Taking Action On Climate Change
We stopped using single-use plastic in customer orders in 2018. This includes using recycled corrugated boxes to ship our orders out. When we get a box back from a return we then reuse it until it becomes unusable, then we recycle it. We stopped using plastic tape in our packaging replacing it with a paper solution. Our garment labelling is changing to recycled cotton with a soya print and our swing tags have changed to fully compostable materials.
Pre order system
Overproduction is a huge problem in the fashion industry. We analyse and estimate how many garments we think we will sell and produce these garments accordingly. We do not stockpile clothing as most of our pieces can be made within 1-4 weeks. This process helps to reduce waste raw materials and lower energy output.
The circular economy gives the fashion industry a sustainable model to aspire to. With every season we strive to make our clothing and footwear part of the circular economy. We use premium natural materials that are hard wearing and easy to care for. We design a large number of outerwear pieces that are reversible, giving the garments more appeal over time. Our knitwear pieces don’t release any micro-plastics in the wash unlike synthetic garments.
Close to home
Keeping 75% of production in the UK helps to lower the impact of harmful carbon emissions. We make all our sheepskin boots and slippers in our factory in Newquay. Wherever we can we source our materials from UK based businesses. When we can’t achieve this goal, we look to suppliers as close to home as possible.
We now use wooden pencils instead of disposable plastic pens. We compost all our organic waste, including tea bags (which is a lot). Metal staples are a thing of the past. Some staff are local and walk to work instead of drive. We recycle everything and anything, recently installing new bins in the offices and factory to make recycling easy. We use recycled paper for the production of our catalogues, the same catalogues can be fully recycled or sent back to us for green disposal.
Changes in the factory
Occasionally offcuts are produced from sheepskin slipper and boots production, we normally donate these offcuts to local schools or local charities like the Scrap Store. We have changed all our lighting to use energy efficient low energy bulbs. We use discarded pallets for exhibition stands and DIY projects at home or to heat our homes.
Sustainable work group
We have created an internal Sustainability Working Group who meet monthly to discuss topics such as our environmental impact, plastic reduction and energy consumption. Our main focuses include responsible disposal of all company waste and developing recycling education and initiatives.
There are lots of other ways we try and offset our carbon footprint and we're all actively keen to take this business into the next century as a leader of green business practices. We partner with other copmanies that share our passion for the enviroment incuding DPD who are driving change (excuse the pun) with a commitment to make every parcel they deliver carbon neutral.