Manifesto

manifesto

sustainable
creative
future

“If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled, or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production.”

Pete Seeger, Folk Singer & Social Activist

GECO stands for: Global Environmental Cooperation Organization. We cannot maintain our quality of life as a human race, diversity of life on Earth or Earth’s ecosystems unless we embrace SUSTAINABILITY. There are indications from all quarters and environments, from the smallest to the largest scale, that the climate crisis is something we must address. The root of that change lies in understanding and striving for a conscious lifestyle in our homes, at work, in our communities, across the world. GECO’s mission is to support and lead production of consumer products to a prosperous and bright future. For us, sustainability includes social, economic and environmental stewardship.

1. We believe in
sustainable living

GECO firmly believes in creating eco-friendly solutions that may be and are likely to be adopted by the market based on their income generating qualities as well as conduct that lays within the sustainability goals and initiatives captured by existing global organizations.

2. We commit to sustainable
production practices: to
design and manufacture
garments with greater
care, to reduce impact and
to generate awareness,

focusing on recyclable materials, processes and production in order to improve and extend each garment’s life. This includes sustainable practices involving human resources and mindfulness of circular economy implications.

3. We believe in
mindful consumption

Luxury means that the economy must rethink itself to ensure the long-term preservation of our environment.
Positive luxury can be summarized in two words: traceability and respect for both producers who are using natural resources with great care, and for consumers and their health.

4. Our purpose is to lead
an open conversation
about our approach

and to encourage consumers to reevaluate the relationship society has with clothing through Geco.
We supply customers with high quality products with friendly and efficient service and we build awareness to empower customers and producers to participate in Fair Trade and environmentally sustainable solutions.

5. Our aim is to
implement together
with customers,
suppliers and
competitors
sustainable initiatives

at national, regional and global levels. We will bring all of our technical insight and market foresight to the work of industry associations to create ethical business environments through our collaborators.

6. We are doers.
We rate legal bodies
and other entities
measuring their degree
of sustainable activities

GECO provides certifications and ratings for any organization measuring a degree of sustainable activity of any such entity. Ratings will be given by a vote of Founding members and Certified members, based on third party assessment data.

7. We stand for
gender equality,
education, fair
distribution of wealth
and climate action

103 million youths worldwide still lack basic literacy skills, and more than 60 percent of those are women. Poverty affects age groups differently, with the most devastating effects experienced by children. It affects their education, health, nutrition, and security, impacting emotional and physical development. Achieving gender equality will require enforceable legislation.