Epona Clothing supplies blank t-shirts, polos, gym bags and hooded sweatshirts made from fair trade certified cotton. Founded in 2002 by Tom Andrews, Epona Clothing’s products are certified by the United Kingdom-based charity, the Fairtrade Foundation. The cotton is grown in India and abides to a sweatshop-free supply chain. The Epona basic clothing collection is manufactured in Bangladesh and the limited edition collection is manufactured in Sri Lanka. Furthermore, Epona Clothing is organic, credited by the Oeko-Tex Association and heavy metal-free.
Due to Epona’s fair trade commitment, the company is able to give small-scale producers and farmers fair wages as well as a premium that invests in environmental and community projects. On its website, Epona Clothing states that in 2010, the clothing company helped over 200 farmers to get a better deal and provided £22,000 for the social premium.
Epona Clothing has a number of non-exploitation conditions that it is committed to and has social audits in the factories in order to ensure that those conditions are followed all along the production process. For instance, 48 hours is the maximum amount one can work in the week, overtime is both voluntary and paid, and the working atmosphere is hygienic and safe.
On the supply end, Epona Clothing’s products are sold to about 80 universities in the United Kingdom, UNICEF, Amnesty International, music merchandisers, schools, ethical businesses, festivals, and workwear and staff uniforms for other corporations. Each product is 100 percent cotton, which makes the apparel suitable for screen-printing. All of Epona’s products are available in bulk, and can be bought blank as they appear in Epona’s photos, or can be customized to suit the client’s needs.
Epona Clothing’s commitment to fair trade and high business standards has reaped many benefits. From 2004 to 2008, Epona Clothing’s sales increased from £10,000 to £850,000. Indeed, Epona claims to have the largest range of promotional fair trade cotton in the market, and its success is shown simultaneously through improved living conditions for its farmers and successful business results.
Epona Clothing Website
Bon Marche Centre
241-251 Ferndale Road
Telephone: +44 (0) 207 326 4137