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Weecos Sustainability Stamps

Shop according to your values! Weecos offers, among the first ones in the world, the possibility to filter products according to your values. Get to know more of the criteria of our sustainability stamps.

CERTIFIED MATERIALS

This product or the materials used are certified. Certificates tell about the product’s or the material’s features or manufacturing process. The brands who have chosen this stamp, tell more about the certification in their products. As certifications cost, brands don’t necessarily have them even though they are eligible for one. However, the absence of a certificate does not mean that the company would not manufacture its products responsibly. This is ensured by Weecos auditing, which the brand must pass before opening a shop in Weecos.

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CONFIRMED SUPPLIERS

The brand is aware of both human’s and animal’s production conditions. The whole production chain’s traceability rarely possible but the brands are willing to trace and open their production as far as possible. This stamp does not require that the brand knows the exact location of the its raw material, such as a cotton field or a sheep farm. Instead, the stamp guarantees that the brand knows the production conditions of its product from the point of view of human and animal rights.

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FAIRTRADE

The product carries the Fairtrade Mark meaning that the producers and traders have met Fairtrade Standards. The product is either entirely made from raw materials purchased from Fairtrade producers or all the ingredients in the product that are available as Fairtrade raw materials are Fairtrade raw materials. The Fairtrade Standards are designed to address the imbalance of power in trading relationships, unstable markets and the injustices of conventional trade. The Fairtrade certification is property of Fairtrade International. The trademark is internationally registered as a trademark (EU no. 009426172). The mark may not be changed, copied or imitated. Weecos has been authorized to use the trademark from Fairtrade Finland. More about Fairtrade can be read here.

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HAND-MADE

Special skills are required in the manufacturing of this hand-made product. The product cannot be mass-produced as it would lose the craftsman’s unique style. Special expertise is required when making, for instance, precious metal jewelry, hand-painted textiles, glass blowing, leather-made accessories and hand-printed tights.

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LOCAL PRODUCTION

The production and manufacturing take place as close as possible to the location of the brand or in its home country. Local production supports domestic labor and saves resources, for example from the point of view of logistics. Local production allows a closer control of the product quality and working conditions.

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MADE IN EU

The product has been manufactured in the EU area. Manufacturers follow EU legislation, for example, in the use of chemicals. The label made in on clothing and textiles tells you where the last significant part of the product was made. For garments it usually means the place where the garment is sewn. It is voluntary to put the made in label to products. However, it is obligatory to put the name of the manufacturer or importer of the product in textiles and clothing.

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MADE IN FINLAND

The product has been manufactured in Finland. For example, for garments it means that they have been cut and sewn in Finland. The material’s country of origin, however, can be some other than Finland. It is voluntary to put the made in label to products. However, it is obligatory to put the name of the manufacturer or importer of the product in textiles and clothing.

Other labels for Finnish work also exist. For instance, the Association for Finnish Work can award products with the Key Flag label and Design from Finland label. In order to get the Key Flag, the domestic content of a product or service must be at least 50 %. This means that the raw materials, for instance, can come all around the world but the manufacturing happens in Finland. Design from Finland label tells that the product or service was designed in Finland. Production can be either in Finland or abroad.

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MADE IN SWEDEN

The product has been manufactured in Sweden. For example, for garments it means that they have been cut and sewn in Sweden. The material’s country of origin, however, can be some other than Sweden. It is voluntary to put the made in label to products. However, it is obligatory to put the name of the manufacturer or importer of the product in textiles and clothing.

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MADE TO ORDER

Manufactured or made to measure according to the customer's order. The brand starts making the product when the order is received. In some cases, the product can be partly customized according to the customer’s wishes meaning that there are different predetermined alternatives to choose from or changes in measurements can be made. In other cases, the product can be wholly made according to the customer’s wishes and measurements. Furniture and jewelry can be customized with your choice of color, measurements or other details agreed with the designer. The made to order process reduces overproduction as the product is manufactured only on demand. The pieces, which are specially designed and customized for the customer do not have an exchange or return right unless agreed otherwise with the designer. Also, the fabrics that have been cut according to your wishes cannot be returned. Products made in pre-order campaigns have a normal 14 days exchange and return right.

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NATURAL MATERIALS

Natural materials can be divided into materials of soil, plant and animal origin. Soil-based materials include stone, sand and clay. Plant-based materials are, for example, wood and straw, and plant-based fibers include cotton, linen and nettle. Animal-based materials include leather, bone, fur, feather, down and wool. Plant-based fibers are made from different parts of the plant, such as stems and leaves. Also, artificial fibers can be made from natural raw materials, such as wood pulp and bamboo. However, due to the industrial chemical process wood pulp and bamboo face, they are not considered as artificial fibers.

The plant-based fibers are divided into fibers of trunk, seed, leaf and fruit. Also, different trees, jute and cotton-grass are plant-based fibers. Animal-based fibers include wool, alpaca, angora, mohair and silk.

Synthetic sewing yarns guarantee long-lasting seams and details in garments, so they are approved under this stamp. The product may have zippers, buttons or rubber bands, which are necessary for the product's usability. Also, surgical/jewellery steel is accepted. No elastane is accepted under this stamp.

