It’s safe to say that 2020 will be a big year for us when it comes to sustainability.
Last year we announced our plans to source more sustainable cotton from our own-brand clothing and soft home textile products, we also pledged to reduce our plastic usage and make our packaging 100% recyclable by 2025.
But as a business, our commitments to the planet surrounding the sustainability of our products and supply chain doesn’t end there.
Part of our denim range for Spring 20 which launches in February will be made through the MADE IN GREEN scheme by OEKO-TEX. These products come with a traceable label that has a QR code on it which allows you to view part of the journey your product has been on before it gets to a store or George.com. This year, 50% of our womens denim offering will be sourced through the MADE IN GREEN scheme.
MADE IN GREEN was created by OEKO-TEX - a worldwide association of independent institutes for product safety and sustainable production in the textile industry - the scheme provides full product traceability through a business product and supply chain.
Through the scheme, you are able to find out exactly what factory made your item of clothing and it also ensures that the product is free from harmful levels of more than 300 substances.
It also guarantees that the item has been manufactured using sustainable processes under environmentally friendly and socially responsible working conditions - which is great news for your wardrobe and the planet!
At present, the denim jeans below have been verified through this scheme. This number will be increasing this year.
We spoke to our womenswear design team here at George and they told us 'We are committed to transparency and talking to our customers about this. We’re excited to be able to show our customers the individual journey their products have been on.
'We are working towards developing more garments through the MADE IN GREEN scheme and in 2020, 50% of our women’s denim will have been produced in a more environmentally friendly way, with the aim to continually increase this figure.'
HOW DOES THE MADE IN GREEN SCHEME WORK?
So we bet you are wondering how the MADE IN GREEN Scheme actually works? Each item labelled with a MADE IN GREEN tag can be traced using a unique product code of QR code, which is printed on the swing ticket.
Simply scan the code by using your smartphone and let the technology take you on the production journey of your purchases. The code then links to a map showing our supply chain partners that have helped to create your new denim dress, you can see the mill that has produced the fabric, the factory that has sewn it together, and the facility that has washed this gament too.