Globe Hope clothing production
We have absolutely nothing new to offer.
Globe Hope clothing collection is made from 100% recycled materials. In cooperation with Finnish circular economy professionals, we ensure fully traceable and transparent sustainable production from the beginning until the end.
We only use existing materials; waste, leftovers, recycled or upcycled.
We run a fully transparent and traceable production and supply chain.
What makes the collection sustainable?
We only use existing materials. This is the design philosophy we hold dear.
Our cotton utilises industrial cutting excess saving up to 2,700 litres of fresh water with only one t-shirt. Our polyester comes from recycled plastic bottles and other plastic waste.
We use yarn made from leftovers in collaboration with Pure Waste Textiles. The yarns are produced using their innovative process in India.
Our complete process is GRS Certified. The Global Recycled Standard verifies recycled raw materials and tracks them from source to final product, imposing strict social, environmental and chemical requirements.
Suppliers and partners
In collaboration with our Finnish partners, we control the whole process from yarn to garment on site in Bangladesh.
Kuten Globe Hopen perusajatus vaatii, myös tekstiileissä käytämme ainoastaan olemassa olevia, hylättyjä materiaaleja. Globe Hopen vastuu on globaali, ja uskomme että pienistä puroista syntyy isompi virta. Vaatemalliston myötä voimme tarjota vastuullisen vaihtoehdon yhä useammalle kuluttajalle.
Kestävän ja miellyttävän kankaan valmistuksessa käytetään 60% kierrätyspuuvillaa ja 40% kierrätyspolyesteriä. Käyttämämme puuvilla koostuu tekstiiliteollisuuden leikkuujätteestä. Käyttämämme polyesteri puolestaan valmistetaan kierrätyspulloista ja muusta muovijätteestä.
Kankaat kudotaan kierrätyslangasta. Lanka valmistetaan Intiassa, suomalaisen Pure Waste Textiles Oy:n innovatiivisen ja kontrolloidun prosessin alaisena.
Koko tuontantoprosessimme Intiassa ja naapurimaa Bangladeshissa on GRS-sertifioitu. "Global Recycled Standard" sertifiointi varmistaa kierrätys-materiaalien alkuperän ja seuraa tarkasti materiaalin kulkua alusta loppuun. Sertifikaatilla varmistamme myös sosiaaliset ja ympäristöystävälliset olosuhteet, sekä turvallisten kemikaalien käytön.
Vaateiden tuotantoprosessi tapahtuu yhteistyössä luotettavien yhteistyökumppaniemme kanssa. Seuraamme tarkasti prosessia aina langasta vaatteiden maahantuontiin asti.
Material & production images © Pure Waste Textiles
The world's textile industry produces 3 million tons of cutting waste annually.
That’s enough material to produce three T-shirts for every person on this planet. 15 % of the cotton intended for clothing is wasted in the manufacturing process.
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The recycled yarn used in clothing is manufactured in India under the supervision of Pure Waste Textiles. After this, the yarn is sent to Bangladesh where our partner Tuli Trading supervises continuation of the process by transforming the yarn into fabric and finished clothes. The entire production process is GRS-certified.
Globe Hope’s concern for the environment and social responsibility are global, not just centred on Finland and Europe. Large rivers are formed from small streams. By being involved in wider cooperation, Globe Hope wants to offer sensible solutions to a wider consumer market.
Since our Finnish-owned partner Tuli Trading Ltd controls the GRS-certified production process in Bangladesh, it makes sense to continue the production process as close as possible to the source of yarn, India. This also ensures that we can monitor the whole process.
Our clothing collections are made from recycled yarn manufactured by Pure Waste Textiles Ltd. Pure Waste’s yarns are derived from cotton offcuts and plastic bottles collected in India. The sources for the recycled materials are clearly specified and defined, so not all surplus materials and bottles are accepted for the process.
Recycled cotton yarn is a game-changer in sustainability compared to virgin cotton. Surplus cotton and offcuts would otherwise be incinerated or dumped in a landfill site. In the process we use, they are instead sorted by colour, ripped back into fibre and combined with recycled polyester. This makes the recycled yarn highly durable. Apart from reducing the volume of waste, the environment also benefits from savings in water usage. Compared to virgin cotton, a single T-shirt manufactured from recycled yarn saves 2,700 litres of water!
Globe Hope’s clothes are manufactured in two GRS-certified factories. Crosswear Industries is our longstanding, proven and trusted supplier of tricot and knitwear products. Working conditions in the factory are good and the factory owner is strongly committed to its production and personnel, and to collaborating with us in developing the whole recycling concept. Around 1,000 people work at the factory, of which half are men and half women. The factory has its own knitting shop and printing press in addition to its normal sewing, inspection and packing lines. Crosswear has invested in a new factory that will be commissioned before the end of 2020. The manufacture of our products in the factory will be transferred to a newer and more modern production unit.
