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Spreadshirt's Apparel and Material Certifications

Certificates and official seals exist to document criteria like the cultivation and production of cotton as well as the production conditions in which the goods are manufactured (e.g. the absence of lead in children’s items and other matters related to lead or PVC content). Every certificate must be renewed annually. We continually strive to keep up-to-date on the most current information about our more than 30 manufacturers and suppliers.

Here you can find an overview of the certificates, official seals and codices which were presented to us before this page's last update (08/2013). If a manufacturer cannot be found here, this does not mean that this company's products do not have certificates rather that no certificates were presented before this page's most recent update. We ask you to please bear this in mind. If you have any questions regarding the certifications for any of our materials or custom t-shirts, custom hoodies or other personalized apparel, please contact our service team at: 1-800-381-0815.



A4 is committed to insuring that all suppliers meet these workplace criteria. A4 follows the correction action plan (CAP) and enforces it upon each facility they work with in regards to sourcing and production of any of their goods. For further information please visit the A4 website.

American Apparel

This wholesaler from Los Angeles, CA produces exclusively on site - an approach that the company calls “vertically integrated manufacturing.” The wages are significantly higher than the United States’ minimum wage. You can find more information on their website.

Alternative Apparel

As a global company looking inward, outward and all around, we at Alternative Apparel take our responsibility to the community seriously. We are committed to requiring and upholding labor standards and aligning ourselves only with vendors that share the same commitment. For our full list of vendor guidelines and principles please visit our site.

Anico International

Anico International, Inc. is an importer of general merchandise, including plush toys, blankets, pillows, outdoor furniture, socks and slippers. All products offered by Anico conform to all the CPSIA safety laws including fair labor standards.


Anvil supports environmental protection and the ethical treatment of their employees. Measures are taken to ensure that their “employees recognize their environmental and social responsibilities and act accordingly.” You can find more information on their website.

Certificates and official seals: Member of Organic Trade Association & Organic Exchange, WRAP Certified, Corporate signatory to SAI.


The Augusta Sportswear Group (ASG) is committed to insuring that all suppliers meet these workplace criteria. ASG follows the correction action plan (CAP) and enforces it upon each facility they work with in regards to sourcing and production of any of their goods. For further information please visit the Augusta website.


Bella believes in a healthy, balanced lifestyle which minimizes their impact on the environment. You can find more information on their website.

Broder Bros. (Distributor)

Broder Bros., Co. has dedicated itself to being a responsible corporate citizen and holds itself to the highest ethical business standards.  A social accountability statement has been published and enforced for both internal practices and those of their customers, vendors and factories.  They also have a partnership with U.S. Customs & Border Protection in a trade program which is designed to help secure America’s borders and ensure the continued free flow of international trade. Brands carried: Harriton, Big Accessories, Champion, Gildan, Fruit of the Loom, Anvil, Jerzees, Flexfit, Badger. You can find more information on their website.


Champion, a part of Hanesbrands, is proud to have implemented a rigorous set of standards for its company-owned facilities and its suppliers for well over a decade. All suppliers are fully audited before production begins on all products, and annually thereafter. Hanesbrands has also quietly become a leader in energy management and aspires to be an international apparel industry leader in overall environmental responsibility and stewardship. You can find more information on their website.

Certificates and official seals: Member of GSS, FLA, LEED certified operations, CA Transparency Act, Energy Star award recipient in 2010


Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co. assesses the risk of human trafficking and slavery related to the apparel and footwear supply chain. Risk assessment is performed either internally or externally, or both. Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co. conducts code of conduct and supply chain security audits of direct suppliers. We have developed and issued a code of conduct to our direct suppliers. Direct suppliers are evaluated on their compliance of our code through audits. Our audits are generally announced with reserved right of unannounced visits and are performed by either third party or internal auditors, or both. Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co.'s purchasing agreements require all suppliers to comply with applicable laws within the country of business, international standards, and trade regulations regarding human trafficking and slavery. For additional information please visit their homepage.

Eco Bags

All of Eco Bags’ products are manufactured in a socially responsible, fair-wage and fair-labor environment. Eco Bags uses: Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) - SKAL Certified Organic cotton, Recycled cotton, Natural cotton, Hemp-cotton blends, PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) and NWPP (Non-woven Polypropylene) . Eco Bags’ cottons are naturally untreated and unbleached. They strive to offer the most sustainable materials available and their goals are reusability and the use of renewable fiber crops. You can find more information on their website and on their general material information page.

Certificates and official seals: Oeko-tex Standard 100, member of the Organic Trade Association.


Corporate Responsibility is woven into the fabric of econscious. It informs and inspires our business model and our practices every day. We are part of a worldwide movement towards “responsible capitalism,” providing goods and services while embracing the “Three E’s” of sustainability, which are: Ecological Sustainability; Social Equity; and Economic Vitality. The tenets of Corporate Responsibility dictate that we look carefully at the economic impacts of our business. We provide high quality products and services at competitive prices, but we look beyond our financial success. We consider the ethical, legal, and cultural implications of what we do. For more information about Econscious, please visit their website.

Fruit of the Loom

Fruit of the Loom holds a policy against engaging in any unlawful activities and will not buy or sell products or services provided through the use of any illegal or unethical practices.


This supplier is a member of the Fair Labor Association and runs biological wastewater treatment systems for two textile facilities in Honduras and the Dominican Republic. Gildan commits itself to “sustainable development, progressive hiring and employment practices, first-class working conditions, community involvement and support, compliance with environmental laws and regulations, and continuing constructive dialogue with NGOs and all stakeholders in our corporate citizenship program.” You can find more information on their website.

