Product Waste

Managing post-consumer textile waste through reuse, recycling and improved design.

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Level 1: Build a foundation and set ambitions

G-Star has a strategy to address its product waste, which includes ambitions to recycle product waste into new products. G-Star manages its product waste e.g., samples and store returns through re-sale at outlet stores and by partnering with textile recycling firms. G-Star tracks total volumes of product waste but is yet to measure the division per waste stream, leading to a level 1 score of 68%.

Level 2: Make steady progress

G-Star has set product waste targets and, as part of its membership of multi-stakeholder initiatives Fashion Positive and the Dutch National Action Plan Circular Economy working group, have the ambition to close the loop. G-Star is yet to extend its tools and trainings to reduce its product waste footprint to its entire staff and is still to find a solution to take back old garments from consumers for recycling and to develop collections with a reduced end-of-life impact. These activities have resulted in a level 2 score of 41%.

Level 3: Adopt best practice

G-Star has demonstrated some best practices, by working with partners to develop fibre-to-fibre recycling and uses its sample waste and consumer returns as inputs to create new denim products. There is opportunity for G-Star to quantify reductions in sample usage and extend its activities to areas beyond its direct control, through engaging consumers on increased recycling. Leading to a level 3 score of 35%.

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