We have a responsibility towards the environment. We wish to contribute to a more sustainable industry and thus a more sustainable future. Our aim is to minimize the environmental impact of our products over their whole life-cycle.
It is critical that we are able to offer our customers products that are not harmful. Product safety is a top priority and our dedicated teams work to ensure that our products are made to strict safety standards.
We have developed a set of chemical restrictions that all manufacturers undertake to follow. These requirements are regularly revised and followed up by strict testing procedures. Manufacturers are obligated to carry out tests during production in order to ensure that the finished products do not contain restricted substances. We collaborate with several nominated laboratories that assist manufacturers and buyers throughout this process.
We are member of Kjemikaliegruppen (the Chemical Group) in Sweden, an interest group lead by the research institute Swerea that gather clothing companies that aim to reduce the use of chemicals in their production processes.
Single use plastic products are the number one source of trash in the oceans. This has a major effect on fish, birds, all ocean wildlife, and ultimately people. A report from the Ellen MacArthur foundation predicts that by 2050, plastic in the oceans will outweigh fish.
As a response to the EU directive 2015/720, Dressmann has started charging for our plastic carrier bags as an effort to reduce the overall consumption of plastic.
All profits from the sales of our bags will go to environmental projects that contribute to sustainable development.
The first project we are supporting is MinShed, a research project that will investigate how to eliminate shedding of micro-plastics from textile fibers.
Read more at: https://www.swerea.se/en/MinShed
Dressmann’s plastic bags are made of over 80% post-consumer recycled material, and can also be recycled. They are designed for over 125 uses, and can be cleaned by washing with water and dish-soap, and turned inside out to dry.
The most important thing to be aware of is to reduce the consumption of plastic bags, re-use them as long as possible, and ensure they get recycled when they can no longer be re-used. By making simple choices, we can make a big impact, and reverse the trend of plastic pollution.
BETTER COTTON INITIATIVE
We are committed to improving cotton farming practices globally with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI).
Cotton is one of the world’s most important fibers and is widely used in the garment industry. However, the environmental impact of cotton production is substantial with high water consumption and extensive use of pesticides, insecticides and fertilizer.
This is why Dressmann, as a part of Varner, has joined the Better Cotton Initiative. (BCI) http://bettercotton.org/
The Better Cotton Initiative exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future.
2016 marks the start of our journey with BCI. By 2020, Dressmann is committed to sourcing 90 % of our total cotton as Better Cotton.
By working together with factories, we strive to minimize our environmental impact. Considerable amounts of water is used in the production of textiles, and proper treatment of discharged water it is essential. Factories must have a program dedicated to reducing emissions and strive to optimize the use of resources.
Factories must have a system to control and manage the use of chemicals during the production process. The workers must be equipped with protective equipment and receive proper training.
Through company inspections and continuous dialogue, we work to ensure that factories do not violate environmental regulations and work to improve environmental management systems.
Clean, accessible water for all is an essential part of the world we want to live in. Ensure sustainable water management and access to water for all is one of UN’s 17 Sustainability Development Goals to be achieved within 2030.
Water usage in the textile industry is extremely high and occur at each stage of the lifecycle of textiles. Cotton is one of the most water-intensive agricultural crops and significant amount of water is used in the garment production. This is why, we as an industry, have an important responsibility to continuously improve our efforts in this field.
Dressmann, as a part of Varner, has a goal to increase the use of organic certified cotton and BCI-labelled cotton in our garments. We set strict requirements to our producers with regards to water usage, chemical handling, waste management and emissions.
In 2016, as the first Norwegian brand, we became a member of the Sweden Textile Water Initiative, STWI. Together with other brands we cooperate to improve the water impact in the production process.
Dressmann, as a part of Varner, has a goal to reduce the amount of left-over products. We have a collaboration with Fretex (The Salvation Army) to which our left-over products are donated. Products that do not meet our environmental, health and safety requirements can not be donated, and are responsibly disposed of.
The garments are either donated by the charity organization for re-use or sold by the organization to generate money for charitable purposes. Garments that are not suitable for wearing are reclaimed directly for energy production.