Verdict: Environmentally Friendly, Ethical, Handmade
Ace & Jig is a women’s clothing line that is hand dyed and woven in India by a group that employs 90% women and offers free childcare.
What they sell: Women’s Clothing, Kid’s Clothing, Accessories
Transparency: Fairly Transparent. All items are made in India by a group that the owners visit and work with hands on, but no information is given on their website about environmental transparency.
What They Are Doing Great:
- Items are hand dyed and woven in India by a group that employs women, offers free childcare, and grows organic vegetables for their staff with reclaimed water.
- Styles are both unique and timeless (incorporating centuries old styling like yarn dyed stripes, etc), making them long time wardrobe staples.
Room for Improvement:
- Many of our standard questions were not answerable from the information available on the Ace & Jig website, so we emailed them (see: below).
Emailed Feb 12 2016 to ask:
- Many of your items are woven from cotton. What steps do you take to ensure that your cotton is grown and processed in an environmentally friendly and ethical manner? (ie. The Better Cotton Initiative, or purchasing organic cotton, or taking steps to ensure raw materials are coming from areas like Uzbekistan)
- You mention that items are hand dyed. Do you use low impact or natural dyes? What steps do you take to ensure that your dying process is not harming the environment or workers?
- Are your workers being paid a living wage/higher than minimum wage in India?
- Do you take measures to reduce the environmental impact of your packaging and marketing materials by using minimal quantities, recycled or biodegradable materials, and eco-friendly inks?
- Do you track and make goals to reduce electricity, natural gas and water consumption in your supply chain and in your own offices and shipping locations?