Sustainability Report Q3

Sustainability Report
Q3 - July - September 2019
Big companies report their profits in quarterly earnings reports.
 We think companies should be accountable for more than just profits. Our Sustainability at Reformation framework sets our goals and priorities for the next few years. Here is an update 
on our progress so far.
Big companies report their profits in quarterly earnings reports. We think companies should be accountable for more than just profits. Our Sustainability at Reformation framework sets our goals and priorities for the next few years. Here is an update on our progress so far.
Traceability of our stuff
Traceability is about knowing where our things come from. We want to be able to answer “who made our clothes” at every level of the supply chain to ensure positive environmental and social impacts of our stuff. We’ve shared all the info about our factories, and now we want to go deeper about our materials. The production of materials is a complex process (which makes up Tiers 2-5 below) that includes growing or creating the raw materials, processing it into a fiber, spinning the yarn, weaving or knitting it into a fabric, and then dyeing or printing and finishing it.
Tiers of our Supply Chain
We are dedicated to supply chain transparency so we can confidently stand by our sustainable product claims and create positive change. We do this by creating strong relationships with our suppliers, and selecting core fiber and fabric producers that meet our standards.

But we still have a lot of work to do – supply chains are fragmented and complex. We’ve been building systems in order to better track and evaluate lower tiers of our supply chain. Right now we request supply chain mapping information (aka the supplier contact and location of specific processes and materials) and verify relevant facility certifications and a chronological paper trail for all materials. Our next focus is on real-time assurance, monitoring and developing relationships further down in the supply chain (Tiers 3+!) to ensure fair, safe and healthy conditions for everyone behind your Ref stuff.

Our goal for 2019 was to reach 100% traceability into our Tier 1 & 2 suppliers. We made it! Here’s a quick breakdown of our traceability progress in every tier of our supply chain.*
Traceability Performance
Fiber performance
Up to two-thirds of our sustainability impact happens at the raw materials stage—before the clothes have actually been made. Fiber selection also affects how you’re going to wash the garment and potentially recycle it one day - both important factors to consider when it comes to the environmental impact. That’s why we have our own Ref fiber standards. We tried to make these standards as holistic as possible, taking into consideration water input, energy input, land use, eco-toxicity, greenhouse gas emissions, human toxicity, availability and price.

We’re so close to our goal of having 75% of our fabrics meet A/B ratings in 2019.***
Ref × Osomtex

Waste is the worst. Less than 1% of material used to make clothing is recycled into new fabrics, which is equivalent to wasting $100 billion worth of materials each year. That’s why we partner with Osomtex to upcycle our fabric scraps from our Factory in Los Angeles. Scraps will be used to make new materials.




Impact so far in 2019:

39,065
pounds of fabric scraps up-cycled

Equivalent savings:888,119 lbs of CO2

3,945,174gallons of water


Sexy Math
Here’s our impact from last quarter:
Here is what percentage we saved this quarter
compared to most clothes bought in the US:

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