Certificates and official seals: Oeko-tex Standard 100


Hanes has a Hanesbrands' Core Values which includes their Integrity/Ethical Standards. They also have an employee code of conduct and a supplier code of conduct: the Global Standards for Suppliers. You can find more information on their website.

Heritage Sportswear (Distributor)

Heritage Sportswear was established in 1982 and is the Midwest's largest independent distributor of blank apparel and accessories. Based in Hebron, Ohio, the company is adistributor of more than 47 retail and wholesale brands including: Sierra Pacific, Robinson Apparel, Boxxerz,Liberty Bags, Hanes, Anvil, Gildan, Fruit of the Loom, Trecento, Liberty Bags. You can find more information on their website.


Russell Corporation (Jerzees’ parent company) takes its responsibilities seriously and believes that “being a good corporate citizen starts with being a good employer.” Russell continually reviews its policies, procedures and benefits to ensure that what it provides its employees is fair and supports both the business and the employees' needs. You can find more information on the Russell brand website.

Joto Paper

Joto has become a leader in providing sublimation printing systems, sublimation inks and sublimation blanks for all levels of users. Committed to offering the highest quality of products and services to our customers, Joto is continually looking for new products and decoration solutions that can help our customers grow their businesses. Joto’s blanks have been tested and certified by the Oeko-tex Standard against harmful substances. Supplier of mugs, water bottles, and phone and tablet covers and cases.

LAT Sportswear/Rabbit Skins

LAT Sportswear has complied with all aspects of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 passed by Congress. LAT is also committed to requiring and upholding fair labor standards and practices. You can find more information on their website and on their certificate page.

MV Sport

MV Sport is committed to conducting its business affairs in a socially responsible manner consistent with rules and regulations of the U.S. Department of Labor. MV Sport expects nothing less of its business partners. Therefore, MV Sport will not do business with those who engage in business practices or follow work place standards inconsistent with this Code of Conduct. For a full listing of standards and compliances visit the website.

Next Level

The company expects these same commitments to be shared by all manufacturers of Next Level Apparel. For a full listing of what is required of manufactures of Next level Apparel merchandise please visit the website. Next Level Apparel is committed to:

  • A standard of excellence in every aspect of the business and in every corner of the world
  • Ethical and responsible conduct in all of the operations
  • Respect for the rights of all individuals
  • Respect for the environment
  • Next Level Homepage


Playback exists to make better clothing in a better way. To make you look and feel better while being Eco-Friendly. To make the Earth a cleaner place. The process is better because of recycling. What is being recycled? Well, anything and everything, as long as the material can be used to make high-quality recycled Eco-Friendly t-shirts and hoodies. That's the key. Playback never treats making better clothes and helping the environment as two separate things. To learn more about the recycling processes and code of conduct please visit the website.

Red Kap

Red Kap knows all about "done right." They’ve been creating comfortable, durable workwear since starting out as a family business back in 1923. The company works hard to ensure that every individual enjoys a clean, safe work environment, free from discrimination and harassment. They believe that workers at supplier facilities have the right to freely choose employment. Red Kap supports the right to fair compensation, the right to associate freely and bargain collectively. You can find more information on their website.


Sol’s - The Fair Spirit. This is the French producer’s mantra, and you have to take them at their word. The textile and bag producer holds a considerable amount of certificates and agreements such as proven and audited textiles, fair trade, environmental protection etc. – way to build trust!

  • Certificates and official seals: Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 , OE 100 , ISO 9001
  • Memberships: WRAP , Fairtrade , IFTH , 2FPCO , CGI
  • : Sol's Europe Homepage


Our Swiss partner Switcher is a reputable and experienced collaborator for the production of our Spreadshirt branded products. Switcher is member of the Fair Wear Foundation, and this is why they are able to provide a network of high-quality manufacturers. Every t-shirt holds a DNA code that makes it possible to trace every stage of the manufacturing process. You can follow how your t-shirt was made on as well the quality seals which your product holds. Speaking of certificates: All products from our collection carry the the OEKO-TEX® seal. This means that they meet the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, which verifies economical, environmental and social compatibility.

  • Certificates and official seals: Oeko-Tex® Standard 100
  • Memberships: Fair Wear Foundation


Tultex brand offered by major retailer Kohl's is monitored by the CAP (Corrective Action Plan) which is used to summarize the factory monitoring and document all key points including labor laws, working hours, factory safety and monitoring.


Yupoong, Inc. and its subsidiaries recognize the dignity of each employee and respect their rights including the right to free association and collective bargaining. Yupoong consistently works to create better workplace and working conditions for their employees. Based on this general policy, Yupoong developed labor standards which comply with all applicable laws, behavioral codes of their clients and international standards for implementation of the Factories.


Printing Materials

Joto Paper (Manufacturer of flex and flock foils)

Joto’s printable textile films have been tested and certified by the Oeko-tex Standard against harmful substances.

Certificates and official seals: Oeko-tex Standard 100


Specialty Materials (Manufacturer of flex and flock foils)

Specialty Materials' printable textile films have been tested and certified by the Oeko-tex Standard against harmful substances.

Certificates and official seals: Oeko-tex Standard 100


Digital Direct

Apparel printed with Digital Direct fully conforms with the Oeko-tex standard, as long as the unprinted apparel is also Oeko-tex certified.

Every supplier in the Spreadshirt apparel assortment was recently contacted and asked to present their own code of conduct, or to sign Spreadshirt's code of conduct and present any certificates and official seals that they may have. We will update this document as soon as additional information is collected.


Version: 08/2013

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