BONDI BORN SUSTAINABILITY AND ETHICS STATEMENT
While we are in the business of designing, manufacturing and distributing Australian swimwear and apparel to the world, the supply chain and operation of our business is consciously managed to ensure it respects everyone involved in the process, including our workers, suppliers and customers, whilst doing everything possible to minimise the impact of our business on the environment.
We acknowledge that fashion is the second-most polluting industry in the world after mining and we consciously choose to play a role in addressing this.
We are a certified B Corporation. Certifying as a B Corporation goes beyond product or service-level certification. B Corp Certification is the only certification that measures a company’s entire social and environmental performance. The B Impact Assessment evaluates how our company’s operations and business model impacts our workers, community, environment, and customers. From our supply chain and input materials to giving back and employee benefits, B Corp Certification validates that our business is meeting the highest standards of verified performance.
QUALITY & TIMELESS DESIGN
Making the highest quality products that withstand the test of time is at the heart of our business philosophy. We believe it is better for the environment and our lives as human beings, to encourage women to build their wardrobes with better quality garments in silhouettes that endure. As a result, we are very considered in choosing the highest-quality fabrics and trims available, ensuring expert craftsmanship from our makers and creating pared-back design that stands the test of time.
PREMIUM, SUSTAINABLY PRODUCED FABRICS
We only use fabrics that are of superior quality and are certified as being sustainably produced. If rinsed after use, our swimwear fabrics will last up to 10 times longer than average swimwear fabrics. For our apparel we partner with mills that source certified organic cotton and linen and cellulosic materials like Viscose and Rayon that are derived from eco-friendly elements like bamboo.
The Environmental Product Declaration (EDP) is a certification that analyses and quantifies the environmental impact of a product’s life cycle including consumption of raw materials including chemicals, water and energy, the waste produced and the emissions of the mill that makes it. The EPD Analysis then converts all these impacts into a single measure called The Global Warming Potential, or Carbon Footprint and expresses it as a kilogram of CO2 (carbon dioxide) for every square metre of fabric produced.
Our primary swimwear base cloth, Sculpteur® has a very low Carbon Footprint of 2.14, which is up to 10 times lower than fabrics made from recycled plastics. The Global Warming Potential of recycled plastic is significantly higher due to the intensive temperatures, water usage and chemicals required to transform old plastic into polyester thread. Recycled polyester is also not as stable and releases more plastic fragments into the water system when washing. We acknowledge the benefit of using recycled plastic to minimise virgin polyester being put into the supply chain, however, our judgement at this point is to choose a fabric that produces a 10th of the CO2 in its production and doesn’t break down as easily when worn or washed.
All swim fabrics used by BONDI BORN are OEKO-TEX Certified which means they do not release any harmful substances that can be hazardous to people's health such as pesticides, heavy metals, formaldehyde, aromatic amines or allergising colourants. The requirements and thresholds of this certification are constantly updated based on the latest medical-scientific studies.
XERO WASTE POLICY
We do everything we can to avoid sending waste to landfill.
In our warehouse we recycle all cardboard, paper, plastic and soft plastic.
We never destroy or send to landfill any garments that are wearable. We sell them in warehouse sales or donate them to charities. Garments that aren’t wearable we send for upcycling/recycling to Upparel
We give away excess trims to charities and sewing schools.
We consciously order our fabrics to reduce excess.
We find ways to use any remnant fabrics so nothing goes to landfill, such as;
- Making custom garments for our website and warehouse sales using remnant fabrics
- Working with The Outnet to create unique garments for their collections using remnant fabrics
- Dying excess fabrics in seasonal fashion colours to black for immediate use
- Selling any fabrics that can’t be used to 2nd hand fabric dealers
CONSCIOUS PRODUCTION CHOICES
We do thorough assessment of all suppliers we work with to ensure they share our values. Every supplier signs a Supplier Code of Conduct to ensure that they operate ethically. We employ third parties to visit international factories to run reviews in person and provide us with reports before we engage them.
All BONDI BORN packaging is consciously chosen to be plastic free. Our garment bags, shipping satchels and hygiene labels are made from compostable materials derived from plants. We choose recycled paper wherever possible. We keep our ecommerce packaging to a minimum to generate less waste and produce less CO2 in its transport.
In partnership with Climate Neutral, a global not-for-profit organisation, we measure our total annual emissions and offset them entirely by donating to certified climate change solutions. When our customers check-out at our websites, they can choose which not-for-profit carbon reduction project they wish us to donate to, to offset our carbon footprint.
CARBON REDUCTION POLICY
As well as offsetting our assessed carbon production, we make active choices throughout our operations and supply chain to ensure we minimise any carbon we create. We choose to only work with fabric mills that have certifications or policies regarding carbon reduction. We choose domestic and international couriers that have green energy and carbon offset policies. We choose to ship our fabrics into Australia by sea and not by air whenever we can. Whenever our staff fly, we offset the carbon on their flights. Our office/warehouse produces a very small amount of emissions at <4tCO2e per annum and we use a government-accredited Greenpower supplier Energy Locals who produce our energy using green sources such as sugarcane and wood waste.
WATER REDUCTION POLICY
We understand that water is a precious resource, and we do what we can to minimise its use in all areas of our supply chain and business operations.
Firstly, we choose to use solid colour fabrics and not prints. Printing a fabric doubles the water used and carbon produced per metre of fabric as it requires a number of additional processes and inks. We choose our fabric mills based on their sustainability practices, including water saving measures. Our swimwear and fabric mills in Italy, Portugal, Bulgaria and Spain all have eco certifications - including PEF (Product Environment Footprint) Certifications - and internal policies focused on reduction of resources including carbon and water use in the creation of the yarns they use and the fabric knitting processes they employ.
As our business grows we will continue to look for ways to never compromise on people and the planet. We welcome your feedback and suggestions. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.