- • No forced labor or illegal child labor.
- • The individual cooperatives must be open to new members and avoid all forms of discrimination.
- • The organization must be independent and democratically controlled by its members. This especially applies to the use of additional proceeds from fair trade.
- • The use of harmful pesticides and genetically manipulated seeds is not permitted.
- • The importers and manufacturers pay the cotton producers a fixed minimum price that always covers the manufacturing costs.
- • In addition, a fair trade bonus must be paid; the cooperative can decide how to use this.
- • Upon request, the harvest must be pre-financed at up to 60 percent of the contractual price.
- • The goal is to create long-term and stable trade relationships.
MEYER-HOSEN AG - Available at Filman's Men's Wear Ltd in Burlington
MEYER is one of Europe´s leading specialists for men´s trousers. Founded in 1960 in Waldbröl, in the Bergisches Land region, the family business now enjoys the trust of more than 4.000 trade partners worldwide. This success story is based on a consistent standard: quality down to the smallest detail - now in its second generation! High-quality materials, the excellent fit and functional details are what make MEYER trousers so special. Our many years of experience and our confident sense of style and design are now being used to develop the collections in Reichshof-Denklingen.
Our goal is to fulfill our quality promise in every detail. Therefore we exclusively use high quality materials such as pure virgin wool, the finest cotton and airy kapok.
Precise tailoring is created not just through the latest CAD cutting technology, but also because of the craftsmanship and passion of our employees. We manufacture exclusively at our own European factory outside Brassov in Romania. Each production step shows what goes into a pair of MEYER trousers: gentle processes and the greatest precision in carrying them out, whether by machine or by hand. In addition, our ongoing expert controls guarantee that every pair of trousers is of perfect quality. Only the relationship between precise technology and the individual workers´ instincts can create an original pair of MEYER trousers.
Our own laundry, with its integrated water treatment plant, helps us fulfill our responsibility to the environment. Only ecologically friendly additives are used when making a MEYER garment, and we take care to ensure outstanding quality even for the smallest processes.
Our products fulfill the criteria of Ökotex Standard 100 and those of the internationally recognized FAIRTRADE seal: certified and regularly tested. Every pair of MEYER trousers is checked for compliance with our high standards. That allows us to guarantee that only the highest quality products leave our company. MEYER delivers its products to 35 countries worldwide.
We communicate with each of our business partners in their respective native language. No matter where we are in the world, we promise our customers that we will comply with ecological standards and ensure fair manufacturing conditions in our own factory with the highest possible quality. First and foremost, the quality of a pair of MEYER trousers comes from our employees.
Washing recommendations for cotton trousers
1 - By separating your colours carefully, you can prevent darker colours from bleeding onto lighter ones.
2 - Close zippers and buttons to prevent the metal parts from scraping the fabric.
3 - Turn the trousers inside out. Do not pre-treat stains by rubbing them. Rubbing will not remove stains, but will create lighter spots due to rubbing off the dye. If necessary, please use only appropriate pre-treatment products.
4 - Do not wash more than 3-4 pairs of trousers at a time. Please note that cotton is cleaned through the agitation process. Overloading the drum will limit the trousers' movement in the machine.
1 - Use as little detergent as possible, since excess detergent can leave traces on the fabric. Powdered and liquid detergent are both suitable. Cotton is primarily cleaned through mechanical movement, so the detergent simply provides a pleasant smell.
2 - Be sure to use colour detergent for the trousers in order to prevent them from fading prematurely. Do not use heavy-duty detergent; it contains optical brighteners and will bleach the fabric.
3 - Fabric softener and other emollients are not necessary, since all of the trousers come with a permanent softener built in.
4 - Choose normal wash cycles* - ideally 40ºC for coloured fabrics. Gentle or delicate cycles do not provide enough agitation during the washing process.
5 - Pre-washing is not necessary, and only uses excess water. If desired, soak your laundry first to pre-treat any significant soiling.
6 - Use the shortest possible spin cycle. For optimal washing results, use the lowest speed (400 rotations) for a short spin cycle. Faster spin cycles will compress the fibers by pressing water out through the weave. 2.7 After the end of the wash cycle, avoid leaving the wet trousers in the drum for too long.
Drying (cotton / linen / kapok) - When using a dryer, please use low temperatures (max. 60º - 65ºC). The dryer will make the trousers feel soft and smooth.
Ironing (cotton / linen / kapok) - Avoid too-hot irons at all costs. Note that the temperature you set can often vary greatly from the actual ironing temperature. Be especially careful when ironing fabrics with a high synthetic content. Steam usually raises the temperature even more, so it should be used with caution. Iron dark trousers and jeans inside out to avoid shiny spots. * In order to prevent unnecessary energy and water consumption, please check whether your machine has a "small load" setting. Newer models should all be able to determine the load weight in the drum automatically.
