It is of upmost importance to Free Spirit to ensure our products are manufactured in an ethical way.
We personally visit the factory in South India, where our t-shirts are made, witnessing everything from the raw cotton being spun into yarn, made into fabric, dyed, washed, printed and sewn, which gives us greater control in ensuring the quality of our product and also a highly ethical work environment.
The textiles industry is an imperative source of income in South India, and the skilled professionals in our factories are as passionate about the garments they produce as we are. Equally environmentally conscious, we work together to ensure all stages of production are carried out within 10km of eachother, cutting down on unnecessary shipping, fuel and energy consumption.
Our supplier's production facilities have been rated among the highest in the industry for quality by demanding inspection teams from prominent companies. Our suppliers consistently update and improve their manufacturing facilities, making full use of all the technological advancements in the textile industry.
Free Spirit recognizes its responsibilities to workers for the conditions under which its products are made and that these responsibilities extend to all workers producing products or services for Free Spirit. We believe that good workplace standards, decent health and safety requirements, fair pay and conditions, and care for the environment are essential for every business.
We value all of our employees, and set the same high standard for their working conditions as we set for the high quality of our products. Our production facilities are W.R.A.P certified, ensuring a sweat-shop free product and ethical work conditions. Click on the 'WRAP' logo to check out their website and read up on their policies.
Cutting Down Our Environmental Impact
Free Spirit is always looking for new ways to cut down our company waste and reduce our impact on the environment. Any plastic bags used for bulk shipping are bio-degradable and we re-use those we have where possible, saving a huge amount of needless rubbish every month. All packaging used to ship individual orders, including swing tags and wrapping are from recycled card and paper.
We believe these practices should be an important part of the future of every business and we hope that our customers feel the same way.
We are proudly supporting the following two causes which are close to our hearts:
The HOPE Foundation is a non-profit charity based in Kolkata, India. They help children living in poverty on the streets by giving them homes, education, food & healthcare. Not just by giving hand outs but supporting them throughout their whole young life to enable them to learn and grow to support themselves and giving them a passport out of poverty - a future with Hope. Free Spirit are donating 3 months worth of education materials for each child for every t-shirt sold. We are also working on further projects with the Hope Foundation so watch this space! To find out more click here.
One Wave is All it Takes raise awareness for anxiety, depression, bi-polar and other mental illnesses Free Spirit host Fluro Friday Yoga on the first Friday of every month at Manly Beach, held alongside the Fluro Friday Surf, to help raise further awareness for the cause. To find out more click here.