hemp fortex

hemp fortex

We have used Hemp Fortex since 2017. Hemp Fortex, based in Qingdao, China, was founded in 1999 with the idea that fabrics can be environmentally friendly and still meet the strict requirements of the apparel industry for fashion, innovation, performance, quality and delivery. They call it conscience without compromise. Hemp Fortex is a vertically integrated manufacturer and converter. This gives them stewardship over every part of the process. They source the best and most environmentally friendly fibers, spin the highest quality yarn and knit and weave fabrics that are both fashion right and eco friendly.They work only with their own manufacturing facilities or facilities where careful audit, long standing relationships and their own QC staff insure that strict standards are met. They use only EU approved dyes and chemicals in dyeing and finishing and carefully monitor and control wastewater.

Fibers Used: Hemp Fortex proudly focuses on use of sustainable materials like hemp, organic cotton, and recycled polyester. 


Social Compliance: Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) is an independent, non-profit organization that works with companies and factories to improve labor conditions for garment workers. FWF’s 80 member companies represent over 120 brands, and are based in seven European countries; member products are sold in over 20,000 retail outlets in more than 80 countries around the world. FWF is active in 15 production countries in Asia, Europe and Africa. Hemp Fortex became its 2nd factory member in June of 2011.


Certifications: Certification Standard: OCS Standard, Label Grade OCS 100, OCS Blended, GOTS, Certifying Institute: Ecocert Greenlife. Products Covered: Yarns, Fabrics and Garments contained 95%-100% Organic Fiber, 5%-95% Organic Fiber, and 70%-100% Organic Fiber.

Nature USA

Nature USA

Family owned and operated facilities in Los Angeles, California that we have used since 2012. America’s first Fair Trade Certified factory.

Fibers Used: Organic cotton, grown without synthetic pesticides or insecticides and recycled polyester, made from post-consumer products such as water bottles. 

Local Manufacturing: The entire manufacturing operation takes place within an 8-mile radius. 

Dyeing & Finishing: Their local dye house is Bluesign compliant and one of the most environmentally friendly dye houses in the world. On average, they use 40% less chemicals, 50% less electricity, 65% less water, 30% less natural gas, and 50% lower emissions compared to a typical dye house in US. 


Screen Printing: Water-based inks, PVC and Phthalate free. 

Production Waste: 100% of the fabric scraps generated during the cutting process is recycled.

Merrow

Merrow

We flew out to Fall River, MA to meet with Merrow in Spring of 2018 and will be using them for our "Campfire Collection" products and any techwear that we make in the future. We ship Polartec fabric from their USA factory in Tennessee to the Merrow factory for all production. A visit to their factory was a glimpse into the past; it was awesome to see an old American style factory in such an iconic building and we're excited to play a role in bringing jobs and sewing back to the states.


Established in 1838 Merrow is a diverse manufacturing operation. Managed by 7th Generation Brothers, Owen & Charlie Merrow.

outdoor cap

outdoor cap

We have used Outdoor Cap since 2012 and are happy to have them as neighbors in Arkansas for design and development. All factories used via Outdoor Cap are Fair Labor Certified. While we don’t have sustainable fabrics used within this current hat line, expect a shift in 2019 to hemp, organic cotton and recycled polyester fabrics for this category.