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our sustainable story

ethical & organic philosophy

We don’t believe anyone who is truly aware of what is going on in the world would want to turn their backs and support a slave trade economy.

Being into clothes we decided to do something about it. Certified organic, fair trade clothing that is ethically and sustainably made from seed to garment. Thank you for believing in what we do.

GOTS organic cotton

“The World Health Organisation estimates that 20,000 people a year die in developing countries from pesticide poisoning, and a further 3 million people suffer chronic health problems”.

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified clothing ensures its organic status with strict compliance to environmental and social guidelines in all the processes involved in textile processing. We aim to have as many GOTS certified fabrics in our collection as possible, choosing quality over quantity. Every season, this is quite a challenge. But not impossible.

GOTS license

modal fabrics

Modal is wear resistant and can be machine washed and tumble dried without shrinking or getting pulled out of shape. It performs much like cotton and can be mercerized for increased strength and luster. And last but not least, it’s SUPER SOFT.

Modal is about fifty percent more water absorbent per unit volume than cotton. It’s designed to dye just like cotton and is color-fast when washed in warm water. Textiles made from modal are resistant to shrinkage, fading and graying. Modal is made from sustainably harvested beech trees and the company uses an environmentally friendly bleaching method for pulp.

fair trade

The factories in Turkey, Portugal & China, where most of CarlijnQ garments are made have the following benefits:

Only works with certified organic cotton. All fabric is dyed using Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS) approved dyes which are free of hazardous elements. Employees receive a living wage, and the factory pays for their social security and pension funds. Employees receive paid holiday leave, sick pay, medical insurance and overtime pay. Employees work in a well lit, well ventilated and spacious working environment.

recycled polyester

Recycled polyester, also known as rPET, is obtained by melting down existing plastic and re-spinning it into new polyester fiber. Recycled polyester gives a second life to a material that’s not biodegradable and would otherwise end up in landfill or the ocean.

Our swimwear, backpacks & wintersets are made from recycled polyester. These items are made in Turkey and China.

biodegradable & compostable bags

We can proudly say with 100% certainty that our polybags & postal bags are made of completely plastic-free materials. No recycled plastic, which is residual waste (and not that good for the environment), but bio-based, compostable! How cool is that!

all our bags are certified by the highest standards (you can check the certification logo's on the bags for reference).