Longevity has always been at the core of our brand identity. In 2019 we decided to go all in to reduce our footprint on the planet. Going low impact is challenging and there are no clear answers. Progress is our priority. We want to be part of a movement for change and share our journey as we continue to make smarter choices every day.
2020 was a challenging year, but we are pleased to say that our low impact initiatives did not only continue uninterrupted, but with increased vigor and tenacity. It’s challenging work but we strive to find ways to improve every day.
Low impact is a non-negotiable for building a better future. We have big ambitions but also recognize that sometimes we must look before we leap. In that regard, 2020 has been a milestone year – ensuring a rock solid foundation to build upon.
- Achieved GOTS trade and retail certification
- Established the Tom Wood Low Impact Framework (2021-2023)
- Revised Code of Conduct, signed by all suppliers
- Added Animal Welfare policy, signed by all suppliers
- Added Child Labour Policy, signed by all suppliers
- Added Chemical Restrictions List, signed by all suppliers
- Launched Low Impact Denim with GOTS certified fabric and EIM score
- Tom Wood Low Impact Materials Benchmark
- GOTS certified organic cotton denim and jersey lines
- Low Impact Materials 2020 Baseline
- Climate compensated freight with DHL GoGreen on all B2C shipments
- Implemented HIGG Index software in product development
- 100% renewable energy at HQ and store
- Electric company car
- 3D printing for making in-house prototypes
- Development of low impact packaging
DID YOU KNOW?
The textile industry employs more than 3 billion people worldwide. But for all the growth it generates, the industry also generates considerable waste. For every 5 garments produced, the equivalent of 3 end up in a landfill or is incinerated each year. Globally we produce 13 million tons of textile waste each year, 95% of which could be reused or recycled. Reports show we are headed in the wrong direction with these numbers expected to double in the next decade. This is unless we start doing things differently, and start viewing problems as opportunities for change.
WHY LOW IMPACT?
Since the beginning of our company’s history, the focus has been to create high quality products made to last through seasons and trends. At the core of all Tom Wood collections is a commitment to minimise the environmental impact. From the first signet ring in 2013 to our seasonal ready-to-wear collections, every product is made with functionality and longevity in mind. We wish for our products to be cherished and have a long lifespan.
A lot can be said about the buzzword «sustainability». What we know is this; the world of fashion has been moving too fast, resulting in poor business practices. This is not something we want to sustain. We want to slow it down. Slow down the pace, and reduce the impact. That is why our sustainability work is focused on low impact solutions.
LOW IMPACT PRODUCTS
Approximately 70% of a garment’s environmental footprint derives from the production phase. That is, the garments journey from raw material to final product. It is during this phase that the opportunity for reducing its footprint is the greatest. Designing for longevity and accelerating the use of sustainably sourced materials are two of our main priorities. Which materials are the most sustainable? To answer this we have sought knowledge from industry standards, textile experts and best practices like Textile Exchange and the HIGG MSI.
The result is the Tom Wood Low Impact Material Index. This index functions as a tool for our production team when sourcing materials, and it helps us better understand the usage of low impact materials in our ready-to-wear products.
In the Tom Wood Low Impact Material Index, materials in the “recommended” and “satisfactory” categories are considered low impact. The evaluation is based on all bulk orders placed in 2020.
Overproduction is a central issue in our industry. Too many textiles are thrown away and end up in landfills every year. Textiles that could still be used as a valuable resource. For our SS21 collection we are therefore introducing deadstock materials into our fabric selection, as a means to reduce material waste and ensuring already made fabrics are being repurposed.
The fabrics we are using have been carefully selected from a family-owned company that specializes in deadstock fabrics. All our fabrics are 100% wool and can be traced to the recognized Biella province in Northern Italy. Fabrics from Biella are known for their superior quality yarns and spinning techniques.
WHAT IS NEXT
We are proud of everything we have accomplished, and this is only the beginning. We want to continue making strides in our low impact journey, with our strategy asking for increased traceability of our products, increased transparency in our supply chain and increased usage of low impact materials as some of our main focus areas. We will make sure to keep you informed as we find our way.