COTTON HERITAGE REFERENCE 129 Our factories are proudly WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production) certif ied. This independent , non-prof it organization sets and assesses conditions to ensure that goods are produced under lawful , humane, and ethical manufacturing conditions . In taking that one step forward in our ef forts to better this world, we uphold all our factories to an even higher standard by putting them through additional independent audits by a third party f irm to ensure that quality and standards continue to be met , and the bar remains high. We won’ t make compromises when it comes to workers’ rights and our environmental impact . When it comes to our carbon footprint , we employ factories that utilize state of the art , more ef f icient dye machines , using seven times less water than the average manufacturer—saving millions of gallons per week. Additionally, they make the use of the newest technologies to aid in heat recycling, water recycling, fabric recycling, and more ef f icient waste management . We work to make sure all of our factories have an Environmental Treatment Plant (ETP) on-site, so the water we do use gets f iltered, treated, and recycled. Take a quick tour around our distribution centers and headquarters and you’ll f ind energy-saving systems like solar power and motion-sensor LED lighting. From production to distribution, we’re making a conscious ef fort to promote fair and safe working standards . That means no child labor, no forced labor, fair wages , timely pay, medical aid, and safe working environments . We believe in bringing manufacturing to a higher standard—the Cotton Heritage standard.