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Ever wondered what recycled polyester is? Or organic linen? Find the facts in our glossary.
Alpaca: In the Peruvian highlands Alpacas live in perfect harmony with people and nature. Adapted to the harsh nature with big temperature fluctuations, they survive on a minimal diet. Alpaca is indeed a sustainable fibre – you find Alpacas in 20 different colours, so no additional colouring is needed. Alpaca was a very important fibre in the early days of Jackpot and is a big part of the Jackpot heritage.
BSCI: Business Social Compliance Initiative. A standard for sustainable clothing production used by Jackpot /ICC. BSCI is recognised worldwide. Chetna cooperation: Chetna is an association of 8,000 farmers who grow cotton on a smaller scale in India. What they have in common is that they have all converted into organic farming. The Chetna coop helps farmers with know-how and advice.
Cotton in conversion: Jackpot purchases organic cotton and “cotton in conversion” from Chetna farmers. Cotton in conversion is organically-grown cotton from fields that will get the organic stamp of approval after three years of organic farming. It ‘s very important to buy this organically grown cotton and support the farmers in this transition phases so they don’t return to conventional farming methods. During the transition crop yields are significantly lower than from conventional cotton production, and farmers have difficulties selling cotton that has not yet been certified as 100% organic. Therefore our support in this period is vital.
CSR: Corporate Social Responsibility. Companies throughout the world are starting to take better care of people and nature. Donation policy: Jackpot has a Donation Policy that clearly states how and to whom we donate. We donate to the societies and people who make our organic garments – in the farming as well as the production phase.
Fair pricing: Jackpot Organic ensures that the Chetna farmers get the price set by FLO for the organic cotton.
Fertilizers: In organic farming only natural fertilizers such as cow dung can be used. In conventional farming chemical fertilizers are used to make the crops grow faster.
GLP schools: The Gulshan Literacy Program is the name of a project running two schools in Bangladesh. The donations from Jackpot are raised from the sales of our Organic Donation T-shirts sold throughout Scandinavia and in most of Europe. The first T-shirt raised more than DKK 1 million (approx. €135,000). The money goes to new teaching materials, school uniforms, construction of a new school, nurses, property rentals and teachers’ salaries. Jackpot Organic also made it possible to expand teaching to the 7th and 8th grades.
GMO: A genetically modified organism (GMO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. GMO seeds are not allowed in organic farming.
G.O.T.S.: Global Organic Textile Standard. Just like with foods, there is more than one kind of certification to verify a product is organic. For this reason, Jackpot Organic is working toward G.O.T.S. certification for our organic styles as it meets a wide range of requirements for production processes such as dyeing and printing fabric in a way that is significantly less harmful than conventinal means.
MADE-BY: MADE-BY from the Netherlands is an independent consumer label for fashion companies who continuously improve their sustainable work and act transparently regarding social, economic and ecological conditions in the entire process of creating their collections. Jackpot has successfully worked together with MADE -BY since 2007. Jackpot’s managing director is now in the board of MADE -BY working to set the sustainability bar even higher.
Organic cotton: Organic cotton is grown without chemical fertilizers or chemical pesticides, and causes no harm the environment or the farmers. Organic agriculture improves the daily lives of poor cotton farmers in many ways.
Organic linen: Jackpot Organic began using organic linen in 2009. The organic linen comes from Mongolia and is processed in China.
Pesticides: Pesticides are used to kill bugs and other vermin that eat the crops. In organic farming only natural pesticides can be used, and the farmers have an old technique from the time before chemical pesticides: They lay the fluid in a “bug-catching system in the fields.”
Production process: The cotton in our garments has been on a long journey: from farmer to cotton gin (for cleaning), from the gin to the weaving mill, from the weaver to the dyeing mill (for colour and prints and from the dyeing mill to the sewing factory where our collections are produced.
Recycled polyester: As recycling is one of the most environment-friendly means of production right now, it was a natural step for Jackpot Organic to start using recycled polyester. There are two ways of recycling polyester: recycling industrial waste from yarn production or recycling plastic bottles. Jackpot Organic uses both methods.
Recycled wool blend: We use recycled wool from textile waste. Recycling is one of the most environment-friendly means of production right now. Recycled materials help protect our planet and the natural resources.
SA8000: SA8000 Social Accountability International. The highest standard in the world of sustainable clothing production. Jackpot uses SA8000 as well as BSCI.
Solidaridad: A Dutch NGO working in Chetna, where a number of biologists, agronomists and other specialists help Chetna farmers to convert to organic farming. Jackpot works closely together with Solidaridad when allocating the donations.
Sustainable clothing production: The production of clothing at factories where social conditions meets the standards set by industrialized countries. Focus is on: child labour, forced labour, health and safety, rights to organize labour, discrimination, punishment, working hours and wages.
Sustainable clothing certifications SA8000 and BSCI: Several kinds of certification and monitoring systems are represented to ensure the sustainability of production sites. Jackpot Organic production sites meet requirements of two different certifications: SA8000 and BSCI. BSCI is a code of conduct preparing suppliers for SA8000 certification. The two certificates are not identical, but complement each other to ensure the highest levels of sustainability at production sites.
Tencel from Lenzing: Tencel from Lenzing is a wood fibre produced with special care for the environment. Tencel is made mainly from Eucalyptus wood from certified plantations. Tencel is very soft and comfortable to wear.
Transparency: Letting our customers know everything about our production processes and hereby opening the discussion and dialogue about sustainability.
Wet processing/colouring: We colour and print our flower motifs in several different wet processing stages. Wet processing is used in the entire process from yarn to garment. Depending on the requirement of the design, different dyeing methods and treatments are used in this process. It can be dyeing of yarns, printing or giving the fabric a special treatment for hand feel, always using less harmful chemicals and making sure that the cleaning of the waste water is done according to legislation.
Women’s self help groups: Women in Chetna are involved in different self help groups – all designed to enhance their skills and give them further possibilities to support their families. Projects such as a tree nursery and sewing classes are supported by Jackpot Organic.
Working conditions: Sustainable clothing certifications guarantee proper working conditions in countries without sufficient legislation.