First Base are aware that there is an environmental cost for us to trade as a business, so we are actively moving towards sustainability in both big and small aspects of the brand.
At First Base, we aim to consistently reduce and hopefully one day, eliminate that environmental cost.
They aren’t saying that they’re perfect, but they are saying that they care and are constantly implementing new ways of working to reduce our environmental impact and actively give back.
All First Base gear is designed in Bondi Beach, Australia.
Their garments are manufactured in various parts of China and are proudly ethically produced.
So, what does that really mean? Let’s break it down.
Being ethically produced on a top-line level means that all their factories are audited by a third party to ensure that they are WRAP (World Responsible Accredited Production) compliant. Because they believe in investing in the future of their factories and their workers.
The WRAP certification’s 12 key principles are:
- Compliance with local laws
- Prohibition of forced labour
- Prohibition of child labour
- Prohibition of harassment and abuse
- Compensation and benefits
- Hours of work
- Prohibition of discrimination
- Health and safety
- Freedom of association
- Customs compliance
The factories are audited bi-annually to ensure that these standards are upheld.
Additionally, their team visits the factories annually, so that we can physically see how business is being done.
Being ethically produced is important to them because they are talking about basic human rights being met, standards that you or I would absolutely expect in our working environment.
The more companies and people that initiate these audits and ensure safe and fair working conditions, the sooner it will become the norm.
By accepting to work with factories that do not provide ethical conditions for their employees, they would be condoning the practice. Not cool. It’s way cooler to be kind.
As a result, First Base is committed to only working with factories that are operating in an ethical fashion. It is at the forefront of our mind to continually monitor and support our supply chain to ensure the best working conditions for everyone involved with our brand.
They love a classic white tee, so it was a no brainer for us to make the switch to 100% certified organic cotton.
The cotton they use is grown in Indore, India and exported in its’ raw form to China where it is then spun into yarn. It is then inspected & assessed according to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) & certified by the Control Union Certifications. This helps to ensure complete transparency and quality in our production cycle.
Organic Cotton is something that we believe in, not only does it use less water in its growing process, it eliminates the harmful chemicals and toxins associated with regular cotton. They believe that these benefits are valuable to the long-term health of our environment and the farmers.
In addition to using organic cotton, all of the coloured basics use GOTS dyes and inks, so you can shop their gear knowing that you’re supporting a product that is legit.
Truly, ethically produced products.