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THE PROS:

Synergy Organic Clothing’s garment hang tags tell the brand story and give information to the consumer about how each piece is made.

Synergy Organic Clothing reports that its raw materials supplier in India is GOTS certified, its Nepal manufacturer is GOTS certified, and its US Headquarters and distribution centre is GOTS certified, meaning its supply chain is certified from start to finish.

Synergy Organic Clothing states that it follows fair trade guidelines and advocates for higher salaries for its employees in Nepal, promotes higher social and environmental standards, and does not hire child labor. The brand says its employees receive generous work breaks that include afternoon tea. We don’t have any information about the specifics of these fair trade guidelines. The brand reports it is currently working towards Fairtrade Certification.

THE CONS:

We don’t have any information on policies and strategies the brand has to manage waste and recycling during production.

/ Synergy Organic Clothing is a vertically integrated manufacturer, distributor and retailer.

/ Synergy Organic Clothing’s mission is to provide financial empowerment and opportunity for people in Nepal, particularly for women, so they can have more opportunity and freedom in their lives.

/ Synergy Organic Clothing sells its products via it’s e-commerce website, 3 retail locations in the Santa Cruz / Bay Area, and through more than 1,000 wholesale accounts.

/ Synergy Organic Clothing employs 40 stitchers in Nepal.

/ The brand reports it produces clothing its customers can wear for years.

/ Synergy Organic Clothing’s garment hang tags tell the brand story and give information to the consumer about how each piece is made.

/ The brand shares the names and details of some of the artisans who work in its Synergy Applique Program on its blog.

/ Synergy Organic Clothing uses 2 GOTS certified factories to manufacture its clothing in Nepal and India.

/ The brand’s garments are made from GOTS certified organic cotton which is grown and loomed in India.

/ Synergy Organic Clothing reports that its raw materials supplier in India is GOTS certified, its Nepal manufacturer is GOTS certified, and its US Headquarters and distribution centre is GOTS certified, meaning its supply chain is certified from start to finish.

/ The brand reports that from its warehouse in Santa Cruz, to its factories in Nepal and India, everyone who works for Synergy Organic Clothing is paid a living wage.

/ Synergy Organic Clothing’s raw materials supplier in India is GOTS certified, its Nepal manufacturer is GOTS certified, and its US Headquarters and distribution centre is GOTS certified, meaning its supply chain is certified from start to finish.

/ Through the Synergy Applique Program, the brand’s appliques are hand-sewn by artisans in Nepal, who have the opportunity to take their work home with them, work at their own pace, care for their families, and earn a living wage. The brand reports that all its garments are made in accordance with fair trade practices and that it makes annual visits to Nepal in order to maintain a close relationship with these workers.

/ Synergy Organic Clothing states that it follows fair trade guidelines and advocates for higher salaries for its employees in Nepal, promotes higher social and environmental standards, and does not hire child labor. The brand says its employees receive generous work breaks that include afternoon tea. We don’t have any information about the specifics of these fair trade guidelines. The brand reports it is currently working towards Fairtrade Certification.

/ The brand reports that all of its factories are regularly inspected and certified to GOTS social criteria, including no forced labor and no child labor.

/ The brand states that its raw materials supplier in India is GOTS certified, its Nepal manufacturer is GOTS certified, and its US Headquarters and distribution centre is GOTS certified, meaning its supply chain is certified from start to finish.

/ Synergy Organic Clothing’s garments are made from GOTS certified organic cotton which is grown and loomed in India.

/ The brand reports that one of the factories it uses has a solar policy.

/ Synergy Organic Clothing’s GOTS Certification means that the use of hazardous chemicals is prohibited and all wastewater is treated, protecting workers and their water supplies.

/ The brand reports that all of its fabrics are GOTS certified and dyed with low impact dyes which have a high absorption rate, thereby decreasing the use of rinse water and producing less waste.

/ Through the Synergy Applique Program, the brand’s appliques are hand-sewn by artisans in Nepal, who have the opportunity to take their work home with them, work at their own pace, care for their families, and earn a living wage. The brand reports that all its garments are made in accordance with Fair Trade practices and that it makes annual visits to Nepal in order to maintain a close relationship with these workers.

/ Synergy Organic Clothing states that it is currently working towards Fairtrade Certification.

/ The brand reports it works to keep its carbon footprint as low as possible.

/ Through the Synergy Applique Program, the brand’s appliques are hand-sewn by artisans in Nepal, who have the opportunity to take their work home with them, work at their own pace, care for their families, and earn a living wage. The brand reports that all its garments are made in accordance with fair trade practices and that it makes annual visits to Nepal in order to maintain a close relationship with these workers.

 

/ Synergy Organic Clothing reports that each year it donates to not for profit organizations with a focus of schools and women’s programs.

/ The brand states that it sponsored the Santa Cruz Soccer Camp, a summer camp that encourages kids to get outside and be active.

/ For one week after the Nepal earthquake in 2015, Synergy Organic Clothing pledged to donate 20% of all revenue to efforts providing direct relief to the people of Nepal, starting by donating funds to both Seva and Karuna Shechen. The brand also encouraged its customers to make their own personal donations.

/ Synergy Organic Clothing works with the Water Wheel Foundation by promoting its causes, donating gift certificates, and helping to design some of its clothing.

/ The brand was founded in 1996 by Kate Fisher. In 2006 she partnered with her husband Henry Schwab to grow and expand the business. Synergy Organic Clothing is owned and operated by the Fisher-Schwab family.

/ Synergy Organic Clothing is a certified Green America business, a social and environmental certification recognising businesses that are committed to using business to create social change, and a member of the Monterey Bay Green Business Program.

/ We don’t have any information on how much the CEO made in the last financial year.

/ There are no reported management scandals or issues.

/ The brand collaborates with local artists to create screen print and stitched designs.

/ The brand is a certified Green America business, a social and environmental certification recognising businesses that are committed to using business to create social change, and a member of the Monterey Bay Green Business Program.

/ The brand reports that its raw materials supplier in India is GOTS certified, its Nepal manufacturer is GOTS certified, and its US Headquarters and distribution centre is GOTS certified, meaning its supply chain is certified from start to finish.

/ Synergy Organic Clothing’s garment hang tags tell the brand story and give information to the consumer about how each piece is made.

/ Through the Synergy Applique Program, the brand’s appliques are hand-sewn by artisans in Nepal, who have the opportunity to take their work home with them, work at their own pace, care for their families, and earn a living wage. The brand reports that all its garments are made in accordance with fair trade practices and that it makes annual visits to Nepal in order to maintain a close relationship with these workers.

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CHELSEA GURNOE, MARKETING DIRECTOR | EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE WITH PROJECT JUST

We are quite transparent as a company. We are proud of where Synergy comes from so it isn’t something we hide.” – 08/2016

“One of the main goals for Synergy is to create a sustainable, eco-friendly alternative to fast fashion.” – 08/2016

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