Kotn is a Canadian clothing retailer that sells both online and in their own retail stores in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. During her time working at the luxury department store, Holt Renfrew, Mackenzie Yeates noticed the lack of ethical options available to the wider market. From this realisation, the business was created on the idea of providing middle market sustainable clothing.
Here are 8 reasons why you should support Kotn:
Kotn is a B Corp certified organization, scoring in the top 10 percent of B Corp organizations in the community impact category.
Kotn uses authentic Egyptian cotton to create their knitwear collection. It’s called Giza 94. By using Egyptian cotton, Kotn is providing jobs for 690 smallholder cotton farms in Egypt.
Kotn works hand-in-hand with the farmers to understand their changing needs, providing them with subsidies like fertilizer and agricultural consultants. This past season, these subsidies helped to lower the average farmer’s costs by an average of 28%. This means that farmers have to worry less about their expenses and instead earn more profit.
The state of the art yarn facility that mills the yarns for their knit fabrics was founded in 2006. It is ISO 9001 and Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) certified, and offers employee benefits, bonuses, complimentary transportation, and daily team meals.
Kotn’s factories conduct effluent purification in wastewater treatment through a purpose-built biological treatment plant, the quality of the wastewater discharged is monitored internally, verified by independent laboratories to meet or exceed legal requirements. This means that they are sustainably and efficiently treating wastewater which would rather be thrown in the sea polluting it.
The dyehouse that handles all of their knit fabrics is a family business established over a century ago in Egypt, specializing in the pretreatment, dyeing, printing and finishing of both woven and knitted fabrics. The facility is ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certified for its occupational health and safety and environmental initiatives, and all dyes used are OEKO-TEX® non-toxic certified—meaning safe for you and the earth.
All of Kotn’s packaging are made from recycled or regenerative fibres and are 100% recyclable, printed with water-based ink and assembled with biodegradable adhesives.
Kotn collects 1% from every sale, plus additional revenue from special projects, to reinvest into their farming communities to improve literacy rates and decrease instances of child labour and marriage. They have now funded five elementary schools in the Nile Delta and Faiyum. Two are operational and two are currently under construction, with one more on its way.
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