Q2 Sustainability Report
Here’s our impact from last quarter:
Our most sustainable fibers include TENCEL™ Lyocell, REFIBRA™ Lyocell, TENCEL™ Modal, better viscose, recycled cotton, recycled wool, recycled cashmere, recycled polyester, recycled nylon, and deadstock fabric. We still have some work to do in sourcing cleaner viscose for all our running qualities but have some good leads, so stay tuned for some more updates in Q3! (1)
We are working with our fabric mills, dyehouse and printers to pursue Bluesign,Oeko-tex, and similar certifications to ensure responsible use of chemicals, and that products are safe for you and the environment. Our biggest wins so far are silk, linen and swim fabrics. We’ve had a few setbacks with two partner mills who were working towards certifications but it was either cost prohibitive or has taken longer than anticipated. With these partners, we’re working on certifying inks used and testing fabrics to ensure all our products meet our standards. (1)
Up to two-thirds of clothes’ environmental impact happens once you take it home. If you hand wash or machine-wash your stuff in cold water, you can help prevent 500 lbs of CO2 from entering the atmosphere every year. Our goal is to make 75% of our products low impact garment care to make it easier for you to give back to the Earth. Garment care is based on the fabric, but also product design. Over the last quarter we have produced a lot of constructed garments like bridal and dresses with pretty ruffles making hand and machine washing difficult. But we are still tracking 70% to goal, and will try to close that gap!
Status: 16,758 garments
There are actually enough clothing and textiles in existence today to meet our global annual demand. Circularity eliminates the concept of waste and reuses + recycles materials back into the fashion system. We have been working on a handful of projects to incorporate circularity in all steps of the value chain. For Earth Day, we collaborated with the resale platform Depop to help circulate gently loved Ref stuff into your closets so our garments have a second chance at romance. We’ve been promoting RefRecycling more as well as our vintage stores in the LES and on Melrose. Thanks to all of you we have already circulated 16,758 garments back into the system! But this is just the beginning, stay tuned.
Right now over 90% of all of our teams make more than CA State Minimum Wage. We’ve been setting the groundwork for our living wage goals by developing an incentive structure for manufacturing teams and driving for better efficiency in our factory. We’re making some big changes in July so we should be on track to meet our goal of 75%+ of our team members at or above Los Angeles’ living wage threshold in 2018 (as defined by MIT), and push for 100% in 2019.
100% supply chain traceability of all products
We have some exciting supply chain mapping updates on our website coming soon so you can have more insight into our sustainable manufacturing partners.
Updated fiber standards
Our team has been busy looking at the most up-to-date research of the environmental impact of fibers that we currently use in order to create a ranking to better assist us in designing more sustainable products. We’re excited to release this next quarter!