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Organic –  Ethics – Involve

 

CHANGE THE FASHION INDUSTRY

Verlaine & Rimbaud is above all a different vision of fashion and an absolute desire to change the world. The fashion industry is now one of the most polluting in the world, second after the oil industry! But, every day, each of us are a consumer clothing. This is why at Verlaine & Rimbaud we started a giant battle to try to change attitudes and practices of the biggest multinationals by offering only organics and ethical products. But beware, Organic does not mean lower quality or outdated. Instead, our products have an exceptional quality way much greater than what is used by large multinationals: fibers thicker, stronger and softer. Also, we only offer ultra modern curved cuts and reworking timeless fashion piece of yesteryear and today. Like Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud, two great rebels and marginals poets, we are fighting every day to try to change the attitudes and make a difference to our level to arrive a day to make our slogan a reality: UNFUCK THE WORLD!

An other way to do Fashion 

We use only fully certified organic and ethical products in accordance with the highest certifications currently in the world. All our products are 100% climate neutral and are 100% made with clean renewable energy from wind turbines and solar power. We don’t adhere to any political party and we do not represent any particular minority. Our clothing tries to protect the planet and to fight all the different kind of human discrimination around the world. Our emblem is the bow tie as we believe that it is possible to be protest, elegant and smart at the same time. Verlaine & Rimbaud address to all citizens of this world. It’s a wide world, but we love to think that our differences unite us, and that our thoughts and demands are not so different.

All our products are design, screen print and embroidered by hand by artisans, one by one in the heart of Paris in France. It is the same for our seams and our customization made by hand with love by the founder of the brand in his workshop in Paris. Even our labels are made in France, along the Chateaux of the Loire Valley. Because of this, every shirt is a unique piece.

History 

The idea of Verlaine & Rimbaud came to the mind of its young creator Anthony VERLAINE, direct descendant of the Verlaine’s Family,  when a serious accident obliged him to stop his career in foreign policy and humanitarian. Fascinated by fashion and international politics since his childhood , he used this long period of rehabilitation to think about how to evolve consciousness by others means than pure politics, with the objective of reaching a younger public . With a very low budget, he began to design clothes and to write effective punchlines : thus was born Verlaine & Rimbaud!

The production of our products cost us about 3-4 times much more than the average of others big comapnies. But for us ethics must come before business. So, by buying our clothes you are stylish and you help us to Unfuck the world.

Because we want that our children grow up in a better world where nature and tolerance have a primordial role, Verlaine & Rimbaud via its organization will plant a tree for every product bought on our website !

Ecology as a motor

We use only fully certified organic products in accordance with the Global Organic Textile Standard. Our suppliers also holds a licence to use the Soil Association Organic Standard logo on products that meet the organic standard criteria. We actually use the best ecology logos actually in the world.

The clothes you will find at Verlaine & Rimbaud have the highest standards certifications and organic labels existing.  Here are their descriptions:

GOTS, OE Blended OE 100 Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognized as the leading global standard for textiles made from organic and biological fibers.
The label OE100 draws the purchase, the handling and the use(custom) of fibers of certified cotton organic 100 %.                                             The Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) is an independent non-profit organization that works with companies and factories to improve working conditions for workers in the textile industry.                                                                                                                                                                 The OEKO-TEX Standard 100 to cover multiple human and ecological attributes. These include harmful substances that are prohibited or regulated by law, chemicals known to be harmful to health, but not officially banned, and parameters which include as a precautionary measure to preserve health at any age life.
REACH compliant aims to improve protection of human health and the environment through better identification of the intrinsic properties of chemical substances and the strict use of authorized substances.
Our garments also have a license to use the logo Soil Association Organic Standard

 

Why choose organic Cotton ?

Cotton, the most valuable non-food agricultural product, is labelled as the world’s “dirtiest” crop. Vomiting, paralysis, incontinence, coma, seizures and deaths are some of the many side effects suffered by farmers and children in the developing world who are routinely exposed to pesticides, many of which are banned or restricted in use in the West. With no less than 99% of the world’s cotton farmers living in the developing world, the pesticides are applied in fields where illiteracy is high and safety awareness is low, putting both the environment and lives at risk. The dangers faced by poor illiterate children and farmers, to keep our clothes cheap, is unacceptable. To fight against this fact, Verlaine & Rimbaud uses only organic cotton. This is cotton grown without genetically modified grain, without pesticides or pollutants and harmful fertilizers and cons with excellent water management. The cotton crop is alternated with food agriculture, which allows farmers diversified revenues while improving food security in the local community. In addition, organic farming preserves the soil, whereas conventional cotton destroyed. We ensure that no chemical texture or heavy metals are used during dyeing.

