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August 23, 2019 by Katie Lawter

Global Organic
Textile Standard (GOTS)

Every step of the supply chain is checked, from the organic cotton to the end product, where cultivation has less impact on our planet and the people who grow the cotton.

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Organic wool

All our wool is mulesing free. Organic wool comes from sheep that have been reared according to organic principles; this means that they eat organic feed and have access to plenty of outdoor space.

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Recycled polyester

Our recycled polyester comes from post-consumer PET bottles. Polyester comes from non-renewable sources. Using recycled polyester reduces the use of new fibers from these sources and conserves our planet’s resources.

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Recycled materials

Linings, waistbands or shell materials that are made of recycled polyester or polyamide. Using recycled polyester and polyamide reduces the use of new fibers from non-renewable sources and conserves our planet’s resources.

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Organic cotton

Organic cotton is grown without the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. This type of cultivation has less impact on our planet and the people who grow the cotton.

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Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)

We collaborate with the Better Cotton Initiative to create a brighter future for the farmers who grow the cotton and for the environment in which the cotton is grown.

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Recycled polyamide

Our recycled polyamide comes from discarded fishing nets. Polyamide comes from non-renewable sources. Using recycled polyamide reduces the use of new fibers from these sources and conserves our planet’s resources.

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IN ADDITION

In addition to our certifications, we have strict chemical restrictions. We are also members of a number of organizations and forums that aim to make our industry more sustainable, and we support the World Childhood Foundation and Human Bridge. We also have an Animal Welfare Policy that states that animals must be protected from unnecessary suffering and diseases. Our external suppliers must also comply with this policy.

Chemical restrictions

We work with a comprehensive list of restricted chemicals and are a member of the Chemicals Group, which influences industry development in chemical issues.
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Sweden Textile Water Initiative (STWI)

The STWI has developed guidelines for more sustainable water usage.
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BSCI

The Business Social Compliance Initiative is one of the world’s largest organizations for safe and fair conditions at factories and farms in global supply chains.
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Textile for recycling (T4RI)

The T4RI group aims to influence decision-makers and help the textile industry develop in the areas of reusing, recycling and incinerating used clothing.
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Human bridge

Whenever we can we donate surplus clothing to Human Bridge to be passed on to those in need.
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Animal Welfare

In those cases where animals may be harmed during production, we always choose another animal-friendly alternative.
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“The Earth is a hand-me-down, so our clothes should be handed down too”.

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is a world-leading standard and certification for textiles made of natural fibers. In order for a product to be certified and allowed to carry the GOTS logo, it must be made from organically grown cotton and be processed throughout the entire manufacturing chain in factories that are GOTS-certified by an independent body.

“Organic cotton” means cotton grown without the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. It is better for the environment and for the people working to grow cotton. Certification also includes strict regulations on wages and working conditions for everyone involved in the entire production chain from cotton growing to finished garment.

In addition to organic cotton, the GOTS criteria include chemical content and use, wastewater treatment, traceability and separation of products, as well as working conditions in the factories. Compliance with the criteria is audited by an independent body.

All our classic striped garments and one-color garments in white, red, blue and grey are GOTS certified. And each new collection contains more garments with this certification. You will find the GOTS symbol on the garment’s washing instruction label.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT GOTS HERE


Organic Cotton (GOTS)

Cotton is grown without the use of synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. This cultivation process is better for the environment and better for the people working on cotton plantations.


Organic Wool (GOTS)

All our wool is mulesing-free, including our organic wool. Organic wool must meet the same criteria as organic meat. These criteria relate to the well-being of the sheep that the wool comes from and the way farmers use the land on which the sheep graze.

The sheep are only allowed to eat organic feed and must have access to plenty of outdoor space. There are also rules stipulating the type and quantity of medicine that may be given to sheep that are ill, and sheep may not be given medicine unnecessarily. No synthetic pesticides or fertilizers may be used on the land on which the sheep graze.

While organic wool is still in short supply worldwide, we’re determined to slowly but surely increase our range of organic wool products.


Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)

The non-profit organization Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is on a mission to transform the global cotton industry for the sake of cotton growers, the environments in which cotton is grown and the sector’s future. We are supporting the organisation, as the initiative is a step in the right direction towards a more sustainable cotton industry. During the autumn of 2019, we have bought 2% of our cotton as Better Cotton.

