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collections are made from sustainable materials, including fair-trade organic cotton knits, Bluesign certi fi ed eco-dyed silk, organic cotton, linen and wool, and sus- tainable and recycled fi bers and coloration processes. Currently, Eileen Fisher makes seamless sweaters (knit garments without any seams) with fewer production stages and reduced waste. Eileen Fisher s Peru Project focuses upon fair-trade wages and organic cotton as a part of a company-wide commitment to make fair-trade Peruvian knits as an important part of the sustainable collection. Eileen Fisher s Peruvian partners fol- low the guidelines of the Fair Trade Federation, who are committed to provide fair wages, support safe and healthy community workplaces, supply fi nancial and technical support, ensure environmental sustainability, respect cultural identity, offer public accountability and transparency, build direct and long-term relation- ships, and educate the consumers. 2.4 Esprit Social and environmental commitment is part of Esprit s DNA ”— this has been a motto of Esprit to implement and ensure sustainability in their operations ( http:// ). To Esprit, sustainability means creating high-quality fashion that one can enjoy for a long time, and the company strongly believes that the people who make the company products must be treated fairly and respectfully along with the environment. This commitment means there should be no child labor, no forced labor, legal compensation, no involuntary overtime, no illegal or disciplinary deductions from wages, strict adherence to local law and regulations, no workplace discrimination, safe and healthy working conditions, no use of restricted chemicals, and minimized damage to the environment. Esprit s other initiatives include support for the Business Social Compliance Initiative and ZDHC, and the company is a founding circle member of the SAC. The SAC was founded by a group of sustainability leaders from global apparel and footwear industries ( ). It seeks to identify common metrics and approaches to reduce the social and environmental impacts of apparel and footwear products. The major focus of the SAC is on the Higg Index, which measures the environmental impact of apparel and footwear products. Esprit s mission statement of the year 1990 Be informed, be involved, make a difference paved the way for the designers to look beyond the gamut of fashion and pay attention to the social and environmental impacts of apparel manufacturing. Sustainable Measures Taken by Brands, Retailers, and Manufacturers 115
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As a result, the organic collection by Esprit was launched in the year 1992, pro- jecting Esprit as a pioneer in the sustainable apparel market. Esprit uses organic cotton certi fi ed by the Global Organic Textile Standard, with traceability throughout the production process. In addition to organic cotton, Tencel, organic linen, and organic wool are also are used by Espirit for the production of garments.
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