Sustainability in sewing

James Tailoring was founded on the idea of bringing together the very best in responsible trims to designers and makers across the world. Our innovative products have been designed to be responsible, ethical and a sustainable choice for the fashion industry and home sewists. 

Richard set about curating a range of essential sewing products that are responsible, sustainable and eco-friendly. Richard’s extensive background in the textile industry has given us a wealth of experience and knowledge of the products we need to provide. Richard saw first hand the inevitable, widespread damage of the fashion industry. As well as the race to profiteering over accountability, but now we welcome the increasing demand for change in the fashion industry by consumers.

James Tailoring is our family run business, since launching in 2018 Richard’s two daughters now work for the business and manage the growing team. We are committed to minimising the environmental impact as much as possible within the fashion industry. We source all our products from sustainable and responsible suppliers who share our values and are as passionate about changing the fashion industry as we are. Knowing our suppliers really well, trusting the relationships we have built backed by certifications for organic elastic, threads, fabrics and buttons are just some of our game changing products that are changing the way clothes are made.

Textile Certifications Explained

Sustainability Made Simple for the People and the Planet
Here you will find useful information, links and some of our thoughts that we hope you will find useful!


The MADE IN GREEN label verifies that an article has been tested for harmful substances, is traceable and the product has been manufactured using sustainable processes under socially responsible working conditions. Lace, Elastic, and Thread, are some of our OEKO TEX certified products.

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The Global Recycled Standard (GRS) is a product standard for tracking and verifying the content of recycled materials in a final product. The standard applies to the full supply chain and addresses traceability, environmental principles, social requirements, chemical content and labelling. Threads, Zips  cord ends and Elastic are some of our GRS products. 

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The Organic Content Standard (OCS) is a standard for tracking and verifying the content of organically grown materials in a final product. The standard verifies the presence and amount of organic material in a final product. Elastic is one of our OCS products. 

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Tencel by Lensing is material made from sustainably sourced (cellulose) wood fibres using sustainable, circular responsible processes that cause no harm to people and planet. Our Thread, Tape, Zips, are just some of our Tencel products. Tencel is the only cellulose closed loop process that causes no harm to the planet.

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Green Washing

Greenwashing is a term used to describe some companies who want to ‘appear’ more sustainable than they actually are. They may make false claims about their green production practices or even purposefully are vague with facts about their material or even how their garment workers are treated. They do this because they are becoming aware of increasingly educated consumers who are demanding better from their clothing suppliers and because by their fast fashion, exploitative greed model it would be virtually impossible for them to be genuine about their materials, production methods and their work conditions.

B Corporation

Certified B Corporations, or ‘B Corps’, are companies that meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability. The certification process grades brands on a points system that measures five key areas: Governance, Workers, Environment, Customers, and Community. This certification is becoming more popular and their site allows easy access to their grading system.

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Cradle to Cradle

The standard requirements are based on the Cradle to Cradle® design principles outlined in William
McDonough and Michael Braungart’s 2002 book, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. This programme outlines five key principles. 1. Material Health of people and planet. 2. A Products Circularity. 3. Clean Air & Climate. 4. Water & Soil Stewardship. 5. Social Fairness. The Institute sets the global standard for products that are safe, circular and made responsibly.

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