Garçon Français designs, assembles and manufactures all its products in France using materials made in mainland France.
100% of our product ranges are now made in Troyes in the Champagne region.
The materials used to make our garments come from French manufacturers and 80% from Troyes-based workshops.
We encourage local production which reduces the need for transport.
For further information about our production, please visit this page
To provide our clients with honest information about where our products are made, Garçon Français is part of the #whomademyclothes movement.
By manufacturing its items in France and France alone, Garçon Français gives you the opportunity to buy items made in France and in turn:
Buying French is good for everyone.
Garçon Français is a member of the FIMIF (Independent Federation of Made In France) which has conducted several studies to prove the positive effects of French production: on the French economy, buying a French product creates three times as much wealth as buying an imported product.
Two figures to think about:
Garçon Français works with French suppliers who adhere to the particularly strict oeko-tex® textile standard which certifies that all the raw materials (e.g. dyes) in each and every thread, button or accessory pose no danger to people's health or the environment.
Garçon Français has gone the extra mile with its environmental policy since 2020 as it has gradually moved all its cotton jersey fabrics to organic or recycled cotton.
By 2021, all the cotton used to weave our fabrics will be organic or made from recycled fibres.
According to the WWF, regular cotton growing alone consumes 25% of pesticides used in agriculture (for just 3% of farmed land).
Using organic cotton means growing this grain-based plant without GMOs. No pesticides or chemical fertilisers are used to produce it and less water is used.
Garçon Français is part of Eco TLC, a textile, linen and footwear organisation in France to which every member donates an eco-contribution based on the number of items sold to fund the collection and recycling of second-hand clothes:
300,000 tons collected per year, the equivalent of 4.6kg per inhabitant in 60 approved recycling centres repurposing 99.6% of textiles, linen and footwear. Further information about the branch here
We sell our products in eco-friendly packaging made in France and the European Union.
Our compressible cardboard boxes are three times lighter than rigid cardboard boxes which means less energy and materials are consumed during the manufacturing process.
They also take up four times less storage space which reduces the volumes transported.
More boxes in a restricted volume = less transport. Every little helps when it comes to the planet.
To pack our online orders, we have always used flexible eco-friendly paper packaging since our foundation in 2012, which makes them lighter with less energy impact.
The Garçon Français warehouse is in central Troyes, 500m from the Colissimo centres where we ship our packages from. A delivery tricycle transports the packages to the centre.
Colissimo also ensures it is totally carbon neutral by offsetting all its CO2 emissions by funding projects in Europe and worldwide.
Garçon Français' choice of courier is part of the ecological transition to a low-carbon economy.
Last but not least, in early 2020 Garçon Français set itself the target of all its packaging being plastic-free.
Polypropylene bags used to ship our packages were replaced by recycled and recyclable kraft paper bags.
What's the best thing about brown kraft paper? It's natural packaging made from wood pulp, it doesn't involve any chemical treatments in its manufacture making it 100% biodegradable and recyclable, the total opposite of plastic.
Being more eco-friendly when manufacturing is good but we have to have a pro-active policy for waste collection and treatment.
At Garçon Français, our shops and warehouse recycle our waste: paper, cardboard etc. We put everything in recycling bins specific for each type of waste.
We also work with our suppliers to encourage them to go the extra mile and incorporate this recycling requirement into every stage of manufacture.
In reality, what does that mean?
Dye water is pre-treated before being sent to a purification plant, no waste is disposed of in nature. It's common sense isn't it? It is in France but it doesn't always happen in a lot of textile-producing countries.
Our fabric weaver has established concrete processes to treat and collect waste: used oil is collected for recycling; plastic or cardboard bobbin cones are all recycled as is all cardboard packaging.
What do they do with off-cuts? They are reprocessed to make new fibres. The circle is complete.