Here at Nerida Hansen Fabrics we are passionate and committed to supporting and nurturing local, independent artists and talent. We also value our positive, respectful and driven team members. Together we have made a commitment to be more transparent with our business operations, minimise our waste, embrace and integrate more sustainable practices, continue to make ethical choices and lessen our harm of the planet.
This is a work-in-progress, a journey that will be ongoing and will contribute to positive change for our world, our people, our children and ourselves.
Cotton is one of our favourite and most popular textiles. Currently Nerida Hansen Fabrics sells Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS) certified organic cotton quilting and organic cotton quilting stash packs with plans on growing our organic range.
The certification means that organic standards are ensured from the harvesting of raw materials through to environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing. It ensures that the cotton has been grown without genetically modified organisms (GMOs), without chemicals and with traceability from the cotton fields to the final customer.
GOTS also guarantees water efficiency for field irrigation, the respect for social working conditions and that finished products have been manufactured without any toxic products for the environment, workers or users.
Organically grown cotton sustains the health of soil, ecosystems and people by relying on the use of natural processes. The cotton is often softer as the fibres have not been broken down.
Our fashion fabrics and designs are about longevity, not what is on trend and we want them to last from season to season.
As well as our organic range, we support sustainable cotton farming practises in partnership with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). BCI helps farmers grow cotton in a way that reduces stress on the local environment and improves the livelihoods of the farming community.
Our digital printing on the textiles is non-toxic with no run-off.
We no longer offer a bag with every purchase in store, but there are brown bags if needed. Our postage bags are 100% compostable. If they end up in landfill, they will break down with zero waste.
All of our marketing material is printed on 100% recycled paper and we keep printing to a minimum.
Moving forward Nerida Hansen Fabrics will continue to collaborate with like-minded designers, makers and companies who are conscious about our environment, making sustainable choices and operate under fair work conditions. We will celebrate the people that make our brand what it is.
We are also committed to working with our suppliers to identify production processes that reduce impact on the environment. We want our supply chain to support its employees and create rewarding jobs.
As always, we will support creativity and believe in respect for everyone.
We are proud to announce that in 2020 we raised $10,000 from our bushfire fundraising campaign that was donated to Red Cross Australia, RSPCA Victoria and Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary.
FAIR WORKING CONDITIONS
We strongly support and insist fair and safe working conditions throughout our supply chain. This includes the prohibition of child or forced labour and the guarantee of fair wages, reasonable working hours and safe working environments.
There is no discrimination at Nerida Hansen Fabrics in hiring, promoting, collaborating, licensing or terminating based on race, caste, religion, origin, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or political affiliation.
We will continue to strive to ensure that sustainable and ethical practices are a priority with our business and our partners, suppliers and artists. Our aim for 2020 is to expand our organic range.