CREATING OUR FUTURE CONSCIOUSLY
Recycled, sustainable, low-impact, conscious and compostable.
At P.E Nation, we are continuing our journey to produce conscious fashion, valuing sustainability and protection of the planet.
The fashion landscape is changing and sustainability, now, more than ever is a responsibility we all share. We welcome this important change to our business and invite you to join us in creating Our Conscious Nation, which seeks to raise awareness and offer transparency around our commitment to holistically implementing meaningful and sustainable business practices, in order to reduce our impact on the environment, across every aspect of production, right through to packaging and delivery.
Our 100% organic cotton tanks and tees launched in July and are closely followed in August by our first sustainable capsule called STRIKE SET featuring Vita Power by Carvico, a type of fabric pioneered in Italy made of ECONYL® regenerated Nylon, which boasts a 4-step closed loop regeneration process. An additional seven sustainable pieces will be released in October including our LEAD RIGHT and FLEX IT sets, which are part of Our Conscious Nation, incorporating sustainable and recycled fabrics. By Q1 2020, close to half our range will be constructed in line with Our Conscious Nation ethos, proudly executing an already significant improvement on our environmental impact, with more to come.
We are continuously building on our sustainability practices, in-line with further advancements in the field of innovative fabric development.
In addition to fabric-based improvements, we have transitioned our packaging to be fully recyclable. We have partnered with The Better Packaging Co and introduced compostable envelopes and satchels and the P.E Nation drawstring bags are now made from rPET (material made using recycled PET plastic). We next introduce our new recyclable cardboard boxes and a compostable black roll-down bag to further reduce our environmental impact. Our labels and swing tags have been re-designed, incorporating recycled cardboards and post-consumer waste plastics (rPET) will be introduced for all swing tags, while all woven and care labels will be comprised of 100% recycled polyester yarns. Heat press printing will be introduced by Q1 2020 to further reduce environmental impact, and P.E Nation’s iconic patches will also be made from recycled materials, appearing on the sleeves of bold jackets and sweats throughout the range.
And this is just the beginning.
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BEST PRACTICE & ETHICAL SOURCING
P.E Nation as a brand of the Hot Springs business are proud members of Sedex, Australian Trusted Trader and Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI).
P.E Nation recognise our role and responsibilities in protecting human rights across our supply chain through ethical and sustainable business engagement with our supply chain partners whilst incorporating a commitment to upholding the United Nations Guiding Principles on business and human rights.
Our membership of SEDEX who are a global membership organisation dedicated to driving improvements in ethical and responsible business practices across global supply chains, supports our commitment to manage responsible sourcing whilst enabling improved protection of workers working conditions and their environment.
P.E Nation are fully committed to ensure the well being of all workers across our Supply Chain. We are collaborating with our vendors to ensure they comply with appropriate national, regional and international laws, regulations and conventions within the countries in which they operate, where workers must always have the benefits of safe working conditions and be treated with dignity and respect at all times.
As a foundation member of the ETI, P.E Nation actively works with its supply chain partners to develop and improve business models that will meet the United Nations Guiding Principals on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). As our Ethical and Social Compliance journey continues with our supply chain partners to conduct their business operations to the requirements of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) base code as set out below as minimum requirements whilst also improving sustainability and environmental standards.
The ETI is the most progressive globally recognised foundation that influence, train and support businesses to act responsibly and promote best practise in ethical trading. The ETI are aligned with respected and productive NGO’s such as Oxfam which allows us to build on our current and productive Sedex membership.
We have a total commitment to having our Supply Chain working with us and the ETI and SEDEX in achieving our goals reflected in the ETI Vision of ensuring workers the provision of decent work, ensuring protection for the vulnerable, access to rights, a living wage and dignity for all, free from exploitation and abuse whilst providing opportunity for personal growth.
For more information please refer to the following links:
ETI Base code:
1. Employment is freely chosen
2. Freedom of association
3. Working conditions are safe and hygienic
4. Child labour shall not be used
5. Living wages are paid
6. Working hours are not excessive
7. No discrimination is practiced
8. Regular employment is provided
9. No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed
At its heart, our planet needs us to be better, indeed we want to do better, so while we do our best to implement change, we also support brands that are making efforts to be more sustainable and ethical – those with clear sustainability goals. Warranted, it’s a complex issue, but it’s not one we want to shy away from because we know where we are, we know where we want to be; and in the spirit of transparency, we’re mapping our intentions for 2020 and sharing a few of them here with you now.
