ETHICS AND ENVIRONMENT
THTC are dedicated to using sustainable materials for all its products and promotes the use of Hemp, as well as Carbon neutral organic cotton and bamboo as viable organic clothing fabrics. We source these products from ethically verified environments and use water based, discharge printing processes on the majority of our designs.
THTC's CEO Gavin Lawson was also listed in the 'Future 100' social entrepreneurs of 2008. Visit the Future 100 Here
THTC is a member of Ethical Junction Visit Ethical Junction Here
THTC also works with See Companies to ensure transparency within our factories. Profit Through Ethics (Formerly SEE Companies)
All factories that THTC source from comply with ISO 9000 standards –(international organisation of standardisation).
Eco Paper is used for poster printing, and will soon be used in all THTC flyers, swing tickets and catalogues.
Our range of Wind Farm produced organic cotton t-shirts are sourced from Continental Clothing, a London-based supplier. Continental have full certifications of all their fabrics on their website. They are certified by the Fair Wear Foundation, an international verification initiative dedicated to enhancing workers' lives the world over. The cotton is certified organic and grown on wind farms using renewable energy, meaning our cotton is 100% carbon neutral.
All our certified organic cotton is also grown in China. This is a fledgling industry that THTC supports which saves the energy and expense of shipping in from Europe or India.
All of our Hemp is grown on small family farms in North East China. It is and always has been grown organically.
The hemp is trucked to the mill for de-gumming and processing into fibre. No caustic soda is used during this process, keeping it as environmentally sound as possible.
The clothing is manufactured by people who receive full safety training, and belong to a labour union. The minimum age of employees is 19, the maximum age being 54. They work 8 hour shifts and have weekends off - (That’s more than us at THTC central!)
The company we source our Bamboo fibre from has Oeko Tex 100 certification, which is an internationally recognised standard in sustainability. These standards are set by the international certification body Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International (FLO).
Currently, THTC is working to secure a partnership with the Fair Trade Foundation. Although already doing so, attaining the Fair Trade Mark will independently guarantee that THTC that disadvantaged producers in the developing world are getting a better deal. For a product to display the FAIRTRADE Mark it must meet international Fairtrade standards.
Some of the THTC range is made from a 70% bamboo / 30% organic cotton blend.
Bamboo is one of the few plants that grows faster than hemp, and as it comes from an interconnected subterranean root system, the plant is not killed, just the shoots harvested. The supplier is internationally recognised for its sustainable processes regarding not only harvesting but also production of the bamboo itself. The fibre is a bamboo viscose (as is 99% of the bamboo fibre found in the textile industry) meaning that it is an extruded fibre made in the same way as other viscose fibres, so there is a chemical and energy footprint, however the raw material is bamboo cellulose which is very ecologically sustainable.
The unknown treasure that is Hemp
We think HempNut brand shelled hempseed is the most important development to ever happen to hempseed! Most people agree that the outer shell is not very tasty, more for the birds than humans perhaps.
HempNut can be used in literally any recipe, it's that versatile. It contains about 40% more nutrition than whole hempseed. In fact, it's one of the most nutritious plant foods available, with 36% Essential Fatty Acids (the "good" fat), and 31% high-quality protein (second only to soybean), and very high in vitamins! Machines and a special process are used to gently remove the shell, resulting in the first hempseed clean enough for humans. It needn't be cooked for it to be sterilised, unlike whole hempseed, because shelling naturally renders the seed unable to grow (in accordance with US law).
HempNut is the best source of the essential fatty acids Omega-3 Linolenic Acid and Omega-6 Linoleic Acid, as well as Gamma-Linoleic Acid. While most foods have little if any, HempNut is over 36% essential fatty acids, and in "Nature's perfect balance" (1:3). It contains 31% complete and highly-digestible protein (second only to soybean), and is high in vitamins and minerals. And when a t the natural food store, ask for our fine HempNut products: Peanut Butter, Lip Balm, Oil, Cheese, Veggie Burger, Chocolate, Energy Bars, and more!
Concurrent histories of the diesel engine and biofuels are necessary to understand the foundation for today's perception of biofuels, and in particular biodiesel.
History of biofuel is more political and economical than technological. The process for making fuel from biomass feedstock used in the 1800's is basically the same one used today. It was the influences of the industrial magnates during the 1920's and 1930's on both the politics and economics of that era which has clouded our understanding of biofuels today.
Almost any biomass material can be converted to create methanol or ethanol, and these fuels burn cleanly with less carbon monoxide and higher octane. In fact, the diesel engine was invented to burn fuel from agricultural waste yet ended up burning unrefined petroleum. Hempseed oil can also be refined to produce a type of hemp biofuel.
Deforestation is considered by many to be one of the most serious and dangerous practices in the world today. We are destroying the very source of our oxygen and bio-diversity to pump out, amongst other things, daily newspapers which continue to lie to the public about many things, from world wars, to the benefits of using hemp as a sustainable crop.
If today is a typical day on planet Earth, 116 square miles of rainforest will be lost (about an acre a second) and we will lose another 72 square miles to encroaching deserts, as a result of human mismanagement and overpopulation.
What is THTC?
Our mission is simple - to support organic farming, reduce agricultural chemical use, encourage ethical trade, save water and to create a buzz around activism.
THTC is not just a brand. THTC is an extended family of talented musicians, poets, actors, dancers and activists. If you've ever bought or worn a THTC t-shirt you are helping to spread our message and we thank you. THTC fam, you know who you are!!