Making slow fashion long before it was cool, The White T-Shirt Co offers customers a shopping experience with transparency and a conscience, honouring the people, skills, time and natural resources involved in making their organic cotton t-shirts. The Times have called their product “the perfect white t-shirt”. In 2019 The White T-shirt Co won the Most Sustainable Menswear category in the inaugural Buy Me Once awards.

Founder

The company was founded by Penny Jones, following her search for that elusive perfect white t-shirt. To her, this meant a classic, timeless  made without compromising on quality, style or ethics. After a career in design in London, Penny moved back to the North East to raise her family – this is where The White T-Shirt Co was born. To create her perfect t-shirt, Penny travelled to Denmark to meet Green Cotton, the first company in the world to go organic back in the 80s. With a shared goal, they designed and refined their garments to create enduring, must-have basics that fit beautifully into everyone’s wardrobe.

"Clean and crisp designs which are oh-so soft, yet durable enough that you can wear them on repeat. Versatile, simple designs, which are ideal wardrobe staples to build a capsule wardrobe around. No matter your personal style, these are timeless essentials you can wear in an abundance of different ways, season to season."

Materials

The company's designs are made from long staple organic cotton, including labels. The only additional element is recycled polyester which is blended with organic cotton for thread, which adds strength to the material and makes the product last longer.

Production

The life of your t-shirt begins in the cotton fields of Turkey, where the company's exclusive organic cotton is grown, hand-picked, ginned, spun and knitted into fabric by yarn-producing company Sanko. The cotton is then transported over the border to Green Cottons stitching facility in Lviv. Subsequently, the t-shirts are produced in-house by The White T-Shirt Co's award-winning partner Green Cotton.

To help offset and balance the transportation of the t-shirts from Europe, The White T-Shirt Co invest in ‘carbon credits’ with the Carbon Forest , who are based in the North East Of England. These credits contribute to the creation of UK woodland and ecology projects, which will help sequester greenhouse gases from the atmosphere in years to come.

People

All t-shirts are certified by GOTS [Global Organic Textile Standard], to ensure independent verification that the strict quality, environment and social standards set by the award have been met. These include safe working conditions, no child labour, working hours and wage protection, which is monitored throughout the supply chain.

Packaging

All t-shirts are sent out wrapped in simple yet beautiful biodegradable packaging.The company has designed their own envelopes, which adapt from single to multiple t-shirts. In these rigid envelopes, your t-shirt arrives beautifully presented, but with minimal cardboard and glue. The boxes are also designed to be used inside out, so if you exchange your t-shirt the company will try and use your original box to minimise waste. All packaging is locally sourced and is either made from recycled materials or from FSC sources.

Animals

The material preferred by the company is organic cotton, which is vegan.

That’s a hard one as ‘best’ is personal! Immaculate Vegan has one of the largest collections of vegan trainers from a wide variety of brands from across the globe. Take a look! Our best sellers come from BeFlamboyant, Humans are Vain, Yatay, Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather, Ration.L and Komrads.

Vegan trainers (and sneakers) are made without the use of any animal materials, such as leather, suede, fur or wool. Vegan shoes are made of a variety of fabrics, traditionally synthetic but increasingly using innovative materials derived from nature with all the properties of leather, such as apple leather, cactus leather and bio-based leather (made from oil derived from cereal crops). Many synthetic trainers are now made using recycled plastics from ocean trash.

That depends on the style and the fabric in question. Canvas trainers are not waterproof, vegan or otherwise. But most of our trainers are water-resistant and some are also waterproof, as well durable and 100% vegan.

The quick answer: yes! But you can make them last longer by taking care of the shoes. Just as you would care for animal-leather trainers, you should look after your vegan leather trainers. With proper care, vegan trainers can last anywhere from two to five years, depending on how much wear and tear they encounter, which is the same as their animal-leather counterparts.

Yes! As far as we are concerned they are.

The British call them trainers, because they can be used for sports or training.

The Americans call them sneakers, presumably because, being soft-soled, they're suitable for sneaking around in!

But to confuse things further, they are also called tennis shoes in the US.

Vegan sandals are made without the use of any animal materials, such as leather, suede, fur or wool. There' a wide variety of materials that can be used to make vegan sandals, including polyurethane (also known as PU), apple leather, pineapple leather (Pinatex), cactus leather and bio-based leather (made from oil derived from cereal crops). In addition, some vegan sandals are also made from recycled materials, such as recycled polyester or other recycled fibres.

Many vegan sandals now are made using high quality and durable materials, and many of the new vegan leathers are of very high quality. But you can make your vegan sandals last longer by taking care of them well. With proper care, vegan sandals can last for many years, depending on how much wear and tear they encounter, which is the same as their animal-leather counterparts.

Vegan materials tend to have a much lower carbon footprint and be much be kinder to the environment than animal leather, which is one of the most environmentally damaging materials used in fashion. Whilst there are vegan materials such as PVC which are toxic and harmful, none of the vegan sandals or products at Immaculate Vegan contain PVC. We also choose to partner with brands who are creating the most sustainable vegan sandals possible, using the most sustainable vegan materials.

There's really no difference here between vegan and non vegan sandals – it all depends on the quality and fit of the brand and the styles you choose. We partner with premium footwear brands at Immaculate Vegan to bring you vegan shoes that are high quality, stylish and comfortable.

Whilst not all brands are equal, at Immaculate Vegan we select footwear brands making high quality, stylish and cruelty free vegan sandals and shoes.

That depends on the style and the fabric in question. Canvas and fabric vegan sandals are not waterproof, vegan or otherwise. But some of our vegan sandals are water-resistant and some are also waterproof, as well as durable and 100% vegan.