FAQ's


 

A lot of the clothes we buy are made cheaply overseas, branded and tagged before being sold around the world. We don’t see is the amount of resources consumed, and levels of pollution released into the environment. Another significant problem is the plight of some of the workers in the factories.

 

We weren’t very happy with the status quo, and so looked to find an alternative.  

 

Bamboo

 We use Bamboo in all our Tees – it's lovely and soft to wear and a natural anti-bactical fabric. It also has the major benefit of using 0% pesticides, and a lot less water in the manufacturing process: a huge plus compared to more traditional fabrics like cotton.

 

 

Eco-Link

We ask Sam and Lucy (our Birmingham based printers) to apply the final touches with our lovely designs for you to wear. They use water based inks which are free from toxic ingredients - so nice to our environment and the people wearing them.

 

 

Chemicals

Processing bamboo does use chemicals - but significantly less than traditional fabrics. Chemicals are needed to break bamboo down into its constituent parts and make bamboo viscose which can then be spun into fibres.    By using a factory certified by OEKO-TEX we’re doing all we can to ensure the impact of the process is reduced to a minimum.

 

There are other methods to process Bamboo using enzymes, and we’re investigating using these materials as the technology develops.  

 

Certso

 The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is an independent testing and certification system for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products at all stages of production. They make sure that no illegal, harmful or chemicals are used in the production of the fabric that your clothes are made from.

 

Find out more information at www.oeko-tex.com

The Organic Crop Improvement Association (OCIA) International is a leader in the organic certification industry. A non-profit, member-owned, agricultural organization, OCIA is dedicated to providing the highest quality organic certification services and access to global organic markets.

These guys provide the confidence in the fabric we source to make our clothes at Grn Bikewear. Find out more at www.ocia.org

 Recycled polyester is a great fabric to use for technical clothing due to it being hard wearing & light, plus it's recycled credentials means it fits just right with our manifesto. We found a lovely chap in Spain that produces some great recycled polyester fabric from plastic bottles. Then we use British based factory to turn the fabric into our cool jerseys.

Want to ensure all our clothes are made by people who get a fair deal. We found the best way to do this was to stay in the UK as much as possible. British manufacturers can guarantee that our technical clothing is made in a factory that complies with Our Manifesto.    

We use packaging that is made in the UK from recycled polythene by Ecomailingbags.com - its more sustainable than standard packaging.  See full postage and shipping details here

  If you’re not happy, neither are we.  We will exchange your purchase, or refund your debit / credit card. Unfortunately we can't refund shipping costs. Check out our exchange & returns agreement

 

There are some things we just couldn't get made economically in Britain.  For those items, we make sure that they're manufactured in audited (by the Fairwear Foundation)factories that guarantee fair treatment of workers.  See more about Fairwear

If you have any questions that we haven’t answered here please let us know through the contact us page and we’ll be glad to get back to you with the answer.