Managing impacts from transporting and packaging products.
G-Star has made commitments to reduce the impacts of its packaging and transportation; this includes prioritising sea freight as a lower impact transportation mode. It also has a policy that encourages suppliers to use recycled packaging materials and sets a ban on the use of PVC. G-Star has processes to track and monitor packaging use by material type and transport by mode (focusing on sea and air freight from supplier to distribution centre). These foundational activities have resulted in a level 1 score of 85%.
G-Star has set targets to reduce its GHG emissions 25% by 2020, and has implemented environmental impact reduction activities relevant to the transport of its goods by airfreight. G-Star has begun using less impactful packaging options, such as recycled materials and FSC paper. There is opportunity for G-Star to implement processes to quantify the volumes of more sustainable materials used in all of G-Star’s packaging and to measure the savings/ reductions realised from its packaging and transport activities. Furthermore there is room for G-Star to demonstrate that it is supporting relevant internal teams to deliver its commitments to reduce the impact of its packaging and transport. This has resulted in a score of 48% at level 2.
G-Star has demonstrated some best practice by investing in researching and piloting more sustainable packaging options. For its RAW for the Oceans collection, G-Star trialled using polybags made from several alternatives to plastic including thistle materials, and has replaced all plastic polybags with compostable polybags. G-Star sets suppliers clear packaging material standards; this includes its Restricted Substance List (RSL), which includes packaging materials. G-Star is yet to engage on impacts outside its direct control, for example collaborating, and encouraging consumers to recycle and reuse packaging to minimise the environmental impact of packaging, resulting in a score at level 3 of 39%.