- Founded by James Bartle in 2011, Outland Denim was created to offer training and employment opportunities to women rescued from human trafficking, sexual exploitation, and other human rights abuses in Cambodia. Working to break the cycle of poverty and vulnerability, “we are able to give our sewers quality of life, skills, purpose and dignity,” explains James.
- Outland Denim produces their denim jeans in their training and production facility in Cambodia, where employees receive a living wage and holistic care.
- Denim is sourced from a Turkish mill called Bossa who produce recycled cotton and organic cotton. Bossa is part of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), abide by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), OEKO-TEX Standard 100, and hold a variety of ISO certifications. However, specific information regarding fibre content for each individual style of Outland Denim jean is limited.
- Outland Denim use natural indigo dyes derived from a plant species called Indigofera, which means workers are exposed to less toxic chemicals and the severity of water pollution is reduced. Jeans are washed in partnership with Cambodian warehouse facility Tak Son, who offer a separate organic washing process that ensures there is no contamination of water systems and is compliant to the Organic Content Standard.
- Suppliers of each element of Outland Denim’s jeans have been considered for their sustainable credentials and ethical manufacturing, right down to their zippers, thread, buttons, rivets, pocket liners and vegetable tanned leather patches. You can read about each of these on Outland Denim’s website, as well as their Transparency Report PDF and Environmental Policy PDF.