We have set ourselves ambitious targets to reduce the use of single-use plastics throughout our supply chain. We need to be careful as often these plastics are protecting our fabrics or garments during transport and simply eliminating them would lead to more damage and wastage, easily outweighing the environmental cost of the plastics and compromising our core, “Durability = Sustainability” principle. Where we need to continue to use SUPs, we ensure that they are disposed of carefully and recycled where possible.
Target: 50% Reduction in SUP vs 2018 benchmark by end 2022
Water pollution through the dyeing and finishing process is a massive global problem. We ensure that all of the factories supplying fabric to our supply chain have full water treatment plants and are fully inspected and compliant with the most stringent environmental legislation.
Goal achieved: 100% certified clean waste water
Where we can, we plan to move to using recycled polyester. At present this fibre is more expensive and often doesn’t perform as well as “new fibre”, potentially compromising our “Durability = Sustainability” principle. However, we are working with suppliers at the forefront of this technology. By the end of 2019 we have committed to ensuring that 10% of our polyester is sourced from recycled sources (principally plastic bottles). We are targeting 25% by the end of 2020.
Target: 25% Recycled polyester purchases by end 2020
We are proud members of the Better Cotton Initiative/BCI. The Better Cotton Initiative/BCI connects people and organisations throughout the cotton sector, from field to store, to promote measurable and continuing improvements for the environment, farming communities and the economies of cotton-producing areas. By buying cotton products from Schoolblazer, you’re supporting the Better Cotton Initiative/BCI Farmers who use water efficiently, care for soil health and natural habitats, reduce use of the most harmful chemicals and respect workers’ rights and wellbeing. Better Cotton is sourced via a system of Mass Balance.
Target: We are committed to sourcing 50% of our cotton as Better Cotton by the end of 2022