The misuse of chemicals within the fashion industry has caused huge damage to local environments, especially waterways and has inflicted significant negative health impacts on those working with them. A 2012 study estimates that up to 20 percent of all industrial water pollution is from the dyeing and finishing of textiles.
We are restricting the use of hazardous chemicals in our supply chain by monitoring our textile production processes. We comply with the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) monitored restricted substances list (MRSL) to ensure the zero use of legally banned chemicals and restricted use of potentially harmful substances in our clothing.
Many of our suppliers share our commitment and hold third party certifications certifications around responsible water and chemical use. These organisations such as GOTS, OEKO-TEX® and Bluesign certify the restriction of hazardous chemicals. By the end of 2020 we aim to have 100% of our virgin sourced fabrics certified by at least one reputable chemical management certification body.
For all of our suppliers, including those who are not third-party certified, we require them to be signed up to our Supplier Code of Conduct which includes parameters around the responsible use of chemicals and water management.