fashion) in a fair trade manner. They receive fair salaries and proper training to improve their handicraft skills. Their training includes environmentally friendly production methods, product development, associated marketing efforts and the promotion of natural materials are all involved in the production process. No harmful chemicals such as chloride are used in the production and branding process.
TransportationAs a matter of principle, all employee travel and merchandise transportation is reduced to a minimum, and what cannot be reduced is offset through our partner, Carbonfund.org. The transportation of employees and the made to measure men dress shirts from the production facilities to the central storage places, as well as to the third parties that do the shipping, is predominantly done both on foot and with a Hybrid car.
ShippingSome people might ask, “So you claim to be an environmentally friendly organisation, yet you ship merchandise all over the world?” Well, this is a compromise we unfortunately had to make in order to provide high quality, tailor-made shirts at an affordable price. The production in Thailand also helps many local people earn a proper living. Furthermore, we offset the whole carbon footprint of all our shipments through our partner, Carbonfund.org. We are proud to be a carbon-neutral organisation.
Feedback and Ideas
We would love to get your feedback on how to ecologically improve our organisation. Please send us your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will take your input very seriously and try our best to incorporate your suggestions.