As Thrills has grown as a company our understanding of the fashion industry and our social responsibility as a fashion label has evolved. We have begun to take steps to develop our current practices both domestically and internationally to improve our day to day operations and lessen the imprint we leave. This is a long road, but we are committed to reducing the impact we as individuals and as a business will have on the environment.
To ensure that this idea continues to grow, all of our international suppliers are also committed to the reduction of energy usage. They are moving forward with solar and sustainable water use and recycling where possible. Many of our factories have received certifications for their processes aimed at reducing their environmental impact.
Our philosophy is to "Reduce, Re-use, Recycle” wherever possible. This approach extends to educating staff about best practice within their homes as well as the office. We recycle and dispose of our waste in the most environmentally and responsible way that we can. Thrills have employed a consultant to mentor and encourage all staff to be personally responsible for ensuring that all our waste is managed to the best of our ability.
We are undertaking a long-term initiative to work with our friends in China and India to recycle or re-use as much of our waste as possible. This includes moving to bulk bagging garments where possible, which will reduce our plastic use by up to 90%. This will also be combined with a switch to recycled plastic for all garment bags.
We are constantly on the look-out for new and progressive fabrics to help lessen our footprint. We currently use hemp in many of our garments because it is the rock star of environmentally sustainable fabrics. Hemp uses no synthetic pesticides or herbicides and requires no fertiliser as it is self-mulching and regenerates the soil naturally. Hemp requires little to no irrigation which = huge water savings.
We are attempting to move as much of our cotton products to “Organic Cotton” as we can. "Organic Cotton" vastly reduces the use of chemicals which can be carcinogenic and environmentally damaging.
As a whole, we are pushing to use "Recycled Fabrics” wherever possible. These can be produced by regenerating the fibre from old garments or discarded offcuts. Another initiative is to re-use waste fishing line and ropes salvaged from the ocean to create the nylon required for swimwear.
The suppliers that we choose to partner with are all certified regarding working conditions and social responsibilities. We do not believe in demanding the cheapest price from our suppliers as it can affect the quality of our garments and put pressure on suppliers to outsource to a less accredited factory. Our relationships with our factories and their employees are important to us and we work hard to maintain them.
We believe that every person in our supply chain is an equal and a friend and should be treated in kind. All workers deserve a fair, living wage and high-quality working conditions. Our workmates in China and India are all highly skilled in their roles and we respect them greatly for this.
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