It is our vision to become one of the most inspiring and conscious fashion brands in the world (this is an ambitious statement we know!). But we figured when it comes to our planet, we need to aim for the stars.
WE STRIVE TO MINIMISE HARM TO OUR PLANET IN ALL THAT WE DO.
To achieve this, we have begun measuring our impact in the areas of Supply Chain transparency, Sustainable Fibres, Environmental Footprint, Social Advocacy, Circularity and Giving Back – we are using this data to drive continuous improvement and refine the way we do things across our whole operations.
A note from our founders
We have entered the 4th year of our sustainability journey. What started as an emboldened mission to trace our supply chain and begin implementing sustainable fibres into our collections, has become a business-wide quest to always operate with people and planet at the forefront of our minds. Today, sustainability is at the core of every decision we make, every day we ask ‘are we walking lighter? Is this a force for good? Will it drive change?’
It’s a funny thing to be on a journey that, technically speaking, has no end. It’s not like we’ll get to some end point and ‘boom!’ we’re sustainable. But we are finding much purpose in measuring our impact and in doing so, challenging ourselves to continually better the way we do things.
One thing has become apparent to us, and that is our customers are well and truly invested in this journey. If, even for a moment, we thought our laurels were a nice place to rest – you guys have let us know quick smart that we need to work harder, that you expect more from us. And for keeping the fire under our proverbial butts burning bright, we are ever grateful.
If the past 18 months have been about finding more sustainable options for our conventional fabrications, the next will be about innovation. I want to focus on recycled (not just synthetics, but natural fibres as well), on better packaging, on integrating circular practices into the life cycle of our clothes and especially on finding ways to empower our workers around the globe.
As I recall that single email in 2016 that prompted us to begin this journey, I am reminded that one person (so why not one small, independent label!) can make a difference. So, keep telling us what is important to YOU and together lets walk a little lighter.Elizabeth & Isabella
If we continue on this path the impact on the environment
and communities will be disastrous
Farming raw materials, fibre creation and garment making processes all use resources, water, chemicals and energy, all of which impact the environment and our global society.
Change is coming... We are committed to being part of that change...
The below icons represent the overarching pillars of our sustainability strategy. Select an icon to see the vision we have for each pillar.
Supply Chain Transparency
(Social & Environmental Responsibility)
Social AdvocacyWe believe in global citizenship and as such we have a global family. We believe that people can live better lives if they have access to the global market place and we are proud to support Social Advocacy/ Artisan initiatives.
Our pledge is to have at least one social advocacy initiative per collection by 2025. Not only are we supporting marginalised people but we are honouring the tradition of hand making, which is at the heart of who we are. We also value the FAIRTRADE certification and aim wherever possible to track down artisan groups who are protected by Fair Trade organisation.
Sustainable FibresWe are committed to ensuring that our garments are made from the most sustainable fibres we can source. Our design and production team are continually working with material specialists to understand the sustainability implications and opportunities for each fibre.
Organic Cotton as well as sustainably produced, plant-based cellulose fibres and recycled/ regenerated synthetics are all being plugged into our supply chain. Please see our sustainable fibres page for further detail on how we are achieving this and the fibres and fabrics we are using. Visit our roadmap which details the timeline on how we plan to implement various sustainable fibres.
Dyes and PrintingOur aim is to ensure our print and dye houses use the most environmentally and ethically responsible products with certification focusing on responsible water, chemical and energy footprints.
FootprintWe are committed to knowing and minimising the environmental footprints of our garments. Water, waste and energy are on the radar and we plan to benchmark ourselves with the leaders in the textile industry. Ultimately, we hope to be part of a broader movement where the true cost of a garment will be available to consumers.
We are working with experts to help establish and finalise both domestic and international methodologies that are accepted by the sector and a variety of offset schemes. Reducing impacts are ideal and those remaining will be rendered neutral.
Circular FashionOur customers have always embraced the reuse and upcycling of garments and we are committed to helping our customers extend the life-cycle of their Spell pieces, (#vintagespell!!). However, reselling, upcycling and the renting economy is only a very small part of the circularity puzzle.
We are only at the beginning of our circularity efforts but we believe all inputs and outputs related to the production of our garments have the opportunity to be reused, recycled and regenerated.
This concept is known as circular fashion and our plan is to collaborate with other leaders in the sector to explore how this can be achieved. We have signed the Global Fashion Agenda (GFA), Circular Fashion 2017 Commitment, where we have set targets around regenerative fibres and circular design to be reached by 2020. The GFA releases a report annually on the signatories’ progress.
GIVING BACKWe have chosen to include Giving Back in our 2025 sustainability commitments because we see the importance of contributing to our local community and giving back to organisations who look after people and planet. We continue to support our partners who protect and mentor people in our local communities, and have also partnered with 1% for the Planet who focuses on not-for-profits who protect and nurture our planet.
Below are our key partnerships.
Canopy works with fashion brands to ensure their cellulose fibres (viscose, rayon, tencel, modal) are not contributing to the deforestation of ancient or endangered forests. We are beginning to move away from conventionally sourced rayon and viscose, moving towards more sustainably sourced cellulose fibres by Lenzing. But conventional cellulose, or ‘forest fibres’ still pose challenges throughout the supply chain, therefore the more we learn the better. As such we have become a signatory to the Canopy policy in order to utilise Canopy’s unique expertise and drive change across the fashion sector. Read the full Canopy Agreement here.
Circular Fashion Commitment
As of today, there are 64 companies (representing 142 brands) that have signed up to the Circular Fashion Commitment and we are very proud to be one of them.