Sustainability is pervasive in all areas of Gina Tricot. We care deeply about it and feel that it is simply part of our DNA and how we are wired. Sustainability is important every step of the way, from design to the finished products we sell and how they are reused or recycled. We apply a circular approach of regeneration that covers the entire product lifecycle. And, we continuously work with sustainability. The point of departure is our own long-term goals that stretch until 2028. But we also consider and apply the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on economic, social and environmental development.
Sustainability is particularly challenging and important in the textile industry. It requires staying up-to-date on the latest developments and becoming experts on both finding and creating sustainable materials. We must also understand how our operations impact the world around us, so that we can be a part of the solution. We want to help improve our industry by setting high goals and through dedicated efforts that permeate our entire organization. It is fundamental that everyone in our industry applies a circular, regenerative approach to sustainability, while striving to be a positive force for change wherever they operate.
We are certainly aware of the clothing industry’s impact on both people and the environment. We know what challenges we face. It’s no easy task, but we must take responsibility, become even more “circular” in our approach and discover new, innovative, sustainable solutions. We monitor and are involved in research on this subject, with the objective of finding more climate-neutral production methods, fibres and resources.
We have 10 years remaining to meet our goals for 2028, but we’ve already made some significant progress. Nearly 50% of our products in 2018 were manufactured from more sustainable fibres and we are constantly on the lookout for new, innovative fibres with a lower environmental impact.
In the countries that manufacture our garments (China, Turkey and Bangladesh), we have local offices with staff who are dedicated to CSR and sustainability. It increases our presence and helps us monitor the efforts and progress of our manufacturing partners there.
Sustainable consumption and production is one of our main sustainability goals. To achieve it, we need both innovation and good partnerships. We are currently working with materials that are more environmentally sustainable and as of 2018, nearly 50% of our garments were manufactured from sustainable materials.
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From an environmental perspective, we’re striving to transport in smarter ways, also using less space. Gina Tricot is part of the One Bag Habit initiative, which aims at lowering the consumption of plastic bags and increasing awareness on the negative environmental impact of plastic bags. We are also focusing on lowering water consumption, primarily in conjunction with denim production.
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97% of our employees are women and we sell products for women. So, for Gina Tricot, equality and women’s rights are obviously very important to us. Our strong collaborations help support women on many levels, across the entire globe. Examples are: Dress for Success, UN Women & UNICEF.
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