We believe in transparency. So here a look behind the scenes of our partner factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh. We produce in Bangladesh and India trough our own sustainable production agency: the Honest Agency.

If you have any questions or comments on our production process: we're happy to talk!! Please reach out to us via e-mail, social media. Honest Answers is every Wednesday on the Instagram Stories.

Seamstress in the sewing line.

Seamstress in the t-shirt line

 A sewing-line in action. Each person does one step, together they sew a full garment.

At the end of each line, two quality controllers check each individual garments. They especially check if crucial operations (like sleeve setting) were done correctly. If they find any mistakes a garment is sent back into the line to be repaired. This is a part of the quality control process that makes sure you receive high quality garments.

Quality controllers in factory

Here you see two controllers checking the key-measurements of Honest Basics production. Also here: if they find mistakes the pieces are repaired immediately.

Measurements controlling

Our plastic-free packaging was developed in cooperation with the factory. Here two examples of women packing Honest Basics t-shirts. The unpacking is done by you at home :).

Applying plastic free packaging 1Applying plastic free packaging 2

Fabric cutting is always done with a metal glove, to protect the workers hands and fingers.

Fabric cutting with metal glove

Before fabric can be cut, it needs to be lain carefully layer upon layer. This is teamwork!

Fabric layering before cutting

On each floor posters with workers rights and code of conducts are published clearly for everyone to see. This is done in cooperation with Amfori BSCI.

Amfar BSCI workers right poster

Did you know that GOTS-certified goods have to be produced in complete separation from "normal" production? In the factory you can see exactly where it is allowed to produce GOTS-garments and where not.

GOTS-certified production

Our partner-factory is vertically integrated, this means they also knit and dye the fabrics for our garments in a separate facility. This facility is of course also GOTS-certified. For the knitting and dyeing of fabrics you need large machines, so you can see that the set-up here is different than in the sewing factory.

Washing and dyeing hall overview 1

Washing and dyeing hall overview 1

Washing and dyeing of fabrics is still quite "thirsty" in terms of water and energy consumption. The picture shows non-GOTS production for another brand. Our GOTS-production is better than the normal production. Because of less washing and because less chemicals are allowed to be used. But as you can see from the picture there is still a lot of room for improvement in the process.

Washing of t-shirt fabric industrial

Some cones with yarns, waiting to be knitted into a beautiful new fabric.

If you came this far, thanks for reading until the end :)... We are as always open for questions and feedback!!

Yarn cones before knitting