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SUSTAINABILITY

We are an ethically and sustainably conscious brand. We are continuously educating ourselves on the problems related to fashion manufacturing and we are actively improving our brand, one step at a time.





A recent report published by Global Fashion Agenda in 2020, states that the fashion industry is accountable for 4% of the global GHG emissions, 20% of industrial water pollution globally, and workers face issues such as hazardous environment and low wages. Just in 2018, the industry produced 2.1 billion tonnes of Greenhouse Gas Emissions. If no further action is taken over the next decade, these numbers will likely rise to 2.7 billion tonnes a year by 2030.

We, as a brand and as individuals, understand the delicate interconnections that are present within all living beings, from which our collective wellbeing depends. Following this mindset, we can assure you that Doyenne is working extremely hard to take meaningful steps towards ensuring that everything that we make is created in full respect of our ecosystem.

We appreciate your understanding that for small independent brands like ours, becoming completely sustainable is challenging to say the least. However, Doyenne’s very existence has started in reaction to challenges; we are firm believers that no problem is too big if approached through collaboration and collective action.

We can assure you that we are investing our time and energies to improve our knowledge and processes to sustainable ones. We are not 100% there yet, but we have made considerable steps and, with time, every collection will be improved to reach this important objective.






RECENT IMPROVEMENTS

➊ All of our t-shirts are now produced from ethical and sustainable manufacturers, vegan and organic certified.

➋ We now use less packaging, having made the switch from boxes to strong paper bags. The cards and labels are made of recycled paper where possible. We use eco-friendly tape and we continue to improve our labelling and packaging with more sustainable choices.

➌ We have added a local bike delivery service, where the deliveries within Glasgow can be delivered by bike from members of our community, who are paid the full price charged for the delivery.

➍ We don't receive items singularly packaged from our manufacturers, most of the time they come all together in big cardboard boxes, which we recycle. If we receive any plastic bags, we reuse them.






FUTURE GOALS

2021 Only use Reusable, Recyclable or Compostable materials in our packaging.

2022 Adopting eco-friendly manufacturing processes, such as water-based inks, on ethically made and sustainably sourced certified garments. Including Organic, Recycled, and Carbon Neutral Items.

2024 Have all garments independently manufactured in a completely ethical and sustainable way.

2025 Be 100% climate neutral.






PACKAGING

We are continuously work to improve and develop new solutions for our packaging and labelling. These are sometimes not tangible changes but with the potential of making a big difference. We decided to use less material, recycled paper, recyclable and compostable materials, and avoiding the use of plastic when unnecessary.






CURRENT SUPPLIERS

For different items we use different suppliers, and each one has different qualities and certifications. Some suppliers have more sustainable qualities than others and different certifications that have been specified in each item description.

Here we explain what each of these certifications mean:

 
The Oeko-Tex® Standard 100
is an independent certification system that tests textile raw materials, intermediate and end products for harmful substances at all stages of production. www.oeko-tex.com

 

  
The GOTS®
(Global Organic Textile Standard) is a guarantee of the organic status of textiles, from the harvesting of raw cotton to dispatch of the finished garments, whilst ensuring all is done in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. www.global-standard.org

 

   
Fair Wear Foundation
is an independent, non-profit organisation that work with companies and factories to improve labour conditions for garment workers. www.fairwear.org

 


Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP)
 is an independent, objective, non-profit team of global social compliance experts dedicated to promoting safe, lawful, humane and ethical manufacturing around the world through certification and education. www.wrapcompliance.org

 

  
The Vegan PETA
Approved symbol certifies the statement of assurance that there was no conduct or commission of any animal tests on ingredients, formulations, or finished products in the factory during the manufacturing of the product.

 

  
The Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI)
is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the improvement of working conditions in the supply chain, with factories audited against the BSCI base code. www.bsci-intl.org

 

 
The Carbon Trust Standard is a certification mark of excellence, designed to recognise organisations for real carbon reduction. To qualify, organisations must measure, manage and genuinely reduce their carbon footprint and commit to reducing it year on year.