 

Carbon footprint

The carbon footprint of a product is the total amount of CO2 and other greenhouse gas emitted during the production of this product, distribution, usage and disposal. Greenhouse gases are so called because they trap heat in the atmospheric layer of earth. Tee shirts that we use allow a 90% reduction in CO2 emissions. The 90% reduction was made possible by the combination of the low impact of organic farming, efficiency in manufacturing and transportation, and the use of renewable energy instead of electricity from fossil fuels. The carbon footprint of the products we use was calculated starting from the cotton field to the distribution warehouses starting points, through processing, manufacturing, transportation.

This label is a good way to give consumers clear information on the environmental impact of clothing through its entire life cycle – from its manufacture to its disposal through its washing – so it can be confident in the sustainability of their clothing choices. The products we use are a green revolution in the textile sector with clothing, the impact of the production is completely neutral on climate. They are biologically and ethically made, using only renewable energy from the wind and sun.

 

Sustainable agriculture 

Our products come from regions where organic cotton is grown and picked by hand. Indeed we do not use any mechanical process and, like organic farming, no chemical fertilizer from oil or pesticide or herbicide.

 

Wind and Solar Energy

Manufacturing processes to produce Verlaine & Rimbaud clothing using machines with low energy consumption from the latest renewable energy. Among other things, thirty turbines continuously producing green electricity constituting the garment main source of energy for our clothes. In addition, measures of alternative use for all derivatives are implemented. Nothing is lost.

 

Carbon neutral

Climate Neutral means our t-shirts are made by reducing emissions of greenhouse gas in a pre-industrial levels through organic cultivation and a production process in which the energy of fossil fuels has been replaced by energy wind and solar renewable.

 

Without compensation program

The term « neutral carbon footprint ‘is usually used when carbon emission reduction units were purchased in order to reach climate neutrality. But the only way to act validly is to change the bad habits of companies and help them reduce emissions that contribute to global warming. This can be achieved by saving the power consumption and use local and renewable sources.

 

 

Small footprint on the water

It should at least 20,000 liters of water to produce 1 kg of cotton, ie a T-shirt and jeans … That’s why our products come from areas with water from 95% of monsoons. Indeed, monsoon rain reduces the need for large-scale irrigation system usually associated with the cultivation of conventional cotton sadly depriving the villagers of water sources, draining lakes and rivers.

 

Pure water

Effluent treatment and dyes waste is carried out in a treatment system in a closed circuit using settling tanks, a sand filtration and reverse osmosis to convert the dirty water into pure water.

 

Biodegradable packaging

Our products are packed with biodegradable materials and PVC in cardboard boxes 100% recycled.

 

Transport

To get to Europe, our products are not transported by air but by sea in containers. All products are packaged in recyclable cartons.

 

 

SAVE THE CLIMATE, WASHING 30°C

The Verlaine & Rimbaud products can be washed at 30 ° C. We ask our customers to consider the effects of the washing machine and the dryer can contribute up to 80% of the energy used by a conventional cotton garment in its lifetime. Alongside conventional washing instructions, so it is indicated SAVE THE CLIMATE AND CLEAN WATER WARM, DRY AIR TO OPEN. We suggest also to use biodegradable detergents, low toxicity for water and will degrade faster and better.

FOR EACH PRODUCT PURCHASED = 1 TREE PLANTED BY OUR ASSOCIATION WORKING AGAINST THE DEFORESTATION AROUND THE WORLD

ETHICS BEFORE BUSINESS

The tragedy of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh is the reason why some clothes are so cheap ! Verlaine & Rimbaud think that we all have a right to a safe and healthy work environment, a living wage, a legally binding contract. We all have a right to be free from discrimination and harassment, to join – or not to join – a labour union, to choose our work freely. We all have a right to fair and reasonable working hours. And our children have a right to go to school. This is why all our labels guarantee the human and ecological quality of our textiles. For our ink, we use also the latest digital technology and of course our ink is protected by the Oeko-Tex Certification and the CPSIA Compliant.

