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Here is their commitment to sustainability:
Being environmentally conscious is an inherent part of our business model and our eco-friendly practices support our company's efficiencies in operations. We have consolidated all aspects of our manufacturing processes within Toronto. This eliminates the unnecessary shipping of supplies across international borders, which reduces both our transport costs and carbon emissions. We use state-of-the-art knitting machines to reduce energy consumption, our dye houses only uses nontoxic materials and our cutting and sewing departments recycle upwards of 20% of our textile waste. Even our offices understand the correlation between environmental concern and financial savings - we reuse all the envelopes from our incoming mail and all our printing is done on old invoices. Anyone who's received an order from us will notice that our boxes don't say Jerico. That's not a mistake. We use second-hand boxes. It saves us money and it's good for the environment. It may not be the most glamorous way to do business, but we believe it's the right way.
In addition to scrupulous recycling and consolidation, we continue to expand our eco-friendly collection. Over 50% of our line is now made from bamboo. Bamboo does not require fertilizers or pesticides for cultivation and it grows rapidly without depleting the soil. Bamboo has a lower environmental impact than pesticide-laden conventional cotton and petroleum-derived nylon and polyester fabrics. Bamboo is also a superior fabric in terms of softness and functionality. Bamboo is inherently moisture wicking and anti-bacterial. This again, is an environmental choice that supports both superior product and our business philosophy.
Jerico is a green company - by design.
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Jerico is Canadian Made Socially Conscious Apparel. We belabour the point because our decision to remain a domestic manufacturer is a deliberate choice to support the local economy, provide a safe working environment and make quality garments that stand the test of time.
Jerico was founded in 1987 by two brothers and two sisters. It was a family business that grew in leaps and bounds as the textile industry flourished in Canada. Knitting machines ran 24 hours a day, dyeing operations ran consecutive shifts and sewing had a tough time keeping up with demand. These were glorious days for all involved in the apparel business. However, in 2001, the quota on imports was lifted and the markets were flooded with low cost imports. Over night Canadian manufacturers came under increasing pressure to drop their prices and outsource their production. Jerico decided otherwise. We believed firmly in the quality of Canadian labour and the necessity for humanity in employment. Jerico's success was not going to be based on the exploitation of foreign labour. The conditions of foreign factories are deplorable and the wages of their employees are dreadful. We conduct all our manufacturing in bright and airy premises with fair wages and complete medical and dental coverage. Our employees are part of the family business and partners in our success - and we like to treat them accordingly.
Keeping our production in Canada has not been easy. Competition is plentiful and the pressures to outsource are manifold. But we believe in the ethics of fair labour and the quality of our product. 100% Canadian and sweatshop free, Jerico is proud to continuously offer authentic Canadian apparel. To have a look at our local factories and see how we manufacture our goods click here.