• Micro-credit
  • Ethics
  • Environment

Micro-credit

Nobüro devotes the full amount of every t-shirt sale (displayed price) to micro-credit* through a non-profit organization called Kiva**.

After about 12 months, if there is no default, the money is returned to nobüro (without interest)

Micro-credit is one of the most effective ways available today for alleviating poverty by enabling people to invest in order to develop their activity and increase their family/community income, thereby enabling them to have access to health care if needed as well as keeping their children in school as they don't have to contribute to family income.

By carefully choosing local field partners as well as projects, Kiva** makes sure that there are no abuses from lending institutions and obtains a very low default rate on repayments from borrowers.

*Go to: www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microcredit for a first read about micro-credit

**Go to: www.kiva.org to find out how Kiva works

Ethics

Nobüro only works with companies that meet or exceed the standards of social responsibility as per the Fair Wear foundation.

Continental have won the 'Ethical Corporation 2010' award in the UK. Read more at: www.continentalclothing.com/page/social_responsibility

Environment

Cotton sourcing / Manufacturing

Nobüro only purchases from companies that source cotton and manufacture geographically close to Europe in order to avoid trans-continental transportation of materials and products. This is the reason why I do not use american brands.

Continental Clothing® t-shirts are manufactured in Turkey from cotton sourced in India, Egypt and Turkey. In addition, the company is now totally carbon-neutral.

Read more at: www.continentalclothing.com/page/carbon_footprinting

Packaging

I use only recycled paper for packaging and promotion materials for orders within Switzerland. T-shirts shipped from Berlin are  also sent in fully recycled packaging. However I'm currently using bubble-wrapped envelopes for international shipping from Switzerland as I have not found a supplier of reinforced recycled paper envelopes here (kindly send me an e-mail if you have a solution!)

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