Pressure to produce quickly increasing quantities of cheap textiles has led the apparel industry to allow some of the most unethical trade practices on the planet, worst examples include child labour – bonded child labour, excessive working hours – fifteen hours a day – seven days a week, unsafe, unhygienic working conditions. To ensure that Verlaine & Rimbaud does not contribute to the social injustice seen in manufacturing, commonly known as sweatshop labour, even unwittingly we work only with suppliers working with the ‘Fair Wear Foundation’. The Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) exists to promote fair labour conditions in the garment industry worldwide. The Fair Wear Foundation verifies that the Code of Labour Practices is implemented and respected at the factories.Companies that become members of FWF and sign the Code of Conduct take on the obligation to adhere to the labour standards in their own business operations. They also accept the duty to do everything possible to get other companies in their chain (e.g. suppliers) to respect these labour standards.

 

No use of child labour 

No use is made of child labour. Employees must have completed their period of compulsory education and must be at least 15 years old. Any form of slavery or comparable practices such as the sale and trafficking of children, debt bondage, serfdom and forced or compulsory labour are out of the question. Children [in the age group 15-18] may not perform any work that, by its nature or the circumstances in which it is carried out, is likely to harm their health, safety or morals.

No use of forced labour 

No use will be made of forced labour; this includes forced labour to redeem a debt of work by jail prisoners.

Safe and healthy working conditions 

Measures will be taken to ensure a safe and hygienic working environment, taking into account the available knowledge in the branch of industry and possible specific risks. Effective measures will be taken to prevent accidents and damage to health resulting from, or related to, the work. Risk factors in the work situation are to be minimised insofar as reasonably possible. Physical violence, threats of physical violence, unusual punishments or disciplinary measures and sexual or other forms of intimidation by the employer are strictly forbidden.

Legal labour contract 

Employers’ obligations arising from social insurance laws and regulations applicable to a normal labour contract will not be avoided by introducing sham contracts or apprenticeship contracts where there is no intention to enter into a normal labour contract. Young employees must be given the opportunity to take part in programs of training and education.

Payment of a living wage 

The wages and benefits paid for a standard working week will at least match the legal minimum standards or the standards that are common for the branch of industry, and will always be adequate to meet the basic needs of the workers and their families and to provide a certain amount of disposable income. Deductions from wages for disciplinary purposes will not be permitted; deductions from wages for other purposes will only take place insofar as legally permitted. The deductions will never lead to a situation where the employee receives less than the aforementioned minimum wage. Employees are to be informed clearly and adequately regarding their wage specifications, including the basic wage and the period over which it is paid.

Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining 

The right of all employees to form or join trade unions and to carry out collective bargaining will be recognised. Employee representatives are not to be discriminated against and are to be given access to all work areas necessary in the performance of their duties as representatives.

                                           No discrimination against employees 

Recruitment policy, wage policy, access to training, promotion policy, termination of employment, pensions and all other aspects of labour relations are to be conducted on the basis of equal opportunities, regardless of race, colour, religion, political orientation, trade union membership, nationality, social background, disabilities or handicaps.

No excessive hours of work 

The hours of work will correspond to the prevailing laws and standards for the branch of industry. In no case will workers be obliged to work more than 48 hours per week on a regular basis, and they will be given at least one day off in every 7-day period. Any overtime work will be done on a voluntary basis; will not amount to more than 12 hours per week; will not be called for on a regular basis; and will always be matched by additional compensation.

 

Environmental Justice Foundation – Clean Cotton Campaign 

In support of the EJF’s clean cotton campaign, all Verlaine & Rimbaud garments are labelled with country of origin of the cotton used, thereby demonstrating our commitment to fight against child labour and for worker rights in Uzbekistan and elsewhere. More high profile retailers such as Tesco, Wall-Mart and Debenhams are starting to recognize the problem of Uzbek cotton, and are demanding identification of the sources of raw cotton from their supply chains.

‘No place like home’ from Environmental Justice Foundation on Vimeo.

 

Pick Your Cotton Carefully 

Verlaine & Rimbaud ensure that none of its cotton comes from Uzbekistan. Uzbek cotton is a state monopoly, relying on slave labour and the forced labour of hundreds of thousands of children working in appalling conditions for little, or often no pay. We guarantees that the cotton we use does not come from Uzbekistan, we uses Turkish, Indian & Egyptian cotton. Consumers deserve to have this information. If a consumer could choose between a cotton T-shirt made using Uzbek cotton, picked by school children forcibly taken from their classes by their government, or a T-shirt made with clean cotton, I’m hoping that they’d choose the latter.