Creating more sustainable products, through using more sustainable materials and intermediate processing techniques.
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G-Star has built a foundation for using more sustainable materials and processes within its collections. It has committed to eliminate the use of hazardous chemicals by 2020, and to increase its use of sustainable materials. These commitments are underpinned by the ability to identify product assembly units and a written policy on restricted substances. This year G-Star used more sustainable materials in 14% of its collection, resulting in a score of 100% level 1.
G-Star has set targets on sustainable product development from 2014-2020. These targets cover both use of more sustainable materials and engagement with mills. G-Star is building on this foundation by training product development teams on its targets and the choice of sustainable materials that are available. The CSR team is responsible for delivering the commitments, led by the CR director. G-Star could increase the monitoring of the use of sustainable processing techniques and look to provide further guidance to product teams on how to implement this internally, resulting in a score of 78% at level 2.
G-Star is an active board member of ZDHC. G-Star has begun to reduce wet processing impacts, however these improvements are yet to apply to the majority of its collection. G-Star could further demonstrate the environmental impact reductions achieved by integrating more sustainable intermediate processing techniques, resulting in a level 3 score of 29%.