To make clothes and home products that are durable both in wear and in style.
It being possible to use our garments for many years, in our small way we hope to minimise
consumption of natural raw materials and the quantity of clothing consigned to landfill. We
aim to be not fast fashion but slow fashion.
To maintain a continuing interest in traditional textiles and craft and to incorporate these
materials and products as an element of our collections.
We regularly work with fair trade co-operatives and smaller workshops on artisanal crafts
such as block printing, embroidery, tie-dyeing, hand spinning and hand weaving among others.
We’ll tell the inside story of these products in our books and on the website – our
intention being to celebrate the profound and timeless skills of these makers and to do what
we can to sustain them.
To use organically produced fibres wherever possible.
We will continue to press to increase the proportion of organic materials in our
To sustain a preference for natural textiles such as cotton, wool and linen in our
Where we do use synthetics we prefer those that are plant derived to those derived from
Absolutely to avoid testing of products on animals.
None of our soaps are tested on animals and the essential oils used are natural, fully
traceable and of high quality.
To only use leathers that are a by-product of food production.
We weigh and examine thoughtfully our sources of animal-based raw materials. Wherever we can,
we find sources of supply that support standards of humane and responsible animal
To minimise packaging and where possible only to use recyclable or biodegradable
This is a process we have embarked upon. We are not there yet but would hope to be in the
Our buildings and our teams:
Lead by our social conscience team, to minimise waste and raw material use across the whole
This extends in a myriad small details from, for example, careful use of paper, to the
donation of leftover fabrics to charity, to composting our vegetable waste. The team
continually set us new challenges.
To use naturally-generated electricity wherever possible: to have minimal or no air
To encourage respect for each other and for our environment.
The wellbeing of our staff, our customers and the environment are of highest importance to
We have worked in partnership with most of our suppliers over many years. We visit them
regularly, work through any problems constructively, and support their efforts to conform to
Our standards are our own but are based on the International Labour Organisations core
Conventions and the Conventions on the Rights of the Child which require the following:
- Compliance with local labour law
- Statutory pay and working hours
- The right to organise and bargain collectively
- A ban on child labour
- A ban on discrimination
- A ban on forced labour
- Health and safety in the workplace
- Compliance with local environmental legislation
To minimise our impact on the planet.
Many of our suppliers have innovative environmental standards that support our aims. When
selecting new suppliers we will always look for a shared approach to environmental
We have a policy of continual improvement in environmental standards.
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At TOAST we sustain a preference for natural textiles such as cotton, wool and linen in our collections but we place equal measure on sustainability and good animal welfare practices.
We weigh and examine thoughtfully our sources of animal-based raw materials. We source fibre that support standards of humane and responsible animal husbandry and positive sustainability.
At TOAST we will not tolerate any cruelty or mistreatment of animals, in the industry and otherwise. Whilst we acknowledge that some of the behaviours reported in the press are shocking and unacceptable TOAST will not support any associations or individuals who are found to be in contravention of our principles. Here at TOAST we value the long lasting and strong partnerships we have built through our supply chain and we are consistently working to achieve good visibility through our supply chain and working practices. Our sourcing teams at TOAST consistently aim to source raw materials with due diligence to ensure that good animal welfare practice is followed.
Ultimately, we aim to design and make good things that will delight our customers; that will
allow us, and our suppliers, to make a living; that will do no damage to the world; and
that, in some small way, might open a window on the wonderful material – and therefore
cultural and spiritual – diversity of the planet. On the way, we’re not looking to possess
anyone’s soul – and our own are not up for sale.