ONCE is committed to amplifying the stories of companies that are creating items with people and planet in mind. Included in that sentiment are some tangible standards that we encourage all brands to abide by, such as these elements that reduce a company’s impact on the planet:
- Low water need
- Low energy need
- Recycled or upcycled raw materials
- From renewable resource
- Chemicals control
- No GMO
- No soil erosion
- Demand-driven production
Our vetting process also considers a set of social standards whereby companies ensure that their garments are made in factories that respect workers’ rights and pay decent salaries, such as:
- Living wages paid
- Reasonable working hours
- Safe and healthy working place
- No child labor
- No forced labor
It is a bonus in our book if brands redistribute part of their benefits to charity, environmental projects, or have social integration programs in their human resource policy. For example, there are numerous ways to place planet in line with profit, including by being a member of organisations such as 1% for the Planet.
Despite the fact that we hope that all brands will strive to be as sustainable as possible, we recognize that supply chains are increasingly complex and profit margins are tight. Therefore, our aim is to create a space in which we highlight the success stories of brands that are attempting to do well through their efforts while presenting avenues for continuous improvement. This includes developing a pipeline of sustainably and ethically-minded supply chain partners from which our brand partners can efficiently pull resources to aid them along that path.
Our mission is simple: radical transparency. Creating positive and lasting change takes time. ONCE doesn’t want to ostracize those brands that aren’t perfect, but rather hopes to ride the tides of change alongside brands who hope for better, for ourselves and for our planet.