This is our first Sustainability Report and a stepping stone to our brand and business.
We are excited to share with you our environmental and social achievements and challenges we’re facing in the upcoming years.
Scroll through a summary of the report - at the end there's also a link for the full version.
Get to know the reduced impact of our garments from different lines.
Our recycled yarn is made from pre-consumer waste from portuguese factories, collected by J.Gomes, our recycling partner. Afterwards, the waste comes into the factory to be selected, both by fiber and color.
Their recycling process is 100% mechanical, thus is waterless, chemical free and certified by GRS - Global Recycled Standard.
By using recycled we can save up to 11Kg of CO2 per Kg of fiber and up to 79% in water acidification and eutrophication.
When producing something new we always take into account the environmental impact of our choices - every fabric we use is produced in Portugal.
When choosing a new fabric we take into account factors like CO2 emissions.
By using lyocell we reduce our CO2 emissions by 72.5% comparing to polyester, or when using linen we need 60% less water compared to conventional cotton saving 307L of water per Kg of fiber on its production
We believe that using what already exists is always better than producing new - with that in mind we wanted to better understand the impact (or lack thereof) we had while using deadstock fabrics and found out that when using deadstock
that doesn’t need transformation it has zero impact, e.g “zero burden”. So this line only has an impact in the manufacturing process of clothing.
The “zero-burden” assumption is commonly used in Life Cycle Assessment and considers that waste streams are burden-free, when there’s no need to process waste and use more energy, meaning everything that comes from waste is burden-free, therefore has no impact.
Instead of plastic mailers because, even though they have a higer impact in production, when looking at their end of life, 83% is recycled, with a further 7% collected for recovery of some of its value through other means such as incineration.
To help the recycling process we use paper tape to close our envelopes, making all the disposal and sorting process easier.
When it comes to delivering our products, unfortunately we still don’t have the full picture regarding our ecological footprint.
We’re working with UPS Carbon neutral to offset the carbon emissions of all European Union’s orders, and according to their 2019 report, since 2010 they have compensated the equivalent to more than 100 thousand tons of CO2 per year.
A single shirt produces over 87Kg of CO2 in its distribution and over 50% is related to returns. The average return rate for clothing products in Europe is around 19% and our strategy to decrease our impact during distribution happens right here.
During our return process we’re able to gather information about the reasons why our products are returned allowing us also to review and improve in different areas pointed by our customers.
In 2020, returns represent only 9% of our total orders, which is 50% less the usual return rate on clothing products in Europe. If we take the shirt example into account this means we save 21.75Kg of CO2 for every shirt, the equivalent of a 86Km car ride.
Our supply chain mainly consists of small-scale factories with less than 50 workers, especially in the sewing process. Our biggest suppliers are the trimming partners. To obtain a more accurate picture of our supply chain workers we’ve decided to use the Median, instead of the average, as it reflects better the number of workers each of our suppliers have.
In every 50 workers, usually 35 of them are men and 15 are women.
Impact in the Community and Region
Our production is based mostly in the Center of Portugal, and in 2019 it represented 42% of all our production costs. In this region we work closely with partners that play a very important role in their communities.
For example, Malhas Pinto Lucas, our knitting partner, is located in Loriga, a very small municipality in the Guarda District, with only 1053 inhabitants, and in a region where the average family has 4 people, employing 38 means they’re impacting indirectly more than 150 people, almost 15% of the total population of Loriga.