Ethics & Sustainability.
T.M.Lewin's journey to sustainability is ongoing, however it is one that we are firmly committed to. Our sustainability goal aims to ensure that our customers, our people and the environment are looked after.
Whilst we're not yet where we want to be, we are continuing to make strides to ensure our business is as green and sustainable as possible. Here are some of the measures we already have in place to achieve our goal, along with some of our plans for the future.
We pride ourselves on making clothes that are built to last using the highest quality cotton and materials.
The majority of our products are made from pure cotton or cotton blends. As a natural product this does not damage the environment when it biodegrades.
We ensure that our factories all have a high level of effluent management and that all chemical effluent is contained and treated within the factory itself.
We aim to sea-freight any products made in the Far East and only fly on very rare occasions.
We are committed to eradicating all single-use plastic, and some of our factories are already 'plastic free' through the use of recycled paper packaging.
Within the next twelve months our shirts will be packed with fully recycled and recyclable paper, with no plastic components.
We have also sourced a biodegradable outer-bag that will biodegrade after two years when disposed of.
We are constantly working to introduce more sustainable materials and fibres into our range, such as Tencel and Modal.
We ensure that all of our suppliers are signatories and comply with the Modern Slavery Act. You can read more about this here.
Prior to the start of all business relationships with our suppliers, they must agree to T.M.Lewin’s terms and conditions, requiring them to agree to a wide range of ethical and social responsibilities.
We personally visit our factories to ensure conditions are acceptable before production begins. Our team of buyers and technically experienced staff visit our factories at least once per year.
Additionally, we have all factories independently audited by an internationally recognised auditor, who completes thorough checks, reporting on both health and safety and ethical and social compliance. Any failure to comply or meet T.M.Lewin’s standards results in an immediate halt in production or a termination of contract.
We also use the independent auditors SGS to audit our factories to ensure all health and safety standards are compliant with local laws. Where small levels of risk are identified, a clear time frame is put in place for corrective actions before they are revisited to ensure compliance. Any serious level of risk always requires immediate action.
We ensure our suppliers sign up to international testing to ensure no harmful materials are used in the production of our products. We also ensure no animals are harmed in the manufacturing process of any wool product, and that no animal furs are used in any product.
Our Charity Work.
Since 2017, T.M.Lewin has been working with Prostate Cancer UK. Since then, we have raised money to donate through a number of initiatives, including sample sales, sporting events, bake-offs and raffles.
T.M.Lewin employees are entitled to two paid days off per year to volunteer at a non-profit organisation of their choice.
We’re partnered with Dallaglio RugbyWorks, a charity that works to support vulnerable people and help them achieve more.
We encourage students from the Fashion Retail Academy to come and work within the business to get professional work experience for their future.