Better Cotton is produced by farmers who:

  • use water efficiently and promote water stewardship
  • minimize the harmful impact of crop protection practices
  • care for the health of the soil
  • conserve natural habitats
  • care for and preserve fibre quality
  • promote decent working conditions.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE BETTER COTTON INITIATIVE HERE


Recycled polyester and polyamide

Polyester and polyamide come from non-renewable sources. Using recycled polyester and polyamide reduces the use of new fibres from these sources and conserves our planet’s resources. Some of our fleece garments, for example, are made from recycled polyester from post-consumer PET bottles. And our UV swimwear is made from recycled polyamide fibres from discarded fishing nets.


Chemical restrictions

At Polarn O. Pyret we always quality assure our products from an environmental and health perspective. Our goal is to work proactively on chemical issues, which in certain cases involves us going one step further than the legislation requires.

All Polarn O. Pyret’s water-repellent garments, i.e. most of the items in our outerwear range, are completely free from waterproofing agents containing perfluorinated substances, which are also known as PFCs. PFCs are widely used in waterproofing treatments to make textile surfaces dirt and water repellent. We have chosen to phase out these substances completely because of their negative effects on the environment and the health of people and animals. Since 2015 we have been using PFC-free waterproofing agents that satisfy not just our chemical requirements, but our quality and function requirements as well. The most common water-repellent finishing we use is BIONIC-FINISH® ECO.

For many years we have been using a comprehensive list of chemical restrictions that includes all the chemicals we prohibit. Certain substances are prohibited completely, while other substances are allowed in strictly limited quantities. The list is based on Swedish law, the European Union REACH Regulation on Chemicals, as well as the recommendations of industry organisations. Our chemicals criteria are monitored by spot checks carried out by third party laboratories, both during the manufacturing process and on garments for sale in our shops.

It is important to keep up-to-date with current chemical research. This is why Polarn O. Pyret is one of the over 100 members of the Chemicals Group at Swerea IVF. The purpose of the Group is to spread up-to-date information about chemical and environmental related issues, as well as act as a support and provide tools for working on chemical issues. We have been participating in this forum since 2006.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT T4RI HERE (Swedish)
FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CHEMICALS GROUP HERE (Swedish)


Sweden Textile Water Initiative (STWI)

We joined the Sweden Textile Water Initiative (STWI) in 2010 to team up with other Swedish textile companies to develop guidelines for more sustainable water use. Our membership of the network gives us access to information and is a way of sharing knowledge about efforts to ensure the guidelines are followed by suppliers.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT STWI HERE


Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI)

We are happy to cooperate with other operators to improve conditions for workers in the supply chain. This is why we joined the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI) in 2005. We use the same Code of Conduct as the more than 1,300 other BSCI companies, which gives added weight to discussions with suppliers.

Our requirements for approved working conditions are based on the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the ILO Conventions on Labour Rights. These are also summarised in our Code of Conduct and all our suppliers must undertake to work in accordance with the principles specified there.

The Code of Conduct includes requirements for:

– freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
– prohibition of discrimination
– reasonable pay
– reasonable working hours
– health and safety at work
– prohibition of child labour
– special protection for young workers
– prohibition of forced labour
– security of employment
– environmental impact
– corporate social responsibility and prohibition of bribery.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BSCI AND OUR CODE OF CONDUCT HERE


Textile for Recycling (T4RI)

We have been involved in the Textile for Recycling Initiative (T4RI) since 2014. T4RI wants to ensure the textile industry takes its share of the responsibility for firstly reusing and secondly recycling textiles in the best way, with incineration as the final option. It also wants to influence decision-makers to set up systems and laws for recycling textile waste, as no sustainable system currently exists for recycling clothes.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT T4RI HERE


Human Bridge

Whenever we can we donate surplus clothing to Human Bridge. They pass these clothes on to people in need. In autumn 2017 we sent our latest donation with around 9500 flawless garments.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HUMAN BRIDGE HERE


Animal Welfare

We want all animals to be well-treated and don’t see why any animal should have to suffer in order for us to make our clothes. This is why we have zero tolerance for mulesing, a painful process that involves cutting flaps of skin from around a Merino lamb’s breech and tail. Whenever we buy merino wool, we always require a certificate that mulesing has not been used in the process. We never use wool from Angora rabbits. We never use down or feathers in our products – advanced alternatives are now available that meet our requirements. We don’t use any type of real fur or real fur details either, and in the few cases we use hide or leather, we source it from meat industry by-products.


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