Fashion’s crippling impact on the Environment is only getting worse. Every year, Earth Day rolls around and gets us thinking about fashion’s environmental impact, and every year we vow to shop less, educate ourselves (and others) about manufacturing and production and prioritize ethical designers in our closets.
We want to play our role, find something to change, and take the first step toward changing it.
In 2017, the Earth day was dedicated to literacy on the environment and climate. Education is the basis for progress, it is therefore necessary to train a global population aware that climate change is an unprecedented threat to our planet. An in-depth environmental education will help accelerate the adoption of laws and policies to defend the planet and the climate and the transition to a low-emission society.
So, what we can do now is trying to educate our children to a conscious consumption of clothes: Sustainable fashion is partly about producing clothes, shoes and accessories in environmentally and socio-economically sustainable manners, but also about more sustainable patterns of consumption and use, which necessitate shifts in individual attitudes and behaviour.
So we want to start from here: sharing a mission to approach fashion from a different perspective of mindful consumption by creating school uniform that are practical, durable, comfortable, cool and good for the world in their simplicity. We want the students to have a clear understanding of what can be done and so act and be a symbol of a new revolution, where the way we decide to do things is more important than anything else.
OVS sources from factories suppliers inspected for compliance to regulation on labour and environmental issues (both internally and through third party verification program, such as BSCI, Sedex, etc). All involved suppliers are or will be engaged with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition through the HIGG index platform, to continuously monitor and improve their environmental and Social/labor performance.
All items of clothing are subject to chemical-physical testing by third parties to ensure that they comply with the limits defined for potentially hazardous substances. These limits are stricter than those set by the relevant international Rules and Regulations and are voluntarily adopted by our main supplier.
In addition to direct testing, the standard Oeko-Tex 100 certified supply chain (class I and II) is also used.
All cotton based garments are organic GOTS certified.
All polyester based garments are made with recycled PET from post consumer waste, and GRS or RCS certified.
A more sustainable product is not just a matter of sourcing: we want to adopt a different approach to business. We want to proactively contribute to a circular economy in the apparel industry. We want to collect used uniform every year by the end of the school and re-use them: whether it is items will be reconditioned and put again in sales as “second hand” or if not possible they will be recycled. In any case our aim is to extend useful life of any garments, reduce impact on production, and even in distribution. If any of you should accept to assemble deliveries of school uniforms in one address (if schools agree may be it could be the school address) we will be able to reduce CO2 emission for transport.
So, what we want to do is to try playing our role to change the way we consume and act for our world, and we will be very happy to share our dream with you.