MADE-BY is a not-for-profit organization that works with fashion and textile brands who wants to improve the full lifecycle impact of their collections from raw materials to finished products and beyond. This support from MADE-BY comes in the form of bespoke consultancy services, free-publicly available brand tools and the updated Scorecard system.
IMPS&ELFS products are manufactured in different factories all over the world. Our supplier are our partners with whom we have built up a long and trusted relationship. Though this brings a profitable business to both of us, we do not forget our social responsibilities for everyone, contributing to the success of our brand. We strive to protect the human rights of our employees and our suppliers' employees and customers. We also inspire our suppliers and partners to create awareness for improved working conditions and inspires other factories all over the world.
Producing garments always have an impact on nature. It is a challenge to minimize or prevent those impacts and eliminate the negative ones. IMPS&ELFS’ aim and key focus is to make each and every product meaningful. We try to choose more environment friendly material, yet fashionable. By always being up-to-date with the new technologies and more eco-friendly and fair business choices, we try to do the very best we can do to help the environment. MADE-BY support us to shift to the more sustainable alternatives. MADE-BY benchmarked the fibers in different classes by comparing the environmental impact of the most commonly used fibers in the garment industry. The parameter for the benchmarking selected by them are green house gases, human toxicity (chronic toxicity, reproductive hazards, carcinogenicity etc), eco-toxicity, water input, land used, energy input. To know more about their research and materials (click here).
The production of apparel from raw materials to finished products is a long process. It starts with fibers via spinning, weaving or knitting, bleaching, dyeing, printing, washing, cutting and sewing to a garment. The processes are not only mechanical but they can be considered as chemical intensive and complex. The IMPS&ELFS products that are GOTS certified are produced with a high standard in which all hazardous chemicals are eliminated. IMPS&ELFS has committed itself to develop responsible chemical management procedures for all products, including accessories attached to garments, prints and packaging materials. Imps & Elfs expects the same commitment from its suppliers and have therefore developed a Restricted Substances List (Imps & Elfs RSL 1.0) with the help of Modint another consultancy firm (trade association of manufacturers, importers, agents and wholesalers of clothing, carpet and (interior) textiles.) fashion accessories, to inform all suppliers on all chemicals that are banned or restricted in Imps & Elfs production processes and finished products. The purpose of a Restricted Substances List (RSL) is to reduce the use of hazardous1 substances in the textile and apparel supply chain. Furthermore, IMPS&ELFS follows their own Restricted Substance List (RSL), which we communicate and follow-up with our suppliers. By informing and training them on these chemicals we are aiming to reduce and eliminate the amount of chemicals used in the supply chain of our products.
1. The strictest legal requirements both inside and outside the EU
2. Substances under investigation with no specific legal basis yet
3. Other attention points in requirements from Eco label organizations or are mentioned by NGO’s, like Greenpeace.
In 2015 we will also start with some extra testing, based on our own RSL.
IMPS&ELFS is proud as well , of our product standard certifications and our key focus points include:
- Certifications and standards must always be carefully analyzed and chosen. Assuring our production is safe, healthy and fair;
- We select and monitor all our suppliers on a number of criteria, including environmental aspects, working conditions and product quality;
- Quality is key focus to make every product as good and long lasting as possible;
- Child’s comfort and safety is always our number one focus point;
- Sustainable materials are always prioritized;
- Trends are not followed, we go our own innovative way;
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is recognised as the world's leading processing standard for textiles made from organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. GOTS certified product is made only with GOTS accepted chemical inputs such as dyestuffs, prints and auxiliary agents and therefore meet the requirements of this RSL. To know more about GOTS (click here)
OE 100 Standard (Organic Exchange)
For the GOTS certification, the organic cotton should minimum 70%.
Some fabric does not meet criteria, where the % of the organic cotton is less than 70% and thus not meeting GOTS requirement. In this case we use other standard- OE blended, it is the voluntary standards which maintain the integrity of the organic fiber.
OEKO-TEX® Standard 100
Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is an independent testing and certification system for textile products from all stages of production (fibers, yarns, fabrics, ready-to-use end products, including accessories) along the textile value chain. Almost all our trims are oeko tex certified from all the sources.
Child Safety (EU standard EN14682:2007)
Children’s comfort and safety is our first priority. Our clothes may never form a risk for the users of the product. This is always taken into consideration during the design and development process. This norm aim to minimize the risk of accidental entrapment by cords or drawstrings on children’s clothing and follow the strict recommendation published by: ©2007 Nederlands Normalisatie-instituut in NEN-EN 14682 (en)- Safety of children's clothing - Cords and drawstrings on children's clothing – Specifications. This standard gives an indication of the national accident statistics of the children involving drawstrings, functional cords and, decorative cords on children's clothing fall into two main groups.
- Approximate age range 2 years to 8 years. Entrapment of hood or neck cords in playground equipment such as slides, resulting in strangulation.
- Approximate age range 10 years to 14 years. Entrapment of cords and strings from waist and garment lower edges in moving vehicles such as bus doors, ski lifts and bicycles resulting in severe injuries or death either from being dragged or run over by a vehicle.
IMPS&ELFS collection is always made by following EN1468:2007 and update the new safety norms, as and when it comes into enforcement. That means all the safety parameters are taken for the safety of children in our cloth.
ASTM F 1816-97 Standard Safety Specification for Drawstrings on Children's Upper Outerwear.
IMPS&ELFS products sold and shipped to USA follow the ASTM F 1816-97, which is again dedicated to Drawstrings in children Upper Outerwear. The Commission has determined that hood and neck drawstrings on children's upper outerwear in sizes 2T to 12 or the equivalent present a strangulation hazard that is a substantial product hazard.
CPSC "CERTIFICATION OF CONFORMITY FOR CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY IMPROVEMENT ACT” Every product ship to USA ensure that product is free from any mechanical, chemical, wearing hazard and carry the GCC (General Certificate of Conformity).
BS8510:2009 (Sleeping bag) – BSI British standards- Child use and care articles – Safety of children’s sleep bags – Safety requirements and test methods. Our sleeping bag are made by following the British Standard specifies requirements for the safety of sleep bags for the use of children with a minimum weight of 4 kg designed to provide sufficient warmth so as to remove the need for additional bedding when sleeping in a cot or similar product in which a child is contained.