Our knitting factory Hera Sweaters manufactures finished products from yarn in Bangladesh. The company has invested in modern knitting equipment and made great strides in enhancing the quality of recycled yarn. The factory has focused on energy efficiency and on minimising water usage. Amongst other certificates, the factory has been granted a LEED Gold certificate for environmentally-friendly construction and sustainable land usage.
No, it is not. The factories with which Globe Hope cooperates hold international certificates (including a BSCI social audit), covering numerous requirements for social responsibility. The use of child labour is one of the most closely monitored requirements.
Working hours in the factories are 8.00 am to 5.00 pm, which includes a one-hour lunch break. The working week is six days and Friday is a day off.
Employees are paid in full compliance with local legislation, but considerably higher than the minimum wage. The basic pay for a sewing operative corresponds, for example, to what the following professional groups are paid in Finland: accountant, receptionist, mechanic or kindergarden teacher. (Source for comparison: SalaryExplorer.com)
Local public holidays are some 15 days per year. Employees receive a total of one month’s extra pay for the two longer local religious holidays. Employees also receive a total of 10 days local “casual leave” a year as well as a total of 18 days “earn leave” a year. They can opt to receive cash in lieu of the earn leave. Parental leave (locally still maternity leave) is paid and is at least 112 days in length.
Both the factories we use have their own in-house health stations where all employees can freely go to ask for the treatment they need from a doctor or nurse.
Measures taken to combat COVID-19 include safe distancing on production lines and the compulsory wearing of masks. Hand hygiene has also been emphasised. It is extremely important for factories to protect against COVID-19 infection because if positive cases were identified, the factory would quickly have to close – an eventuality no-one wants.
Regular replacement of installed machinery is also important for maintaining a high level of work safety because it minimises unnecessary accidents in sewing shops and factory knitting departments. Certificates for social and ethical responsibility set a spectrum of requirements regarding the use of work premises and safe working conditions, ranging from the tasks of an individual worker to the evacuation plan for the whole factory.
All employees must be trained and competent to operate production lines. Our factories use a professional workforce and, if necessary, employees are given extra training for working with new products, methods and machines.
GRS certification also requires us to address environmental issues. Our process produces wastewater, mainly from washing and dyeing material, which is cleaned in the factory’s own water purification plant. The purification is monitored by laboratory testing of the wastewater every month. The environmental impacts of sewing products are minimal.
Our factories mainly use electricity from the national grid. In Bangladesh, electricity is mainly generated with natural gas, which is more environmentally friendly than coal. Our knitting factory also uses rooftop solar panels that generate some 15% of the electricity it needs.
The new production unit in our warp knitting factory will also use solar panels.
Our entire production process is GRS (Global Recycle Standard) certified. That ensures transparency throughout the production chain and lets us check there are no errors or abuses in it. Certification means we are audited against the GRS standard for our social and environmental responsibility as well as for our use of chemicals. The certifying authority monitors transparency for each production batch.
Alongside GRS certification, we are also certified for social responsibility and ecological operation under other standards such as the OCS (Organic Content Certificate), GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), OEKO-TEX, BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative), and LEED Gold.
A code on a product firstly states the authority granting the certificate, and the actual code following that is specific to an individual factory. The number refers to the factory whose expertise and systems comply with the certification requirements for a transparent process. The certification number of the factory enables tracking of production batches of recycled goods delivered by it.
The GRS certification system does not yet make a tracking tool available to consumers, but all the parties in a process receive a Transaction Certificate (TC) for the traceability of each product batch. Globe Hope posts these batch-specific tracking documents on its public website.
There are specific regulations for the chemicals handled in sewing shops and printing plants, and these chemicals are stored in dedicated spaces reserved specifically for them.
In addition to recycled yarn, we also need many other items such as sewing thread, labels and hang tags. We currently use local suppliers of high quality for these items, but as we expand our supply we plan to maximise our use of recycled items.
Individual products sold online are packed in individual compostable bags to protect the product.
Larger amounts, such as deliveries to retailers, are packed in cardboard boxes, in which we minimise the amount of packaging plastic used.
Pure Waste Textiles
Yrjönkatu 34 A 35
00100 Helsinki, Finland
Tuli Trading Ltd
House#485/A, Road#8/B, Baridhara DOHS,
Dhaka 1206, Bangladesh
00880 Helsinki, Finland