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Design for equality

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DAVID The David statue represents the “real man”. We try to broaden male representation because masculinity is ever changing. The windows represent various views of masculinity and open new perspectives. Real men, not set in...

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Email: spodiversity@enactusutrecht.nl

Our t-shirts

Fair & Sustainable

Unisex

Spod t-shirts are unisex: they’re designed for everybody and are available in sizes for all body shapes and types. Because the t-shirt is made of organic cotton that’s not been treated with chemicals, the fabric feel soft on your skin (also if you have a sensitive skin). Spod t-shirts have a flattering relaxed fit and are slightly heavy, so you can enjoy your shirt for a long time without wearing it down. 

Fair

Sustainable production is not only about environmental impact. It’s also about labour, working conditions and the way we deal with other people. That’s why the producer of the SPOD t-shirts is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation. Let’s find out more about that.

Fair Wear Foundation

The Fair Wear Foundation is, unlike GOTS, not a certificate but a membership. The Fair Wear Foundation is a non-profit organization that, together with other brands, strives for a clothing industry that offers a fair, safe and dignified working environment. Members of the Fair Wear Foundation are continuously stimulated to improve their working conditions. Each year, members of the Fair Wear Foundation are being checked and scored. Only brands that have a score of at least 75/100 may say they are member of the Foundation.

What does a fair, safe and dignified working environment really mean?

The Fair Wear Foundation controls for various aspects of the working environment. For example: voluntary labour, a living wage, no child labour, reasonable working hours, safe working conditions, no discriminations and legal labour contracts. 

What does this mean for my SPOD t-shirt?Our producer received a score of 80/100 in the last annual check (2020). A score of 80 makes our producer a leader amongst the producers of cotton! Of course there’s still plenty to improve (let’s strive for 100/100) and our producer is being stimulated to do so. What also makes us really happy: our producer shares our values when it comes to gender equality. Recently, they took part in a panel session about gender-based violence together with the Fair Wear Foundation. You can look it up here.

Sustainable

Do you care about gender equality but also want to consume responsibly? So do we. It is crucial for us that our products are being produced and sold in a sustainable and ethical way. Therefore all of our t-shirts are GOTS-certificed. Do you want to know what that means for your t-shirt and its impact on the world? Continue reading!

What do you mean, certified?

Certificates are used to express to what extent products meet sustainable production standards. Each certificate guarantees different standards or monitors in a different part of the production process. There’s a big chance you’ve seen the GOTS logo before, because it’s a well known and important one in the field. GOTS stands for Global Organic Textile Standard. SPOD t-shirts have the GOTS Organic certificate: each shirt is made of at least 95% organic cotton. 

What does GOTS mean for my SPOD t-shirt?

First of all, organic cotton feels great on your skin, also when you have a very sensitive skin. GOTS has standards for the entire textile production process; from growing the cotton to producing the clothing items. For example, the cotton is grown without the use of harmful substances such as synthetic pesticides. Farmers need to deal with waste water responsibly, child labour is forbidden and once the items have been produced, 0 plastic hangers were used. 

How do I know for sure?

An independent accreditator checks whether the production chain of the clothing items meets GOTS Standards. It is possible to trace the cotton that was used in your t-shirt.

Is this the best we can do?

SPOD is a start-up that continuously strives to maximize social impact while at the same time minimizing our impact on the environment. The field of sustainable production changes and develops and we make sure we keep up to date. Most importantly, we want to be open and honest about our impact so you can make your own decisions.

Want to know more about GOTS? Visit their website here.

About us

At Spod, we design for equality. We design and sell t-shirts with designs that express the nonsense of stereotypes in an artistic and humoroustic way. We shed a ‘spodlight’ on stereotyping and increase awareness of how they limit us in being ourselves but also in reaching equality of gender, race, sexuality – anything. Spod designs challenge you and the people around you who see your t-shirts to look beyond the status quo. Wear a Spod t-shirt and spread the message of equality.

We also build a diversity training for companies who want to know the importance in depth.

Who are the people behind Spod?

Spod is part of Enactus Utrecht, a student organization for social entrepreneurship. Our team consists of five employees.

  • Sacha Visser – Team captain
  • Quinty Soede – logistics and sales
  • Fleur van der Lee – Finance
  • Nicky van Leeuwen – Marketing
  • Nienke Mast – Production and sustainability

We have gathered a team of 3 creatives around us. Chris Liefting is our amazingly talented illustrator who created Spod’s designs. Mette Jill is our all-round creative – for example, she designed the logo for Spod and build our website. Birte Koster is our visionary. She helps with the creative view for the instagram and the photo editing.

Spod’s story

Spod started in October. It was in the brainstorm period of Enactus Utrecht when our concept was raised. We were discussing obstacles in our personal life. One told about a boy who sexualised her for wearing a dress that is really common to wear. While another mentioned that one of her new colleagues refused to be trained by her, based on the fact that she was a woman. We all faced situations where our gender was the base of inequality. 

Gender inequality is not something only we face. It affects half of our worldwide population. 

Worldwide women earn only 77 cents for every dollar that men get for the same work. Only 24 percent of national parliamentarians were women as of November 2018, a small increase from 11.3 percent in 1995.

In the Netherlands we are working towards a more gender equal situation, however we are not reaching our goals for 2030, that were agreed on in the SDG report. As a rich and as we say; ‘open-minded’ country we do not score that well. 

In the Netherlands women in high leading functions earn 580 euro, where a man earns 1000 euro. The number of these leading positions have decreased instead of grown and are relatively low compared to other prosperous countries. Therefore our ranking based on gender equality dropped. From position 27 towards 38 of a total of 153 countries.

We want to increase the awareness of these inequalities based on gender. We believe ending all discrimination against women and girls is not only a basic human right, it’s crucial for sustainable future; it’s proven that empowering women and girls helps economic growth and development. On a smaller scale, it has been proven that stereotyping does not fully develop all human potentialities and limits us from reaching our maximum human potential. 

Furthermore, it also works the other way around. Stereotyping towards men, for example toxic masculinity, puts pressure on men to think they need to have a strong physique, hide their emotions, and act in an aggressively dominant way. This is harmful to the society as a whole. 

Sustainable development goals and social entrepreneurship 

Spod is a social enterprise, which means our main aim is to contribute to social or sustainable development. Our goal is to maximize our positive impact on gender equality and take into account other sustainable development goals while doing so. In this way we want to minimize our negative impact on SDG numbers 12 (responsible consumption and production) and 13 (climate change).

As a social enterprise it is important for us to be open about the impact we have on the world. Always feel free to ask us anything about your t-shirt or what Spod stands for. Moreover, we strive to continuously improve, such as by having more positive impact on equality or reducing our climate impact.

Contact

Email: spodiversity@enactusutrecht.nl