Washing recommendations for wool trousers
General Trousers made of 100% pure virgin wool are not suitable for household washing machines - please dry clean only. (P symbol) Thanks to their polyester content, MEYER's traditional wool trousers are suitable for household washing machines. However, the rule of thumb for wool is different: less agitation (to prevent pilling) and plenty of water.
1 - Sort your laundry carefully. Wool-blend trousers should not be washed with other materials, such as cotton.
2 - The trousers can be washed inside out or right side out. (For household washing machines, leaving trousers the right side out will clean the seams more effectively.)
3 - Close buttons and zippers before washing to prevent them from rubbing or snagging on the fabric.
1 - Choose a wool wash cycle at 40ºC. Alternatively, you can also use a delicate wash setting (no spin cycle!). The gentler movement in the wash cycle keeps the wool fibers from felting and snagging (also known as pilling).
2 - Use a high water level so that the trousers can float slightly inside the drum, to prevent them from rubbing too much.
3 - Use only wool detergent, which is designed for the needs of wool fibers.
4 - After the wash cycle, please do not use a spin cycle or put the trousers in the dryer. Wringing them out or beating them is also not recommended, since it places too much strain on the wool fibers. If necessary, you can lay the wet trouser on a towel and gently squeeze the water out. We recommend hanging the pants up to drip dry.
Ironing In order to avoid disturbing the inner lining, iron your trouser the right side out. Be sure not to iron with steam, which may permanently change the shape of the pants or create undesirable wrinkles. Alternatively, you can place a damp dishcloth between the iron and the fabric to set the creases.
MEYER TROUSERS & THE ISSUE OF FAIR TRADE
As an international clothing manufacturer, we want to set an example by introducing a collection made of fairly traded cotton. Counter to the common image of globalization, it is possible to manufacture trousers under fair working conditions along the entire manufacturing chain from Africa to Europe - at a price that is, in the truest sense of the word, fair.
If you already own a pair of Meyer trouser, you know this does not mean compromising quality. If you do not yet have the pleasure, visit your local retailer to feel the high quality of the fabric and to try out the outstanding fit.
You care about quality. You take responsibility. We are happy that our efforts to provide an excellent product can also help improve living conditions for people around the world.
COTTON - THE WHITE GOLD
Cotton is by far the most important natural fiber. In the areas of manufacturing, transport and warehousing alone, around 350 million people work in the cotton industry worldwide. In introducing fair trade cotton, we intentionally focused on Africa. On the world market, African manufacturers are in direct competition with the major manufacturers in the cotton industry.
How does fair trade with cotton work?
Cotton is not traded on the stock market like coffee. Because of high cotton subsidies in industrialized countries, there has been a significant price decline for cotton on the world market. As a result, farmers in developing countries in particular are forced to sell their cotton at dumping prices. However, this amount often does not even cover their manufacturing costs. With fair trade, on the other hand, manufacturers are paid fixed minimum prices above the local market prices. This means that their manufacturing costs are covered, and it significantly improves the manufacturers´ living and working conditions. In addition, there is also a fair trade bonus that is intended for financing social projects. For instance, it can be used to build schools for the children of the cotton pickers or to improve health care.
What criteria must the manufacturers fulfill?
Fair trade intentionally strengthens small farmers who are organized within cooperatives. Often, cotton is the only source of income for these farmers. Thus diversification is particularly encouraged - for their own needs as well as for selling. This reduces the farmers´ economic dependence on cotton and creates new sources of income for the manufacturers.
Cooperatives that want to sell their cotton under fair trade conditions must fulfill the following conditions:
Cotton manufacturer Boukoungou Wennigda from Kayao: "With fair trade, I can send my children to school."
YOU CARE ABOUT QUALITY. WE TAKE RESPONSIBILITY.
Worldwide, millions of people - and often children - are involved in manufacturing textiles. Degrading working conditions, poverty wages and inhumane work hours are all in a day´s work. We consider this situation unsustainable. That´s why we manufacture MEYER garments in our own European factory. Our compliance with international social and ecological standards has been confirmed by FLO-CERT, the world´s largest independent social certification body. By buying a pair of Meyer trousers, you are supporting the principles of fair trade without sacrificing excellent, tailor-made quality.
FAIRLY TRADED.FAIRLY MANUFACTURED.
The issue of FAIR TRADE is becoming more and more important for European consumers. In fact, the fair manufacturing of clothing in compliance with modern social standards is a given for MEYER and for specialized trade. For the new season, we are therefore introducing two items that have been awarded the internationally recognized FAIR TRADE seal. To receive this, Meyer underwent an extensive independent certification process in 2008, as did our upstream suppliers. The Fair Trade seal thus guarantees a completely fair manufacturing chain and stands for the principles of fair trade.
What does Meyer have to do to receive the fair trade seal?
Only companies that contractually agree to comply with the fair trade criteria and undergo a review by FLO-Cert GmbH can use the fair trade seal.
The three pillars of the fair trade standard are economy, ecology and social issues: