Since we started in 1989, we have been committed to ethical trade.
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 –
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.
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.
Our Dyes - 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.
Our Buttons - We occasionally use buttons made from mother of pearl shells. We feel that this is better than using plastic as they are bio-degradable.
Merino Wool - 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 packaging – 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 non gmo-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 food waste, 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.
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
If the garment doesn’t have a GOTS label but is labelled organic it means that the factory producing the garment is not GOTS certified. However, you can rest assured that the fabric used is and that the land and farmers have not been subjected to polluting chemicals. For our smaller producers, the process of certification is too high, so we rely on our personal knowledge of the factory and transparent relationships.
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.
TAMWED - We support 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.
Newlife - 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.