Most of Arthur and Henry’s organic cotton is GOTS certified, and is produced by the Pratima Organic Famer’s group in Balangir, Odisha, India. Organic cotton is better for both the farmers who grow and harvest the cotton, as well as for the planet. Organic cotton uses agricultural methods designed to help sustain the soil it grows on, without using the high levels of pesticides and insecticides used in the production of conventional cotton.
As well as being aware of the environmental impact of the materials they use, Arthur and Henry also strive to make their packaging as sustainable as possible. They use some biodegradable plastic bags in their packaging, and the rest are recyclable. All of the tissue paper and cardboard in their packaging is either FSC certified or recycled.
This shirt was made in India at a Fairtrade certified facility. A few of Arthur and Henry’s shirts are currently Fairtrade certified, and the company’s long-term goal is to get their entire range certified. In the meantime, all of their suppliers meet the Global Organic Textile Standard’s social criteria and the factory where the shirts are made has been audited against a variety of high criteria codes, including the Ethical Trading Initiative’s Base Code. Their shirts are all produced in a unit in Bangalore by highly skilled tailors who are paid the highest wages in the factory. Arthur and Henry are very transparent about their supply chain and the challenges that they face as a small company endeavouring to do business in an ethical way, and they explore some of these issues on their blog. They also mention that they would happily share further details about the factory that produces their shirts upon request.