Ethical & Fair Trade
Ethical & Fair Trade
Since we started in 1989, we have been committed to ethical trade.
Fair trade policy
Wherever we do business, either in the UK or overseas, we are committed to doing our best to deliver a high standard of ethical conduct. For us, it's not enough to simply comply with legal requirements; we are constantly looking for new ways to improve our relationships, and work closely with everyone involved in the Nomads journey.
We require complete transparency in our production process, and our suppliers hold certificates for social and ethical audits as well as an AEPC common code of conduct. All except the very smallest also have SEDEX certification. We also visit our suppliers in India regularly throughout the year to ensure our standards are being met. We personally know where our products are made and have a good relationship with each factory, one of which we have been working with for 25 years.
Our fair trade policy ensures that –
• Employees are working of their own free will.
• Employees have freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining.
• We are providing safe and clean working conditions.
• No children under the age of 16 make our products.
• Workers are paid a fair wage that is either at or above the national minimum wage. We pay producers in advance so that they do not go into debt buying materials.
• Workers are provided regular breaks and holidays.
• We are helping our factories work towards equality for men and women in both pay and opportunity.
• We are providing regular work as established by national law and practice.
• We are increasing awareness for the need to shop responsibly and to push the multi-nationals into working towards fair trade on a global level.
• We do not tolerate harsh or inhumane treatment
We consider the impact on the environment that each step of our journey takes, and actively seek to use environmentally friendly materials and methods at every opportunity.
GOTS certified organic cotton - Organic cotton is always the best choice of cotton because it’s the kindest to the environment, the growers and to the wearer. Grown naturally, the soil maintains good levels of fertility and the fact that no harmful chemicals are used not only makes it better for the environment, but also for the cotton growers themselves. Learn more about organic cotton (link).
Viscose - Viscose is made from sustainable wood pulp so is a natural fibre that is both breathable and biodegradable. The process of producing viscose does involve chemicals and we ensure that our dyeing units and fabric manufacturing units have a water treatment plant, so that the processing water is treated before being released back into the environment.
We do not use Formaldehyde, Azo, Phthalates, Alkylphenols or PVC in any form – which are harmful chemicals commonly used in the fast fashion industry.
Our suppliers use environmentally approved Azo free dyes – no animal products are used in the making of the dyes, and they are not tested on animals.
We occasionally use buttons made from mother of pearl shells. We feel that this is better than using plastic as they are bio-degradable. The wool used in our knitwear is mulesing free merino wool from Australia, meaning it is cruelty free.
We are however aware that this does not comply with those living a vegan lifestyle. Please see individual product listings for fabric and trimmings content.
We also use fully biodegradable packing – your order will arrive to you in a Nomads brown paper package, made from FSC sustainable sources, and the individual garment packaging is made from cornstarch. These bags provide the same strength and durability as the widely used polyethylene (plastic) version, however they are fully biodegradable – just place in your compost bin, or regular household bin.
Ultimately, we aim to design and make beautiful clothes that increase the awareness of the need to shop responsibly, and to prove that it is more than possible to live a stylish, sustainable life.
Our range of organic cotton clothing uses yarn that is certified by GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standards), the gold standard for sustainable processing of textiles.
A GOTS label in a garment means that you can be sure that it has reached the GOTS specifications of social and environmental compliances that cover the processing, manufacturing, packaging, labelling, trading and distribution of textiles.
Our GOTS license number is DK26875
We are proud members of Common Objective, an innovative online platform with a big ambition – to take sustainable fashion from niche to norm.
All members have one common objective – to build businesses that have a positive impact on people and the environment, and we work together to provide complete transparency in our production and supply chains. Common Objective builds on ten years of work by the Ethical Fashion Forum, which now reaches a global network spanning 141 countries.
BAFTS ( The British Association for Fair Trade Shops)
Nomads are proud to be a BAFTS member. BAFTS is a network of independent fair trade shops across Britain set up to increase awareness of fair trade groups and products that are developed and sourced through ethical trade. Read more about BAFTS here.
TAMWED Linking communities in the UK and India
We support TAMWED - Linking communities in the UK and India
TAMWED (Tamil Nadu/West Devon) is a non-profit charity, which grew out of professional and social connections between people in Devon, England and NGOs in south India. Since 1997 training and exchanges between India and the UK have been organised by a Devon community organisation called WESTDEN. After the 2004 tsunami, WESTDEN joined local people who have an interest in south India to meet and consider how they could offer long term support and to bring communities in these countries closer together.
By 2006 TAMWED was formed as a registered charity with the objective of helping to overcome poverty in areas of southern India that have the greatest need. Current projects deal with community health, herbal medicine and climate change, the most important issues affecting the lives of some of the poorest and most isolated rural communities. TAMWED is a voluntary organisation that is entirely dependent on donors.
Nomads supports TAMWED through donations from our profits which help to support a community health project. Due to climate change and reduced rainfall, the land used for farming was no longer yielding enough crops. This project involves growing herbs which require less rainfall and teaches the community how to use herbs for natural medicine and diet. This saves them the cost of medicine and the long journeys needed to receive treatments. The gardens are also used to grow fruit and vegetables, some of which are sold along with the surplus herbs to provide a vital income.
Visit the TAMWED website to find out about current fund-raising events and how you can make a donation.
Visit the TAMWED website to find out about current fund raising events and how you can make a donation
New Life - the charity for disabled children
We inevitably end up with some garments that we cannot sell, for one reason or another. These garments are perfectly wearable, so we donate them to Newlife, a charity that provides help and support to children with disabilities or terminal illnesses and their families.
All the profits from these donations go towards helping the charity grow, from paying for nurses and vital equipment, to gaining awareness through advertising campaigns.
Visit the NEWLIFE website to find our more about this great charity, and how you can get involved.