Sherpa Adventure Gear (owned and operated by Bradshaw Taylor Ltd.)
Quality means much more than a supplied first-class product. SHERPA ADVENTURE GEAR wants to offer its customers the best quality possible. Therefore, SHERPA ADVENTURE GEAR works with first class materials and modern techniques to achieve the best rating in product quality, functionality, and style. We also expect SHERPA ADVENTURE GEAR products to be produced under conditions that are socially and ecologically acceptable.
SHERPA ADVENTURE GEAR expects all its business partners to work towards the same goal – to produce products, which deserve to carry the SHERPA ADVENTURE GEAR or associated brand names. We can only reach these goals in cooperation with our business partners.
2.1. Safe Chemical Usage
SHERPA ADVENTURE GEAR seeks to eliminate harmful substances from beginning to end of the manufacturing process and expects you to control standards for an environmentally friendly and safe production.
2.2. Restricted Substance List (RSL)
Due to regulations for customers‘ health and safety in the European Union and global markets, SHERPA ADVENTURE GEAR has to undertake all necessary precautionary measures to ensure that all products sold are safe and do not contain harmful substances.
In the Restricted Substances List (RSL) as provided by REACH https://echa.europa.eu/substances-restricted-under-reach, you will find SHERPA ADVENTURE GEAR’s requirements for all relevant harmful substances. Our limited values are based on European regulations and customer needs.
Furthermore, you must pay attention to the so called “Candidate list”. According to article 33 of the REACH Regulation [Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006], it is the legal obligation for an articles’ supplier to inform his customer, in case there is/are one/several of those “candidate substances” in an article supplied in a concentration of more than 0.1% weight by weight (w/w) respectively. Please make sure that you are always aware of the actual SVHC (substances of very high concern/ candidate list) list.
The effective Candidate List can be downloaded from the internet under: http://echa.europa.eu/chem_data/authorisation_process/candidate_list_table_en.asp
The REACH legislation only applies in European countries but should be adopted by all vendors.
2.3. Good Housekeeping
“Good Housekeeping“ is the textile industry term for proper and environmental fair operational management, such as occupational health and safety measures and appropriate storage of chemicals.
Possible Measures are:
• To check all chemical containers and keep a record
If a container is
o In poor condition
o Not essential
• To think about how much of a particular chemical is used every year and how many months/years of supply are currently in storage?
• To determine which containers should be disposed.
In the case of disposal please follow the guidelines below:
o Create a Disposal List (*)
o Identify a qualified professional to assist in the chemical cleanout and disposal process
o Prepare for the chemical cleanout and disposal
o Take steps to reduce the need of future chemical cleanouts (e.g. purchasing controls, inventory management)
2.4. AZO Dyes and Pigments
SHERPA ADVENTURE GEAR generally prohibits the use of AZO dyes and pigments for all dying processes along its supply chain.
The relevant 28 prohibited substances you will find in our Restricted Substances List in Appendix B, Arylamines.
2.5. Oeko-Tex 100
The requirements of Oeko-Tex 100 match in most parts with the SHERPA ADVENTURE GEAR requirements.
Nevertheless, all articles that will be used for our products need to fulfil the demands and the limited values from our RSL, regardless of an article being certified by Oeko-Tex 100 or not.
SHERPA ADVENTURE GEAR wants to ensure healthy and safe conditions for workers in the factories. Therefore, we prohibit the method of sandblasting for finishing of denim articles.
3.1. Animal Welfare Policy
SHERPA ADVENTURE GEAR respects the environment and supports animal protection. This includes animal welfare, which means that only materials from sources that can demonstrate responsible animal welfare/ ethical husbandry are used for SHERPA ADVENTURE GEAR products. Therefore, all our products need to be produced according to the five freedoms of animal welfare of the Farm Animal Welfare Council (FAWC).
The 5 Freedoms:
• Freedom from hunger and thirst
• Freedom from physical and thermal discomfort
• Freedom form pain, injury and disease
• Freedom to express normal patterns of behaviour
• Freedom from fear and distress
SHERPA ADVENTURE GEAR respects the environment and supports animal protection. Therefore, we do not accept the usage of down feathers origin from forced feed and/or life plugged geese/ducks. Generally, we do not want down from grey geese. All Down and Feather which will be used for SHERPA ADVENTURE GEAR have to fulfil the RDS Standard (Responsible Down Standard).
SHERPA ADVENTURE GEAR prohibits the use of angora / mohair as far as the ethical husbandry cannot be guaranteed. In many cases the production of angora / mohair is carried out under painful conditions for the angora rabbits and angora goats.
SHERPA ADVENTURE GEAR prohibits the use of wool origin from farmers, who practice the method of mulesing.
Please take special attention to merino wool originated from Australia as there the method of mulesing is allegedly a widespread practice. Mulesing involves the removal of strips of wool-bearing skin from around the breech of a sheep to prevent flystrike. It is a common practice as a method to reduce the incidence of flystrike, particularly on highly wrinkled Merino sheep. Many times, it is performed without any anaesthetization and by unskilled persons.
To protect animals, SHERPA ADVENTURE GEAR only uses synthetic fur for its collection. It is prohibited to use real fur.
Only skin of not threatened and not protected species is allowed. SHERPA ADVENTURE GEAR accepts skin of cow, goat, pig, lamb and sheep. The leather is only a by-product/ waste-product of the food industry.
The use of cotton origin from Uzbekistan is prohibited because of the common practice of child and forced labour by the crop in the country. That is a violation against the SHERPA ADVENTURE GEAR policy, and the code of labour practice point 1. and 3.
Sometimes trims consist of wood, for example buttons.
It is not allowed to use wood origin from High Conservation Value Forests (rain forest) or illegal wood harvest. Background is the damage of natural forests and the negative impact to the global climate.
The use of cotton and any other material harvested, produced, or processed and other products (garments, trims, etc.) and services from this region is prohibited because of the latest reports on human rights violations in the region Xinjiang.