Servi Store recently partnered with Cire Services, a community organisation in the Yarra Valley, Victoria to source their uniforms. Here is the article about the same as featured on their blog.
Cire Services is an organisation with a vision and mission to support community. Our staff are proud and happy to serve our local communities through the different services we provide. Now Cire employees have another reason to be proud. Staff are now supporting families and communities in other parts of the world, especially cotton farmers and garment workers in rural India. We are able to do this through our new and re-branded polo shirt uniforms; which are made with 100% certified organic cotton and are made under a Fairtrade agreement.
Why organic cotton?
Organic cotton, unlike conventional cotton, is produced using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. The seeds are not genetically modified and organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic pesticides and fertilisers. It is soft, sturdy and resilient. Organic cotton is better for the environment as it reduces pollution, conserves biodiversity and prevents water contamination.
What does sourcing Fairtrade certified uniforms involve?
Fairtrade certification ensures better working conditions and ethical terms of trade for farmers and workers in developing countries. The standards include protection of workers’ rights, the protection of children and also the preservation of the environment.
In some developing countries, children as young as six years old spend an average of 64 hours a week making clothing for the world’s leading brands and retailers. That’s close to 30 hours more than the weekly working hours of an Australian adult. Adding to these shocking statistics is the fact that these children get paid less than $2 a day. They are children who should be going to school, dreaming about the future and laughing with kids their own age. They should not be working almost 9 hours a day to provide for their families.
Cire made the decision to source a new uniform supplier who matched our values. The new polo shirt uniforms for Cire employees are made ethically. The polo shirts look fresh and feel comfortable; and were sourced locally through a Melbourne based Fairtrade certified custom merchandise company, thank you Servi Store for your help in meeting our environmental goals.