At palmer//harding, we have always implemented certain sustainable practices, however there is always more we can do. We are consciously making even more of an effort to improve our footprint and contribute more responsibly towards the world that we are all a part of.
This change won’t be overnight but will be something we are continuously working on improving. While there may still be some unsustainable elements to our operations, we will be making a conscious effort to improve this moving forward.
The following lists explains some of our current practices as well as our plans for improvement.
Our Carbon Footprint
At palmer//harding we are proud of our low carbon footprint:
- We produce (95%) of our garments in Europe ensuring the distance a garment has to travel from factory to our studios is minimised.
- With the majority of our garments, the fabric is produced in the same country as the factory. This limits the amount of travel required to make each garment.
- We donate to Pachama to offset the carbon foot print of all our B2C shipping. To learn more about the work that Pachama do, please click here.
To insure that we find a balance between design, quality and sustainability:
- Cottons: since launching our brand in 2011 we have used majority Better Cotton Industry (BCI) cotton in our garments. Where this hasn’t been possible we have insured that the Cottons we use are Oeko-Tex and REACH certified.
- Linens: Linen is one of the most biodegradable fabrics. It is strong, naturally moth resistant and made from flax plant fibres, so when untreated (eg not dyed) it is fully biodegradable. Flax, the plant which linen is made, is also extremely versatile and every part of the flax plant has traditionally been used to create a worthwhile product- nothing is wasted.
- Starting from Spring 21, when choosing fabrics for our collection we will prioritise sustainable fabrics fibres first. This includes Better Cotton Industry (BCI) and organic for cotton, Linens, Global Recycled Standard (GRS) for polyester and EcoVero Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) approved sustainable Viscose and Mulesing free wools to name a few.
- Where a desired fabric or quality is not an option in a fully sustainable fibre, we will request for our mills to replace the highest amount of sustainable fibre possible without compromising the creative integrity of the design.
- Where neither is possible we will continue to only use fabrics that are Oekotex and Sustainable textile Production (STeP) approved, so that the weaving, dying and finishing treatments are free from environmentally harmful chemicals and people are treated fairly in the production process.
- We do not use any fur, leather, or feathers.
In an effort to reduce our plastic footprint:
- For the past 2 years all plastic packaging used to ship our garments to retailers have been replaced with a 100% compostable alternative.
- For the past 18 months all shipping boxes have been switched to FSC certified cardboard, produced from responsibly managed forests or post-consumer waste.
- We are in the process of eliminating our single use brand box used in e-commerce for a multi purpose branded tote bag that is 100% organic cotton and ethically made.
- We use only recycled paper for our printing needs.
- The tissue used in e-commerce is recycled and recyclable.
- Our swing labels are made from recycled paper.
- Our studio runs off green energy.
- We have eliminated plastic single use hangers and are working to eliminate all virgin plastic from our supply chain
- All printing is done on recycle paper
You can help your garments last longer and reduce their environmental impact by caring for them with help from the list outlined below:
- Wash on low temperatures (on 30 degrees or less).
- Only dry clean when absolutely necessary and use an eco-friendly service.
- Avoid tumble drying.
- Iron less (hang your clothes to dry).
- Repair and keep your garments (please contact us if you have any questions).