ethical fashion

What makes us claim that we only sell fair trade products and why do would we?
Let us elaborate down below about our ethical standards and motives!




WHY AND HOW


Why is fair trade one of our main focusses? We care about the people and the planet. We saw with our own eyes  purple man?? ladidadadida. 

Now how do we assure our products are ethically sourced and made? With our own factory bladidadiea

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women empowerment


WOMEN EMPOWERMENT + FAIR TRADE PROJECTS


 

At studio JUX, created by two female entrepreneurs, we simply love projects that make women more independent. Next to the production in our own Nepali factory, we cooperate with other suppliers focused on women empowerment.

Approximately. 15% of the studio JUX collection is hand knitted in a women empowerment project in Nepal. After marriage, most Nepalese women move in with their in-laws and take care of them. It’s not common for these women to have a job. We cooperate with a women empowerment project that offers women the opportunity to hand knit the garments at home.

Our jewellery is also handmade by another women empowerment project. Imagine 20 women sitting in a circle, chatting around a bowl filled with hundreds of beads, crocheting the most amazing bracelets and necklaces.

For our ceramics collection, hand woven items, paper products and rush baskets we cooperate with the Association for Craft Producers (ACP), which is a non-profit fair trade organization. ACP works together with low income craft producers, primarily women, located throughout Nepal. They focus on up-grading existing basic skills through training on the job to unleash the full potential of their workers. As a result these women earn wages to supplement family income and improve the overall standard of living.

 

SAFE + HEALTHY WORKING CONDITIONS


Because fast fashion brands compete for market share, factory workers are required to work overtime in badly managed buildings and poor conditions so they can meet strict deadlines. At studio JUX we consider this unhealthy and unacceptable working conditions. We specifically choose to produce two collections each year, instead of every six weeks. This allows us to offer consumers a fashionable, ethical and sustainable alternative in a demanding market that is under a lot of pressure.

Because we run our own factory in Kathmandu, we can take really good care of our employees and offer them safe and healthy working conditions. This means there is proper furniture and our building and equipment are 100% safe and sound.

The building is inspected yearly and fire and escape routes are checked regularly to guarantee safety. In case we have to work overtime in high season, we work according the ILO principles. This means our employees are free to choose to work overtime or not. If, for example, employees want to work overtime they generate extra income and we ensure they get home safe.

 

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LIVING WAGES + SOCIAL SECURITY

 

As a factory owner, we take good care of our employees and offer living wages and social security. We work according to the International Labour Organization (ILO) principles, which promotes social justice and human and labour rights and believes that world peace can only exist when built on social equality and fairness. To achieve this, the living and labour conditions of all people must be improved.

At studio JUX we offer our employees a contract that includes days off to spend with family and friends and all team members have a steady income that does not depend on the amount of work we generate for them. This means they also get paid when production is low for a particular period, and are still able to pay rent when they’re ill or on maternity leave.

We pay 100% of our employees a living wage which we have calculated on the information of Asia Floor Wage and Fair Wear Foundation Wage Ladder. A living wage is based on family expenses including rent, food, clothing, travel, health, schooling and savings. We have indicated eight different wage levels varying from unskilled, to semi skilled to skilled. For each wage level there is a set of skills. Annually, the employees get to the next level. The minimum wage in Nepal is 8.200 roepies. In 2017, our starting wage is 13.000 roepies + travel + 10% pension + 13th month + social securities. The highest wage is 38.000 roepies + travel + 10% pension + 13th month + social securities. We make sure all wages have a yearly inflation adjustment to keep the living wages on the right level.

Although offering a contract and steady income might sounds like a common thing to do, it is not common at all. Most fashion brands pay per piece (piece rate). Next to contracts, we offer tailored solutions to 60% of our employees including tuition fees, mediation, medical facilities and more. We cooperate with local NGO’s to support our employees in improving their living and housing situation.