Sustainability Create Apparel

Sustainability & Responsibility

At Create Apparel we believe in ensuring that every process we take does not leave a negative impact on our beautiful planet.

We only source products and that are ethically made and our print process has zero wastewater. 

This enables our print-on-demand approach to apparel printing to lead the way in sustainability.

 

We're committed to having a positive impact on our planet.

AS Colour  Supply Chain


GARMENT SUPPLIES

40 % of business is in China

60% of business is in Bangladesh

FACTORIES
100% traceability of all garment suppliers.

Supply chain is composed of sixteen factories in total with nine key factories.

100% of garment factories have been visited and audited and are with whom we have the highest degree of transparency and engagement.

FABRIC SUPPLIERS & DYE HOUSES.
100% traceability of all fabric sources.

60% of business is with vertical suppliers who knit and dye their own fabrics.

20% of fabric is through one knitting source and one dye house in China.

20% is through a number of specialist fabric sources, all traceable.
YARN SPINNERS
100% transparency of this group of suppliers.

32% of business is with one Spinner in Bangladesh.

20% is with one spinner in China.

The balance of all spinners are traceable.

RAW COTTON
95% traceability of our cotton agents.

two key agents in Bangladesh supplying up to 35% of our cotton.

One supplier in China who supplies 20% of our total cotton - Of which 100% is Chinese cotton.

One agent in Bangladesh with whom we are buying traceable Australian cotton.

Two suppliers in Bangladesh who are part of our Organic Cotton Program.

COTTON FARMS
Raw cotton originates from China, Australia, India, Brazil, USA, and Africa. 

Chinese cotton makes up 40% of our production.

30% of cotton originates from Australia –Australian Cotton is specified for the purity of the cotton needed for light colours, and for its sustainability which is regulated by Cotton Australia.

BCI (Better Cotton Initiative) - currently working on a program to become a member of BCI early 2019. This will ensure we are moving closer to our goal of 100% sustainable cotton.

Approximately 5% of products are now using traceable GOT Licensed Organic Cotton.  They are planning to increase this % in response to customer demand.  Ultimately, Organic Cotton is the most sustainable product and therefore our preferred material.  However, they recognise that there is a need to educate our customers further as to the benefits and hopefully encourage more customers to order products from our organic range.

SHOP ETHICAL COMPANY ASSESSMENT

A- grade in the Baptist World Aid Australia's 'Ethical Fashion Report 2019', which grades companies, from A to F, on the strength of their systems to mitigate against the risks of forced labour, child labour and worker exploitation in their supply chains, as well as protect the environment from the harmful impacts of the fashion industry. Assessment criteria fall into five main categories: policies, transparency and traceability, auditing and supplier relationships, worker empowerment and environmental management.
This company is accredited with Child Labor Free, which certifies that a brand's supply chain, products and manufacturers are child labour free.

 

Gildan Supply Chain


Cotton is the primary fibre used in their products, representing more than two-thirds of total fibre inputs.  Gildan has selected to primarily purchase U.S. cotton because of its high quality and strong environmental sustainability and social responsibility practices. Sustainably grown and ethically-harvested U.S. cotton remains the optimal choice for their products.

Regulated as a food crop under strict U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines, cotton grown in the US represents the best combination of quality and value for their products. Under the guidance of the National Cotton Council, the USDA and various other organizations, US farmers have continuously reduced their environmental footprint by adopting a variety of conservation and targeted agricultural practices.

More than 75% of the cotton acreage where the Company’s cotton is grown is irrigated only using naturally occurring rainwater.  Conservation agriculture practices and advanced soil monitoring systems have reduced soil erosion and residual impacts on the environment. GPS positioning and advanced delivery systems allow farmers to be more efficient while planting, fertilizing and harvesting, effectively allowing for a reduction in GHG emissions and environmental impacts on the land and neighbouring ecosystems.

US cotton farmers are required to adhere to strict US labour laws and Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulations which are likely the most stringent in the global cotton industry.

As a matter of principle, they require all their business partners to confirm, by means of a signed statement, that they do not use or procure any cotton fibre originating from Uzbekistan.  In 2013, they established a cotton traceability assessment for their cotton yarn suppliers in order to ensure that yarns supplied did not contain cotton originating from Uzbekistan. As such, they feel confident in stating that there is a low risk of cotton originating from Uzbekistan in any their products.

SHOP ETHICAL COMPANY ASSESSMENT

In 2019, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) asked companies to provide data about their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change risk. Responding companies are scored across four key areas: disclosure; awareness; management; and leadership. This company received a CDP Climate Change Score of A-.

In 2019, this company received a grade of A minus in the Baptist World Aid Australia's 'Ethical Fashion Report', which grades companies, from A to F, on the strength of their systems to mitigate against the risks of forced labour, child labour and worker exploitation in their supply chains, as well as protect the environment from the harmful impacts of the fashion industry. Assessment criteria fall into five main categories: policies, transparency and traceability, auditing and supplier relationships, worker empowerment and environmental management. 

In 2019, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) asked companies to provide data about their efforts to manage and govern freshwater resources. Responding companies are scored on six key metrics: transparency; governance & strategy; measuring & monitoring; risk assessment; targets & goals; and value chain engagement. This company received a CDP Water Security Score of B.
The 2020 Fashion Transparency Index reviewed 250 of the world's largest fashion brands and retailers and ranked them according to how much they disclose about their social and environmental policies, practices and impacts. Brands owned by this company scored 49%, signifying that it is making significant efforts in the given areas, and has made some or most of this information publicly available. The average score was 23% and the highest score was 73%.

This company received an S&P Global ESG Score of 77/100 in the Textiles, Apparel & Luxury Goods category of the 2019 SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment, an annual evaluation of companies' sustainability practices. The rankings are based on an analysis of corporate economic, environmental and social performance, assessing issues such as corporate governance, risk management, environmental reporting, climate strategy, human rights and labour practices.

Sportage


Sportage is an Australian clothing manufacturer based in Sydney, New South Wales.

Sportage uses the best quality cotton in their garments from Bangladesh.  All Sportage products are Fairtrade compliant.

Neopigment


We’re proud to use state-of-the-art, eco-friendly Kornit DTG Digital Printer at Create Apparel, especially when one of the main aims of Kornit is to surpass industry environmental standards.

One of the most important ways that the company ensures that they are the most eco-friendly printing solution in the market is with their innovate and unique NeoPigmen inks, which is created in-house.  The water-based ink is:

  • 100% Non-hazardous
  • 100% Toxin-free
  • Biodegradable
  • Contain no animal by-products
  • Safe for infants and babies

Kornit’s patented NeoPigment technology drives the transition of textile printing into a digital, sustainable and cost-effective ecosystem and this vision of the industry is aligned exactly with our goals as a personalised clothing business.

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