MBDC is proud to announce that its partnership with Ramblers Way, launched by Tom Chappell, Founder and CEO of Tom’s of Maine, has resulted in the first Cradle to Cradle Certified™ wool clothing line. The line includes 16 organic and unique styles certified at the SILVER level.
“We’re extremely proud to receive C2C certification for our organic wool clothing items, which serves as further proof that high-quality clothing can be made in harmony with nature,” said Tom Chappell, founder and CEO. “At the same time, this certification offers ongoing opportunity for Ramblers Way to continue improving and innovating, so we can create clothing that meets the lifestyle needs of conscious consumers.”
The certification applies to all Ramblers Way clothing that is also certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), which is a similarly rigorous, and complementary, system. To meet both C2C and GOTS standards, all certified items must make use of organic wool fiber that is custom processed in approved facilities in Europe and the United States. Unlike most conventional wools, Ramblers Way wool is never subjected to an acid bath nor coated with polyacrylic acid.
“Ramblers Way has set a new benchmark for clothing companies around the world,” said William McDonough, Co-Founder of MBDC, the originators of the Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Program. “As the first company to launch a full line of Cradle to Cradle Certified™ organic wool garments, Tom Chappell and his team have once again demonstrated that size has little to do with might. I think Ramblers Way is an exciting company that surprises and delights by turning its values into value for their customers and all future generations.”
As part of the certification, MBDC also assessed Ramblers Way’s energy and water flows, as well as social fairness. This included visiting their facilities to observe spinning, knitting, cutting, sewing, dyeing and finishing practices.
“Our goal has always been to produce high quality clothing that stays in your wardrobe for years to come, while also meeting and exceeding the highest standards in our industry,” said Nick Armentrout, Supply Chain Director at Ramblers Way. “C2C and GOTS reinforce our commitments to sustainable agricultural, fair social practices, clean water standards, and end of life product requirements – a true circular path from the earth to the earth.”
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