OUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
We are aware of the environmental impact of the global textile business. Our planet’s well-being is at our heart and, therefore, we focus increasingly on issues involving respect for natural resources at all stages of LPP’s operations – from selecting raw materials for our garments through sales to the operation of our offices and logistics facilities. We know that work at the grass-root level is of major importance and, therefore, we make our employees aware of how they can make their every-day work environmentally friendly.
LPP SA’s key environmental activities in 2018:
- our stores and offices underwent energy audits,
- our new stores reduced their electric energy consumption thanks to advanced air-conditioning systems and LED lights,
- our new office buildings will be energy efficient structures,
- we recycle waste paper and plastic wrap.
Eco-friendly office rules – we will start first
- In every-day work, we use eco-friendly paper made from eucalyptus trees. Trees are planted for paper mill needs as part of support programmes for farmers. The raw material is processed so as to minimise water and energy consumption and with a low noise emission.
- For internal correspondence purposes, we have introduced reusable material envelopes to limit the use of disposable packaging.
- As a standard, in all company computers, double-sided printing in black and white is set. That may be changed if needed, of course. Used printer toners are recycled.
- We promote healthy life style and an ecological approach among LPP employees – more and more often, we change cars for company bicycles currently available in three Gdańsk offices.
Less paper cups
We promote multi-use ceramic coffee cups. In 2018, we held a competition for employees called Hug a Cup. More than 20 winners received ceramic cups with an original design devised by one of Reserved designers.
ACTIONS MINIMISING OUR ECOLOGICAL FOOTPRINT
- We offer sustainable design training sessions to Reserved and Cropp designers and merchandisers, covering environmental impacts of the textile industry, product life cycle, fabrics and textiles, sustainability certification.
- We introduced the ECO AWARE line to Reserved and specifically marked products made of eco-friendly materials. In 2019, all our brands will be offering such products.
- We abandoned natural fur and angora wool. By 2020, we plan to abandon mohair unless we find a responsible and humane way of its sourcing.
OUTSOURCING PRODUCTION TO MANUFACTURING PLANTS
- On all markets, we require our suppliers to accept LPP’s Code of Conduct. We obligate them, among others, to take environment protection measures.
- We carry out audits to verify the suppliers’ compliance with the Code’s requirements.
- As part of the ECO AWARE project, we organised textile collection in 20 largest Reserved store in Poland. Customers could donate clothing of any brand. All items collected were delivered to the St. Brother Albert Aid Society operating night shelters all over Poland.
LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORT
- When importing products, we mainly use maritime transport.
- We reuse ca. 30% of cartons.
- Mohito and Reserved products are sent to customers in recycled cartons.
- New cartons we use are approved by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).
- We use a document management system to reduce our page use.
- Our distribution centres use smart lights reacting to sunlight intensity.
- We replaced previously used lighting with LED lights.
- We try to use furniture from locations to be closed in other renovated brand stores.
- In 2018, we reclaimed 30% of hangers to be disposed of.
- All newly opened stores are equipped with energy-efficient LED lighting a smart ventilation system.
- In large Reserved brand stores, we place containers for second-hand clothes.
- In all brands, we use e.g. bags made of recycled materials (with Mohito using 100% of recycled bags and packaging).
- Waste fluorescent lamps and light bulbs are recycled or disposed of by specialised companies.
- We collect waste batteries and recycle them.
ECO AWARE – THE ECO-FRIENDLY APPROACH TO FASHION
So several years now, Reserved collections comprised products made of organic cotton. In the last AW collection, the Reserved brand offered an additional premium line made in 40% of ecological fabrics. We plan that, in 2019, the number of ecological products in the brand’s entire offer will increase to a few percent.
Materials from certified sources in the Eco Aware collection:
It is grown using ecological methods and means, in line with natural environmental processes and taking care of sustainable use of water resources in the manufacturing process.
TENCEL™ Lyocell is an eco-friendly fabric made of wood pulp cellulose. Having great breathing properties, it will give comfort to people with allergies.
These are all fabrics given a second life. Recycled materials reduce waste quantities and the consumption of water, energy and other resources.
This is a very resilient fabric made of a plant having the same name. It is a great choice for environmentally aware people.
It is resistant to friction and stretch and, being biodegradable over time, it is environmentally friendly.
RESPONSIBLE SOURCING OF RAW MATERIALS
The ethical sourcing of raw materials to manufacture our clothing is of key importance for us. That is why, in 2014, we stopped using angora wool in our collections and, in 2016, we abandoned natural fur. By 2020, we will give up mohair unless we find a responsible and humane way of its sourcing.
Mohito cooperates only with suppliers holding valid certificates and ensuring decent and ethical methods of sourcing down for Mohito coats, thus meeting the Responsible Down Standard (RDS) for responsible down production.
“We are all sensitive people aware of how we impact the environment. We want to create beautiful and timeless fashion as well as to promote values associated with our collections.”
We encourage our customers to go green. In 2018, 20 of Reserved stores collected hand-me-down clothes and donated them to people in need through the LPP Foundation. Customers could bring garments from any brand and clothes were donated to the Saint Brother Albert Aid Society, an organisation supporting the homeless and the poor.
MODERN E-COMMERCE PACKAGING
We want our parcels to be easy to unpack and used for product return. To that end, we are continuously developing new improvements. The new design currently implemented at LPP is also more convenient for the fulfilment centre’s employees, saving them precious seconds in the packing process. Boxes are also more durable thanks to high load bearing capability. Their double bottom makes them more difficult to be accessed by unauthorised persons.