Our Conscious Nation
CREATING OUR FUTURE CONSCIOUSLY
Recycled, sustainable, low-impact, conscious and compostable.
At P.E Nation, we are continuing our journey to produce conscious fashion, valuing sustainability and protection of the planet.
The fashion landscape is changing and sustainability, now, more than ever is a responsibility we all share. We welcome this important change to our business and invite you to join us in creating Our Conscious Nation, which seeks to raise awareness and offer transparency around our commitment to holistically implementing meaningful and sustainable business practices, in order to reduce our impact on the environment, across every aspect of production, right through to packaging and delivery.
Our 100% organic cotton tanks and tees launched in July and are closely followed in August by our first sustainable capsule called STRIKE SET featuring Vita Power by Carvico, a type of fabric pioneered in Italy made of ECONYL® regenerated Nylon, which boasts a 4-step closed loop regeneration process. An additional seven sustainable pieces will be released in October including our LEAD RIGHT and FLEX IT sets, which are part of Our Conscious Nation, incorporating sustainable and recycled fabrics. By Q1 2020, close to half our range will be constructed in line with Our Conscious Nation ethos, proudly executing an already significant improvement on our environmental impact, with more to come.
We are continuously building on our sustainability practices, in-line with further advancements in the field of innovative fabric development.
In addition to fabric-based improvements, we have transitioned our packaging to be fully recyclable. We have partnered with The Better Packaging Co and introduced compostable envelopes and satchels and the P.E Nation drawstring bags are now made from rPET (material made using recycled PET plastic). We next introduce our new recyclable cardboard boxes and a compostable black roll-down bag to further reduce our environmental impact. Our labels and swing tags have been re-designed, incorporating recycled cardboards and post-consumer waste plastics (rPET) will be introduced for all swing tags, while all woven and care labels will be comprised of 100% recycled polyester yarns. Heat press printing will be introduced by Q1 2020 to further reduce environmental impact, and P.E Nation’s iconic patches will also be made from recycled materials, appearing on the sleeves of bold jackets and sweats throughout the range.
And this is just the beginning.
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BEST PRACTICE & ETHICAL SOURCING
P.E Nation as a brand of the Hot Springs business are proud members of Sedex, Australian Trusted Trader and Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI).
We recognise our role and responsibilities in protecting human rights across our supply chain through ethical and sustainable business engagement with our supply chain partners whilst incorporating a commitment to upholding the United Nations Guiding Principles on business and human rights (UNGPs) and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) core conventions.
Our membership of SEDEX; a global organisation dedicated to driving improvements in Ethical and Sustainably responsible sourcing business practices across all levels of supply chains supports our commitment to operate and manage a responsible sourcing program that provides workers with safe working environments that ensures their Human Rights whilst enabling protection of their rights to free speech and remediation of grievances in a working environment supported by ongoing improvement programs and initiatives.
Hotsprings Brands are committed to ensuring the well-being of all workers across our Supply Chain. We collaborate with our vendors to assist with and ensure compliance with appropriate National, Regional, and International laws whilst complying with regulations and conventions within the countries in which they operate (link to factory list) and we work together with recognised compliance audit programs to continually monitor any non-compliances and provide all necessary corrective action and improvement programs.
The ETI is a globally recognised foundation that strives to influence, train and support businesses to act responsibly and promote best practices in Ethical Trading whilst also improving Sustainability and Environmental Standards. They are aligned with respected NGOs including Oxfam which assists our business to build on our commitments to better understand the impacts that our sourcing programs has on the world around us.
As a foundation member of the ETI, Hotsprings actively works with its supply chain partners to develop and improve business operations where workers are treated with dignity and respect and as our Ethical and Social Compliance journey continues to always conduct business operations to the requirements of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base code as set out below as minimum requirements whilst also improving sustainability and environmental standards.
We have a total commitment to having our Supply Chain working with us and the ETI and SEDEX in achieving our goals reflected in the ETI Vision of ensuring workers the provision of decent work, ensuring protection for the vulnerable, access to rights, a living wage and dignity for all, free from exploitation and abuse whilst providing opportunity for personal growth.
For more information please refer to the following links:
ETI Base code:
1. Employment is freely chosen
2. Freedom of association
3. Working conditions are safe and hygienic
4. Child labour shall not be used
5. Living wages are paid
6. Working hours are not excessive
7. No discrimination is practiced
8. Regular employment is provided
9. No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed
SUSTAINABILITY AND THE ENVIRONMENT
P.E nation are committed to ensuring that our products and sourcing programs are focused on reducing environmental impacts by uptake of initiatives and projects including:
- Incorporation of Sustainable Development Goals in line with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
- Further uptake of Product Materials Sustainability programs including Certification to Global Recycled Standard GRS 4.0; Oeko-Tex 100 Certification of fabrics and materials; Global Organic Textiles Standard GOTS; Yarns certification to Organic Cotton Standard OCS 2.0; Regenerated Cellulose products comprising various Viscose Rayon and Bamboo Viscose with certification to Forest Stewardship Council Program FCS
- Review of our operations to better assess our present Carbon emissions performance and to initiate appropriate programs aimed at achieving a defined company Carbon Emissions Reduction commitment
- We have committed to engage in partnership with a Internationally recognised Sustainability Project partner including HIGG INDEX developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and will follow the timelines as set out below:
- Complete full tracing of our Supply chain beyond current 100% Apparel Factories tracing thru to Dyehouses, Fabric Mills and Fibre supply by the end of Qtr1 2022.
- Complete research into the most appropriate Sustainability Program partner by mid-2022 and engage with them to begin to Quantify our current Carbon Footprint and Greenhouse Gas emission levels by the end of 2023 and to publish results at that time.
- From the beginning of 2024 we will be in a position to commit to 30% GHG emissions by the end of 2030 and be able to take up further initiatives to reduce our Carbon Footprint inline with the 2018 UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Change.