ethics

Everything we do is borne out of a passion for inspiring future generations and protecting the environment for years to come.


artywren loves Organic Cotton

All ArtyWren garments and labels are made from 100% organic cotton.

Organic cotton is grown without pesticides, insecticides, herbicides and Genetically Modified Organisms, leaving the soil, air and water free from harmful toxins.  It's grown using methods and materials that have less of an impact on the environment as well as producing garments that last longer and are kinder to our skin.  

Did you know that organic cotton produces around 46% less CO2 emissions compared to conventional cotton? It also uses 71% less water, helping preserve this precious resource for the future. 

As a completely natural material, cotton is completely biodegradable so it has an amazing advantage over many other synthetic materials.  But when cotton is not grown in an organic way and it biodegrades, the chemical parts of it are broken down and seep back into the earth, which can cause harm to the surrounding environment.

Overall, organic cotton benefits the farmers and workers who produce it, us as consumers and the environment.  What’s not to love?!

global organic textile standard (gots)

We work with a GOTS certified factory in India, one of the world's largest producers of organic cotton. 

GOTS is recognised as the world's leading standard for textiles made from organic fibres.  Our factory is regularly audited by GOTS and certification covers all elements of the supply chain, from harvesting of raw materials, construction of fabrics,  environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing, labelling and quality control so you can rest assured that our garments are sustainable and ethical.  

corozo buttons

Plastic buttons, used widely in the fashion world, are not biodegradable and are a contributing factor to the world's growing problem with plastic pollution. 

ArtyWren uses buttons made from the 'Tagua' or 'Corozo' seed, also known as ‘Vegetable Ivory’.  Corozo seeds are harvested once fallen naturally from the Tagua tree, as seeds that are picked from the palm before they fall are not ripe enough for button production. So there’s absolutely no need for deforestation. 

Unlike plastic buttons, Corozo buttons will eventually biodegrade, helping reduce the amount of plastic waste in oceans and landfills.

The use of Corozo buttons supports a naturally occurring eco-system in the South American rainforest, as well as creating thousands of jobs.

Watch an amazing video about Corozo buttons here.

plantable clothing tags

How many clothing tags with plastic fasteners do you throw away each year?  We see far too many on the high street.  Our clothing tags are made from paper containing wildflower seeds to encourage children to plant it, rather than throw it away.  The tags are fastened using natural twine that will biodegrade when planted.  

We love to engage children in doing something positive for the environment.  Attracting butterflies and bees to their gardens is a great example!

Wear me, love me, pass me on

Our garments are made to last, so we encourage you to pass your loved and worn ArtyWren garments on to another child when you've finished with them and are working on a garment exchange program to support this, so please keep an eye out for updates! 

packaging

ArtyWren packaging is sourced from recycled materials and is biodegradable, recyclable or reusable.  

All garments will be supplied in an organic cotton bag that can be reused, rather than the usual polythene bags that so many garments are packaged in and end up in land fill. Our cotton bags have many uses - they can be used to carry fruit and vegetables from the supermarket to save using plastic bags or could be used as storage for toys, games, or bits and bobs.  The possibilities are endless!

artywren’s one for one cause

India has a population of around 1.2 billion and despite having one of the world’s fastest growing economies people living in both cities and rural areas experience extreme poverty.  There are an estimated 18 million children living on the streets in India. 

Goa Outreach is a project based in Goa, India, with the aim of helping local disadvantaged children regardless of their religion, class or gender. Many of these children are slum and street children who have arrived in Goa alone or with their families from neighbouring states in the hope of an easier and better life. 

Each time a garment is purchased ArtyWren will donate a themed organic cotton T shirt to Goa Outreach to be distributed to children who need them.