At Conscious Step, we believe that we have a responsibility to create clothing that makes you feel good about what you wear. It’s more than how it looks, feels and lasts, but knowing that it’s creation didn’t happen at the expense of people and planet.
OUR SUPPLY CHAIN
Our cotton growing and sock manufacturing occurs in the states of India. Manufacturing there allows us to benefit of India’s organic cotton expertise (growing 80% of the world’s organic cotton) and for the opportunity to support small and marginal cotton farmers The process of turning seed into sock happens in close partnership with three organizations - a sock manufacturer, a spanning mill, an an organic cotton farming network.
Each of our manufacturing partners are dedicated to maintaining a fair and ethical workplace. This includes no child labor and minimum wage compliance, overtime compensation, and freedom of association for their workers. Our manufacturers are members of various social compliance organizations including the Business Social Compliance Initiative, Better Cotton Initiative, and Fairtrade International.
Our socks are made from organic cotton, and our entire supply chain GOTS and Vegan certified. The crops are not treated with herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, and are not genetically modified. Organic growing systems replenish and maintain soil fertility, build biologically diverse agriculture, and use far less water This makes our socks better for your skin and better for the environment.
Fairtrade is a social movement promoting a sustainable workplace with the goal of helping producers in developing countries achieve better trading and working conditions. Through the certification provided by Fairtrade International, we seek to ensure a fair and stable price for our produce, improved working conditions, environmentally sustainable farming methods, investment in local community development and more.
A SHARED RESPONSIBILITY
There is a large responsibility that falls squarely on the shoulders of fashion designers, manufacturers and brand that makeup the fashion industry. A responsibility to make product that give to the planet, rather than take from it; a responsibility to treat their ‘consumers’ like intelligent people that actually care… A responsibility that Conscious step takes seriously. We’re always working to ensure that the purchase of our products support emerging markets, ensure a fair wage, and promote environmental sustainability.
FASHION, FAST AND SLOW
Distracted by fast fashion and consumerism, it’s easy to forget the clothes on our backs have their own stories to tell - ones that often elude toward the uncomfortable reality that is the garment industry. Fortunately, what’s at stake is becoming clear to an increasing number of us. What we wear is a statement of our values, giving ourselves the opportunity to dress ourselves in what we believe in.