Who made your T-shirt?


Do you know where any of your clothes have come from? The clothing supply chain is incredibly complex and notoriously secretive. At Epona we’re proud of our supply chain; it’s by no means perfect but we’re constantly working hard to improve workers’ rights at every stage and wanted to share the journey with you so you can be proud of the garment you’re wearing.

Cotton Field

All of our cotton is Fairtrade which means the farming cooperatives that grow it receive a guaranteed fair price for their crop. The cooperative also receives a Fairtrade premium - an additional amount of money which is placed in a communal fund for farmers and workers to invest in social, environmental and economic developmental projects. All of our cotton is also organic.

Cotton Processing

After the cotton is picked it will sent for processing which involves ginning, spinning, knitting & dying. Clothing brands rarely have transparency here which can lead to unsafe working conditions and use of child labour, but Fairtrade clothing requires full transparency. We monitor mills we use, ensuring there is no child labour and that workers have protective equipment and safety training.

Garment Factory

You may have seen bad press about garment factories, but the factory your Epona T-shirt was produced in promotes workers’ rights: Workers have an internal workers complaints committee weekly, are permitted to form unions and aren’t forced into excessive overtime. Epona also pays a premium for the garments to be put towards a living wage.


Your t-shirt was then shipped over 4000 miles to the Epona warehouse in London. Epona is wholly owned by NUS so all profits go back into the student movement. All warehouse and printing staff are paid at least the London Living Wage to pick, print, pack and dispatch your t-shirt and the design that you now see on your T-shirt was printed using eco-friendly inks.

Your SU Shop

Your t-shirt was then shipped to your Students’ Union. By stocking Fairtrade clothing, your SU has taken positive action towards ethical clothing. All profits from the shop are reinvested into your Students’ Union to put towards facilities and activities for students. NUS is working towards 100% Fairtrade clothing in all SU shops in the future – thanks for being part of the change!

See for yourself!

We want YOU to join us in October on an all-expenses paid trip to India when we visit our clothing supply chain. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet the people who made your clothes and engage with ethical fashion in the student movement – note, this competition has now closed.

  • 1. The promoter is Epona Ltd (company number 04384688) a private limited company registered in England and Wales at, Ian King House, Snape Road, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 2NZ
  • 2. Entry to the Prize Draw (“Prize Draw”) will close at 00:00 on 31st May 2017. Entries received after this will not be considered.
  • 3. The Prize Draw is open to United Kingdom (including Northern Ireland) residents only (including temporary residents)
  • 4. The Prize Draw is not open to employees of NUS Holdings, their immediate families, its agencies or any organisations associated with this Prize Draw.
  • 5. This is a free entry draw for current students of UK universities and colleges. No purchase necessary. To qualify for and enter into the Prize Draw, the entrant must submit an entry form via the webpage www.whomade.me by the closing date in order to be entered into the Draw.
  • 6. One entry per person.
  • 7. The winner will receive one fully funded week-long trip to India with members from Epona and NUS Charitable Services in October 2017 – exact dates to be finalized - (“the Prize”). The Prize will involve visits to the cotton farming cooperative and garment factory and the winner will be expected to accompany the Epona team at all stages of the trip.
  • 8. The winner must be able to attend two pre-trip briefings and be eligible for a tourist visa to India. The winner must also abide by the conditions of travel insurance and vaccinate as advised by medical professionals.
  • 9. The Prize is as stated and is non-transferable. No cash alternative will be provided. Should the winner be unable to claim the Prize or attend the trip, a second winner will be picked at random from the pool of entrants.
  • 10. The winners will be selected at random from all eligible entries and will be contacted directly by Epona Ltd.
  • 11. Epona Ltd will not be responsible for the non-inclusion of entries as a result of technical failures or otherwise, including any such failure which is within the control of Epona Ltd.
  • 12. Proof of submission of entry is not proof of receipt of entry.
  • 13. Epona Ltd reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any person it finds to be tampering or to have tampered with, the operation of the Prize Draw or to be acting in violation of these terms and conditions.
  • 14. Any personal data relating to you will be used in accordance with UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to any third party without your prior consent.
  • 15. The promoter will send all entrants a follow-up questionnaire which will, upon successful completion, allow the entrant one extra entry into the prize draw. The completion or non-completion of this follow-up questionnaire does not affect the entrant’s original entry.
  • 16. These Terms and Conditions are governed by the laws of England and Wales.