Sustainability is an ongoing commitment for the Edeline Lee team and we are dedicated to the responsibility we have as a business to use best practices. We create our products responsibly to ensure our business is good for people and our planet. We operate ethically to minimise our environmental footprint and to promote positive social practices across our business.
The fashion industry in its current format is not sustainable and is the second biggest contributor to carbon emissions worldwide. Textile production contributes significantly to climate change, consumes large volumes of water, and creates pollution with devastating impacts on local ecosystems and communities. The industry employs hundreds of millions of people around the globe, but many work in unsafe environments for low wages with little or no protection.
At Edeline Lee, we work with suppliers and manufacturers who share our values and all our clothing is handmade in our own factory in the UK, where we can oversee the conditions and quality of the environment for the workers who make the clothes as well as the manufacturing process from start to finish. We are a wholly ethical business, all our employees work in good conditions and are paid a fair living wage.
We are also continuously, actively researching how to transition all of our raw materials to sustainable options. As of now, all of our outerwear is now produced with wool from industry certified farms in accordance with non-mulesing and PETA regulations. Our suppliers are accredited with OEKO Text and GRS international standards. These certifications act as a confirmation and guarantee that we purchase raw materials and yarns within full compliance of industry standards and regulations.
We only use 100% Organic Cotton. The provenance of this cloth is sustainable from growing through till finishing. It is GOTS certified, Fair Wear Foundation compliant with a reduced carbon footprint and climate neutral.
For all of our garments, all the linings, fusings and interlinings have been transitioned to 100% recycled polyester as of 2019.
We have redesigned our packaging, printing and ticketing to use more environmentally sustainable materials, removing anything that is unnecessary, and ensuring they can be reused or recycled.
For our wholesale partners, we use shipping boxes developed in conjunction with WRAP, the Waste and Resources Action Programme. The Enviro-box offers a sustainable and reliable alternative to larger double wall boxes with the following unique features:
- Increased strength over most double wall boxes
- Materials used are 7% lighter, meaning lower transport costs and emissions.
- The process of manufacturing Enviro-box results in a 30% saving in CO2 emissions
- Recycled content ranges from 60% to 90%
- These boxes are one of the UK’s most environmentally friendly boxes, helping to reduce material waste in the shipping and moving industry.
For orders generated through our brand website, we use corrugated cardboard made from 90% recycled content. These boxes are printed with water-based ink and ready to be used again.
- Biodegradeable: When exposed to light, air, moisture and microbes, this product breaks down to natural elements found in nature.
- Certified Wood: Made from paper pulp that’s sourced from responsibly managed forests and mills
- Clean Air Policy: Manufacturers remove toxins and pollutants from the air used during the manufacturing process.
- Compostable: Disintegrating into natural elements while in a specific environment, leaving no toxicity in the soil.
- Local Fabrication: Centrally located or multiple manufacturers, meaning freight emissions and transit costs are cut.
- Plastic Free: Contains no petroleum-based plastics
The tissue paper used to wrap garments inside our boxes is also 100% recycled.
Our aim is to create products that last a long time, both in their craftsmanship and design. We do not follow industry led trends but design timeless pieces that can be worn season on season and we continue producing our best-selling styles and fabrics, season after season. Although we show on the London Fashion Week calendar, our pieces are trans-seasonal. We hope that these pieces last you a lifetime, and continuously see our clients in person to help them mend or re-purpose their pieces, long after they purchased them. We only produce to order, so have very little waste, and hold very little stock.
To help your garments last longer and to reduce their environmental impact, please consider the following;
- Limit washing and spot clean when possible
- Wash your garments on a low temperature cycle
- Hang clothes to dry rather than using a tumble dryer
- Dry clean when absolutely necessary and use an eco-friendly service
- Repair garments, please contact us for any help or guidance
- Host a swap party with friends for any garments you no longer wear,
- Sell on your worn items with Vestiare Collective, The RealReal, My WardrobeHQ or ebay
We have already made significant changes to help minimise our environmental impact and our focus is to continue to do so wherever we can. We hope you will join us on the journey.