The People behind
Ayo Oslo

Overproduction has made it cheaper and easier for us to own clothes. Today, we own five times more clothes than our grandparents.
Knowing the true story behind our garments is a part of our integral approach in our bid to making clothes with integrity. We make it our business to know the people involved in making our garments.

Image show Ayo Oslo founder's visit with Mongolian herder.

Up to 40% of Mongolians still live a traditional nomadic herders lifestyle. Their livestock consist mainly of sheep, goats, yak, camels and horses.

There is a direct symbiosis between the animals and herders as they are codependent in order to survive. The people rely on their animals for sustenance and wool, while the animals rely on people and their dogs to keep them safe from wolves and foxes.
The herders and their whole family hand comb their animals during spring. This wool is then taken to be processed.

We carry out inspection prior to manufacturing in order to ensure:

• production is carried out in decent working conditions.
• our collaborators are compliant to national labour laws
• safety measures in factory.
• compliant to law regulated working hours.
• workers have the opportunity to join workers unions.
• women in leadership.
• gender equality and non-discrimination.
• no child labour.
• investing locally to promote environmental activities.
• practise pollution prevention.

Our collaborator use water filtering during washing of wool. Water is recycled over and over again for different washing purposes, then filtered for the last time prior to being released back to nature. In addition, they are investing in green project in their local community, the right step towards a greener environment.

Most labourers in the Mongolian manufacturing sector are women. At times it can be challenging when having young children to attend to.
As such our collaborator offer their labour force child-care services. This accomodates the every-day challenges for their many female employers. It ensures the continuous and productive labour participation of a larger number of women. .