Premier Clothing Ltd. recognises that the business impacts the natural environment, and we are working to continuously improve our material choices when developing new and existing products to increase our sustainable product offering within the ‘Premier’ range.
All chosen materials must adhere to Premier’s high standards of quality and durability. We intend to put longevity first, to ensure the end-user can optimize the use of finished products. The Premier Testing Manual has been communicated to our suppliers and the required standards of quality have been agreed upon throughout the supply chain. To maintain this quality, we would encourage our customers who change or decorate the product in any way, to consider eco-friendly consumables when adding brand value to the product.
Certification standards have been selected to guide Premier's sustainable growth:
OCS The Organic Content Standard - is an international, voluntary standard that sets requirements for third-party certification of certified organic input and chain of custody. The goal of the OCS is to increase organic agriculture production.
GRS Global Recycled Standard - is an international, voluntary standard that set requirements for third-party certification of recycled input and chain of custody. The aim of the standard is to increase the use of recycled materials so we can improve our resource management.
BCI The Better Cotton Initiative - is a not-for-profit organization that aims to make the production of cotton sustainable. Making it better for the environment and better for the people that grow the cotton in securing a future in the supply chain. Better cotton operates on a mass balance basis. The BCI member is contributing to the training of cotton farmers to adopt more sustainable practices.
OK Compost Industrial - is a waste management label created by TUV Austria which defines the correct environment for biodegradation to occur. The OK compost label featuring ‘industrial’ signifies that the packaging cannot be disposed of in household waste (soil) or in seawater. It is certified to be disposed of within a commercial compost facility.
Standard 100 by Oekotex - is an international standard that provides assurances that textiles and accessories have not been made with restricted chemicals and substances that can be harmful to health. Products with the standard 100 labels attached provide the confidence that each component of the product has been made to a high standard of product safety.
With these certifications in mind, we have developed targets that Premier can work towards and measure our success over time. This multi-functional approach will target specific aspects of the business that are significantly impactful to the natural environment, such as sourcing man-made material and conventional cotton. Our multi-functional targets include:
1. Organic Material - Premier Clothing Ltd. are working to become OCS certified for product within the ‘Premier’ range:
Following the requirements of the Organic Textiles Standard (OCS), Premier will undertake an audit to become certified to make certification claims on products within the ‘Premier’ range. To provide assurances to our European customers of our commitment, to a more environmentally friendly and sustainable supply chain by becoming certified to a trusted standard such as OCS.
2. Recycled Material - Premier Clothing Ltd are actively working to increase the amount of recycled material used within the ‘Premier’ range:
Following the requirements of the Global Recycled Standard, Premier will source fabrics and product packaging using recycled materials. To reduce overall contribution to landfill and to reduce virgin raw material consumption. We aim to increase recycled material procurement to ensure manmade materials are kept in the loop without causing damage to the environment.
3. Mass balance- Premier clothing are working towards obtaining a Better Cotton Initiative membership. By sourcing at least 10% of BCI cotton lint into the business:
Premier will become members of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) to increase our support for farmers who input material into our supply chain. We aim to increase our support for farmer training by becoming a BCI member and by procuring an increased amount of BCI cotton each year we are a member.
4. OK Compost Industrial: Premier Clothing Ltd are actively working to increase the number of compostable materials used within the business: Where possible Premier Clothing Ltd will source compostable packaging, which can be disposed of within a commercial compost facility. By choosing OK Compost Industrial ‘Premier’ can assure the correct environments for our packaging to be disposed of. We would encourage our customers to dispose of packaging in line with the labels printed on all compostable packaging. Read more about our packaging policy.
5. Oekotex®: Premier Clothing Ltd are working to roll out Standard 100 by Oekotex® across products within the ‘Premier’ range: Premier have achieved Oekotex certification within selected product types within the range. We are continuously working with our supply chain to add more products and components to our certification. Any products displaying this logo on the product page mean that they are fully certified as OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 products.
6. Monitoring: Premier Clothing Ltd. are working to measure environmental achievements within the business. This will include monitoring water, energy, and emissions within our supply chain to compare our performance to global benchmarks. By doing this we can evaluate the progress that has been made, promote our accomplishments and to set new sustainable targets to continuously improve our environmental impact.
Although the Managing Director has ultimate responsibility for the sustainable vision, all employees have a responsibility within their own areas of work to help ensure that sustainability procedures and operations are embedded within the whole of the company. The Product Developer that is currently responsible for implementing and maintaining documentation for the sustainable vision is Andrea Murphy.