The environmental footprint of the fashion industry is significant and we take our responsibility to reduce our impact seriously.
In order to reduce our carbon footprint, we are taking conscious steps to assess the impacts of our business. We are committed to working towards a low impact future by reducing the impacts of how we make our products by making our design process more circular - substituting our conventional raw materials with more responsible alternatives, as well as lower impact manufacturing methods and supporting a longer life cycle.
We are working towards reducing the impacts of transport and distribution, while expanding the use of renewable energy and improving efficiencies in the buildings where we operate, design and sell our products, as well as encouraging our supply chain partners to do the same.
EIM Low-Impact Score
We know the manufacturing process has an impact on the environment - with each stage playing a key role - and we are working towards reducing ours. We have been collaborating with our supply chain partners to identify lower impact and more responsible production methods that enable our products to be made with as little impact on the planet as possible.
Currently, the majority of our denim is assessed using the Jeanologia Environmental Impact Measurement software (EIM) which was created to measure and monitor the environmental impact of garment finishing.
Measured across four categories including water consumption, energy consumption, chemical impact and workers health, the EIM software quantifies our impact in each stage and then benchmarks against an environmental threshold, producing three impact scores that have allowed us to develop lower impact washes and finishes season after season.
Any product that carries a EIM Low-Impact label has been finished with less energy, less water, less chemicals and better protection for workers health. We are working towards achieving an EIM Low-Impact score for every denim piece.
Switching to responsible materials
Over the last four years, Phase Eight has questioned where and how the raw materials we use are grown and produced, supporting us to make better decisions and source more responsible material alternatives that address key issues such as traceability, land management and agriculture, biodiversity, animal welfare and decent work.
Studies have shown that the global apparel and footwear industries account for an estimated 4% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions and a staggering 50% of that is emitted in the raw material extraction and material production processes alone. By collectively addressing the ways in which our products are made and the materials we use, we can drive significant reductions and help to regenerate the earth's precious resources.
Our transition to more responsible alternatives is underpinned by a due-diligence framework and third-party certification. Where Phase Eight is not certified itself, we always aim to obtain certification up to the finished product where possible.Find out more about the responsible fibres we use
Reducing our single use plastic
We will continue to reduce the amount of single-use plastic we use and address energy efficiencies, waste reduction, increasing recycling and reducing the use of water and virgin single use-plastic as well as addressing the responsible management of chemicals.
We are working towards using paper and cardboard from FSC Registered sources in all our packaging.
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