Rating: Certified

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Shop: Womens

Home Country: New Zealand

LDI Score: 4/8


One Leaf Earned
  • Kowtow products are certified by the FLO, Fairtrade Labelling Organisations International.
  • Kowtow works with two manufacturers in India.

Room for Improvement:

  • Kowtow can improve Transparency by publishing the wages of their makers and the conditions in which they are working.
  • They can also publish information about the manufacturing facilities prior to the final stage (i.e. textile mills).

Fair Labor

Two Leaves Earned
  • FLO certified farmer groups receive a premium every season dedicated to community projects such as medical cost, books for children, farmers education, training and upgrades, irrigation schemes for conserving rainwater, and clothes for children.
  • Kowtow visits both of their manufacturers in India twice a year.
  • Kowtow factories are SA8000 certified guaranteeing makers a minimum wage, social security fund, pension fund, paid holiday leave, sick pay, medical insurance, subsidized lunches, overtime pay and workplace unions.

Room for Improvement:

  • Kowtow can improve Fair Labor by investing in community well-being programs where they manufacture.

Sustainably Made

Three Leaves Earned
  • Kowtow uses organic, renewable, and biodegradable fabrics.
  • Kowtow uses GOTS approved inks, dyes, and washes, free from harmful chemicals and toxic metals.
  • Kowtow swimwear is made from ECONYL® regenerated nylon (yarn made from pre and post consumer nylon waste) made to last forever.
  • Kowtow source their Mohair, Alpaca, and wool from local New Zealand farmers.
  • Kowtow’s entire packaging is recyclable, printed with soy-based and petroleum-free inks.
  • The paper used in their packaging is FSC approved.
  • Kowtow engages in circulatory through their garment repair and take back program, which helps reduce the amount of clothes that end up in landfills.
  • Kowtow trims are tested by OEKO-TEX to ensure they are free from harmful chemicals and safe for human use.
  • Kowtow’s cotton is certified organic by the National Programme for Organic Production, NPOP.

Overall Score: 61

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Last Updated: 3/28/21

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