Managing post-consumer textile waste through reuse, recycling and improved design.
WE Fashion has a strategy to reduce the environmental impact of its product waste and has a process to track total sample volume, customer returns and damaged goods. Through credible due diligence processes, the brand ensures that customer returns and damaged goods are disposed of responsibly either through sample sales or recycling via third-parties, Sam’s Kledingactie and Caritas Switzerland. These foundational activities have resulted in a level 1 score of 94%.
WE Fashion maintains a post-consumer product collection programme and ensures the products are repurposed through Sam’s Kledingactie. The brand demonstrates that it has undertaken activities to increasingly reduce its use of physical samples and, since 2014, the brand has reduced its sample use by 84%. These activities have resulted in a level 2 score of 88%.
WE Fashion has started to implement a closed-loop project under ECAP. The brand is developing products with recycled fibres. There is an opportunity for the brand to further adopt closed loop principles and increase the proportion of products with lower end-of-life impacts. There is also room for the brand to proactively encourage consumers to minimise their product end-of-life impacts, resulting in a level 3 score of 24%.