All Wesley James Label products are designed right here in Melbourne Australia. Our new clothing products are ethically made by our manufacture in Bali, Indonesia.
Ethical? What is it? What does it mean for clothing? Why should we care?
We should care about the impact that fast fashion has on our planet. By sourcing manufactures that use recycled fabrics, have less waste from each product (less cut offs), less dye being used and have lower minimum quantities that you can order, positive changes can be made for the planet.
(These are only a few of the many ways to cut back on the impact fashion has on the environment).
As well as making sure our impact on the environment is minimised, it's also important to make sure that the people who make these products are being looked after correctly by their employer.
That's why we at Wesley James make sure that the wonderful people who are actually making these products are - being paid correctly (as per minimum wage standards of their country), working the correct days/hours and not being over worked or underpaid, have proper work stations that are well ventilated, have natural sunlight and adhere to health and safety standards.
You might also find that more companies you purchase from are making these changes or have already started to make changes. Supporting companies like these allows them to continue to support manufactures who value and care for their employees, and helps them to maintain and improve their sustainability standards.
The global fashion industry is considered the second most polluting industry. Due to generations of waste, exhaustive use of resources and unethical labor conditions, the world is facing terrible social and environment implications.
Thanks to growing consumer awareness, people can see the negative impacts of fast fashion. This has led to the creation of a new marketplace for sustainable and ethical apparel manufacturing.
There are a few important things to look for when you see the term 'ethical fashion' or 'ethical manufacturing'. These things include a liveable wage (based off the countries' minimum wage standards), a standardised work week, and a safe and healthy working environment.
For us here at Wesley James, we have confirmed all of this with our manufacture, ensuring all of this to be able to work with them and to grow our brand for the better.
Here are some examples of what we made sure of going forward with clothing we have made -
That our manufacture pays their employees at the approved minimum wage or above, based on their country of minimum wage laws.
The employees are not over worked, they work 5 days a week 8 hours a day. However if they do work over time they are paid for that time at the correct wage.
Their work stations are well ventilated and have plenty of natural sunlight, allowing for a safe and healthy workplace for all employees.
They also have minimal waste from cut offs from making our products, which then causes less waste and less pollution to the environment.
For all products made ethically we will advertise that on their product page on our website and through our social media platforms.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us and we will get back to you ASAP.
Thank you - Wesley James Label