Creating more sustainable products, through using more sustainable materials and intermediate processing techniques.
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WE Fashion has a comprehensive strategy to reduce the environmental impact of its products, which centres on integrating more sustainable fibres into its collections. Responsibility and resources to deliver this strategy have been allocated. WE Fashion maintains policies such as a Restricted Substance List (RSL) and has a process to manage supplier compliance. WE Fashion also monitors and measures the material composition of its products and has systems in place to collate chain of custody certificates to back up sustainable material claims. These foundational activities have resulted in a score of 94% at level 1.
WE Fashion has set year-on-year sustainable material targets, which include integrating more sustainable fibres into 50% of its collection by 2020. In 2016, 13.9% of WE Fashion’s collection was produced using more sustainable materials, materials used includes Organic Cotton, Better Cotton, Linen, Tencel and Recycled Polyester. As part of its strategy, WE Fashion has become a member of the Better Cotton Initiative and the Dutch Covenant. WE Fashion has a supplier portal which raises awareness of its sustainability goals and policies. WE Fashion could establish a baseline environmental impact per processing technique. This is reflected in a score of 79% at level 2.
WE Fashion has demonstrated some best practice. The brand offers knowledge building to direct suppliers, to encourage increased use of sustainable materials in the brand’s collections through its supplier portal. There is room for the brand to integrate more sustainable materials into its overall collection including trims, and to use more sustainable intermediate processing techniques. Furthermore, the brand could implement a process to increase the traceability of its products and be able to identify the suppliers of its products from direct suppliers to raw material. These activities have resulted in the level 3 score of 13%.