Our Ethical & Social Standards
When we asked parents why they love Aster & Oak, they said our designs are unique and our clothing is so soft and comfortable for playing and snuggling in – but did you know, we also have a deeper purpose? We want to make the world a better place by maintaining high ethical standards in all areas of our business. We personally hand illustrate, design and track every step of the manufacturing process of our products - from the soil the cotton is grown in, right up to your door. A lot goes into a tiny outfit for a baby, and we want to ensure every step in the supply chain supports the environment and human rights.
What exactly is social responsibility? It means that we, as a company have a duty to act in the best interests of our environment and society as a whole. Aster & Oak is an advocate for social responsibility. We want our products to have a meaningful and positive impact on everyone involved in their creation and the world we live in.
This year marks the 8th anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, which killed 1,138 people and injured many more in 2013. Despite cracks appearing in the building the day before, garment factory workers were told they must go to work. Fashion greatly impacts human lives around the world. We encourage you as the consumer, to ask brands #whomademyclothes?
We only partner with organisations that provide fair and safe working conditions. These are some of our strict expectations, that are audited by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS):
Quality control and Minimised waste
We are certified by GOTS, which is a worldwide standard for organic fibres. There are strict rules we must adhere to, certifications to apply for and social and environmental criteria. Fibres must be free from harmful chemicals, processes must reduce wastage and environmental harm, and workers must be employed safely and fairly.
We also only manufacture small runs to prevent mass wastage of unsold clothing. We do not contribute to fast fashion, and our items are high-quality, durable and long-lasting. They can be resold, or passed on to younger children. Any garments that have faults or small marks will be donated or used for our monthly Mystery Bags!
From soil to seams, each seasons collection is naturally made. Created with love and respect for the people who make and wear our clothes. Natural dyes and zero chemicals make every garment safe for your baby, those who grow the cotton and tomorrow’s children.
If you have any other questions about our manufacturing processes or ethical / fair trades, feel free to contact us.