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NO-PLASTIC

The product does not contain plastic. Plastics are considered synthetic polymers, such as acrylic, elastane, polyester, polythene, polyamide, polyurethane, silicone or glue. However, polyester sewing yarns might be used as they guarantee long-lasting seams and details in garments. Therefore, they are approved under this stamp.

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ORGANIC

In organic production, only methods that are not harmful to humans, animals, plants or the environment are used. Organic farming requires more effort, but it burdens the soil less, keeps groundwaters clean and protects the biodiversity in the long run. Organic farming is based on crop rotation, which means that several different species can be grown on the same field. Workers do not have to deal with toxic substances since neither synthetic fertilizers nor pesticides are used in organic farming. Instead, natural methods are used in fertilizing and preventing diseases. For instance, animal manure has been used for centuries as a fertilizer. Organic farmers must follow strict environmental and social responsibility standards and many of them have a certificate to ensure this. For example, the GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certificate on a shirt or a tablecloth guarantees that at least 95 % of organic fibers are used. In addition to cotton, typical organic raw materials include silk, wool, linen and hemp. Also, leather and fur can be organic materials. In these cases, the animals have lived in the wild and have been run over by a car or hunted due to population control.

Organic cosmetics differs from natural cosmetics. In natural cosmetics, natural and/or organic raw materials are used. The cosmetics, which contain at least 95 % of organic ingredients are considered to be organic cosmetics. Therefore, natural cosmetics are not necessarily organic cosmetics. In natural cosmetics, ingredients of animal origin are allowed if the production has happened with decent animal treatment. Natural cosmetics do not include plastics, synthetic fragrances, dyes or preservatives, oil-based raw materials or synthetic UV filters. Certified natural cosmetics ensure that raw materials or the final products have never been tested on animals.

The EU defines organic production requirements with legislation. In Finland, organic producers are supervised by Evira.

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RECYCLED RAW MATERIAL

This stamp is given to those products, in which at least 30 % of upcycled fibers are utilized. The fibers can be upcycled as new raw materials from both end-consumers or industrial surplus. The utilization of existing materials saves energy, water and other natural resources.

For instance, new nylon yarn can be made from old fishnets and then used again in clothing. Also, polyester and cotton can be upcycled as new fibers and fabrics. Prescious metals, such as gold and silver, are almost always recycled raw materials.

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REPAIR SERVICE

The brand provides an option to repair this item. The repair terms vary by brand or must be agreed separately with the brand.

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SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

In order to get this stamp, the brand has a special emphasis on social responsibility. The brand can be a social enterprise or support some kind of development co-operation or a specific non- governmental organization. The brand can also support a selected target with a continuous donation.  The donation can go, for example, to the education of women and children in developing countries or supporting entrepreneurs. The donation can go to a specific target, such as supporting Women’s Line or to the Baltic Sea’s protection. The brands tell more about their social responsibility in their products and shops. Notice that this stamp differs from Confirmed suppliers -stamp. Confirmed suppliers is a stamp every product in Weecos should get as the stamp guarantees that the brand knows the production conditions of its product from the point of view of human and animal rights.

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UNIQUE PIECE

The product is unique. This means that it has no equivalents and that its characteristics are one-off and cannot be copied as such.

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UPCYCLED POST-CONSUMER WASTE

In products that have this stamp, at least 30 % of it utilizes materials collected from consumers. This means that existing materials are used in a new context or turned into new products instead of disposal. Upcycled post-consumer waste can be, for instance, clothes, leather, wood or precious metals. The use of existing materials saves energy, water and natural resources. As post-consumer waste is considered the materials or clothes, which are removed by the end-consumer. For example, a pile of jeans can be modified into an evening dress or a leather jacket can get a new life as a bag.

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UPCYCLED PRE-CONSUMER WASTE

Industrial surplus materials, also known as pre-consumer waste, are those materials that were created during the manufacturing process but couldn’t be used or those materials that were discarded before ending up for the consumer to use. In the textile industry, such materials are, for instance, cutting waste, flawed fabrics or the ends of fabrics. Leftover materials are also created in the construction and furniture industry.

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VEGAN

Vegan means non-animal origin. Vegan products are plant-origin textiles and synthetically produced materials. In cosmetics, the vegan symbol means that no raw materials of animal origin are used. Typical vegan materials include cotton, hemp, linen, synthetic materials, plastic and artificial leather or leatherette. Vegan products do not include silk, fur, wool, leather or feathers.

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WEECOS FOR PRIDE

From every Weecos for Pride product sold, the brand donates at least 10% to Seta ry. The brand may have defined a higher donation percentage for the product. The specific donation percentage is shown in the product text. In addition, Weecos donates 1€ for each Weecos for Pride product sold to Seta.

Seta – LGBTI Rights in Finland is a national human rights NGO. Seta aims for a society of equality and individual welfare that includes everyone regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Seta has been working for the human rights of gender and sexual minorities already for 45 years, and Seta has 28 member organizations from Lapland to Åland Islands. Seta's work and activities are based on human rights and self-determination. Other key issues are the well-being of LGBTI children, youth and seniors, equal family law and combating homophobia, biphobia and transphobia.

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