From our office culture, our packaging, and fabrics, through to our capsules, collaborations and our partners, we’re integrating sustainability and adopting a change maker mentality into the topics of daily business here at P.E.
When it comes to environmental action, one of the most effective ways people can individually have a positive impact on the planet is to choose fabrics that are sustainable. With a focus on implementing developed and tested sustainable fabrics, we’ve already weaved a number of sustainable fabric options into our offering this year (here’s looking at the Eco-Puffer we just launched in January), but there’s more to come. By the end of 2020 all base active leggings will be made from recycled or regenerated fabrics; all cottons produced by P.E. Nation will be organic and certified to organic agricultural standards. We are set to launch our first performance leggings made from bamboo biodegradable circular fabric, grown naturally and harvested with the utmost care of its forestation and natural surroundings. We will additionally be introducing rPET (material made from post-consumer waste plastic drink bottles) polyester spray fabrics into our jackets, drawcords, badges, elastic and mesh. With a lens firmly placed on research and development, we aim to explore the use of other smart and sustainable fabrics with a sourcing focus on rPET polyester and nylon for our jackets, and high-quality vegan leather for our accessories. Furthermore, we aim to ensure that all viscose is sourced from sustainably certified forests.
In recent years there’s been a glut of packaging waste produced, even as landfills run full. Packaging solutions designed to reduce environmental impact are key. From paper tags to swing loops, biodegradable polybags to recycled polyester woven labels, sustainable packaging has a multitude of faces; and we’re championing them right throughout our business in 2020. The Better Packaging Company has developed the world’s most sustainable packaging solutions that consider the complete lifecycle impact of a product from raw material sourcing, right through to end-of-life disposal. So, when you purchase P.E. Nation from our online store, expect to receive your order in a Better Packaging Company bag. But let’s roll back a little to packaging found on the garment itself; our paper tags are made from recycled paper; our internal woven labels are made from recycled polyester that utilise heat seal printing techniques for activewear branding; we use biodegradable polybags for all garments, recycled board for online cards, while the drawstring bag for online orders is made from rPET polyester.
Capsules and Collaborations
This year P.E. Nation has joined forces with global retail leader H&M to launch a sustainably conscious collection of iconic P.E Nation x H&M silhouettes. With their vision and strategy charted for the next two decades H&M plans to use their size and scale to lead the change towards circular and climate positive fashion while being a fair and equal company; a key driver behind P.E Nation’s coupling with the icon. Following from this collection, customers can expect a new 100% sustainable baseline P.E Nation capsule launching in June using rEPT fabrics, organic cotton & bamboo (biodegradable circular fabrics). As well, we will be launching a fully sustainable functional snow collection which uses Eco Fill and rPET fabrics; and following the success of our first collaboration with The Woolmark Company which featured a 6-piece premium high-performance womenswear collection made from technical Merino wool fabrics, a second Woolmark collaboration is in the wings.
Companies are increasingly expected to join with other organisations—both public and private—to address social and environmental problems, and it’s an idea that we fully stand behind. Not only are sustainable partnerships built on shared vision, principles and values, we can do more as a collective. P.E Nation has partnered with Thread Together, an organisation that delivers new, good quality clothing and shoes to people in our community who are doing it tough; as well as i=change which represents a simple and powerful way for online retailers to give back by donating $1 from every sale towards life-changing projects, of which P.E Nation has chosen three. But the opportunities don’t stop there. This year we plan to explore recycling plants and how we might be able to close to circle for returning clothes; work with Australian factories to produce cut and sew products; survey prospects to work with Australian Cotton, Milled in Australia and Made in Australia; evaluate our factories and mills sustainability commitment; and stock Guppyfriend Washing Bags – which are a scientifically approved solution against microplastic pollution from washing – on our website.
From the micro to the macro, we’ve taken heed of the flight of the hummingbird and we’re doing what we can right now. We hope you’ll join us on our journey, that you can appreciate we’re taking a long-term approach to deal with complex sustainability issues, and that you understand we’re listening to you and what needs to be changed for the greater good of our planet. P.E Nation are here for the long haul.