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Our
sustainability
journey

At Orlebar Brown, we believe holidays are the very best time with family and friends. You
create memories and see wonderful places. Expand the mind. Relax the body. Release the soul.

We know that to enjoy our products, we all contribute to climate change. From sourcing, manufacturing, to distribution and our operations… To the holidaying itself. All of these factors impact the environment. In 2018 we made a commitment to be a more sustainable company and decided that to do so we must first MEASURE our impact on the environment. Then we REDUCE in every way we can; this includes introducing more sustainable fabric bases into our products. By 2023, we aim to be using only 100% recycled materials. And then finally, we REBALANCE our carbon output towards becoming a carbon negative company - a goal we will achieve by the end of 2021.

RECYCLED
POLYESTER

We design our products
to be worn in and
around
the water where significant amounts
of plastic waste

accumulate. To support
cleaner oceans, we are

beginning to change the
synthetic fabrics used

for our swim shorts and
outerwear by utilising

recycled plastic waste
instead.

ORGANIC
COTTON

The environmental
benefits of using
organic cotton
include
a reduction in water
and energy usage in

addition to greenhouse
gas emissions. Cotton
is
also grown without
the use of synthetic
pesticides,
reducing the
environmental impact
on both people
and the
planet.

WOOL

We use mulesing* free
Merino to guarantee
that the
animals in our
supply chain do not
suffer. Our next
step
is to use only certified
wool that focuses on
good
animal welfare
through traceability
back to the farms.

* Mulesing is a
procedure that
removes strips of

wool-bearing skin
from around the breech
of a sheep
to prevent
the parasitic infection
flystrike. We believe

this a painful and
unnecessary process.

DOWN

As with wool, we care
about animal welfare

and are committed to
only using certified
down.

CATEGORYTARGET2020202120222023
MAN-MADE FIBRES (UK SYNTHETICS)MINIMUM 50% RECYCLED YARNS AND CAN BE RECYCLED10%50%70%100%
COTTONORGANIC OR RECYCLED YARNS10%50%70%100%
WOOL (MERINO)NON-MULESED, AND FROM MORE SUSTAINABLE SOURCE (RESPONSIBLE STANDARD, RECYCLED)10%50%100%-
WOOL (CASHMERE)FROM MORE SUSTAINABLE SOURCE (RESPONSIBLE STANDARD, RECYCLED)10%50%100%-
DOWNALL DOWN TO COME FROM FARMS WITHOUT LIVE PLUCKING AND FORCED FEEDING10%50%100%-
LEATHERLEATHER IS A BY-PRODUCT AND FROM A TRANSPARENT AND SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAIN10%50%100%-

MINIMUM 50% RECYCLED YARNS AND CAN BE RECYCLED.

2020202120222023
10%50%70%100%

ORGANIC OR RECYCLED YARNS

2020202120222023
10%50%70%100%

NON-MULESED, AND FROM MORE SUSTAINABLE SOURCE (RESPONSIBLE STANDARD, RECYCLED)

2020202120222023
10%50%100%-

FROM MORE SUSTAINABLE SOURCE (RESPONSIBLE STANDARD, RECYCLED)

2020202120222023
10%50%100%-

ALL DOWN TO COME FROM FARMS WITHOUT LIVE PLUCKING AND FORCED FEEDING

2020202120222023
10%50%100%-

LEATHER IS A BY-PRODUCT AND FROM A TRANSPARENT AND SUSTAINABLE SUPPLY CHAIN

2020202120222023
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OUR
FACTORIES

We choose factories that are experts in their field and that create high quality, long-lasting products. In 2019, over 80% of our products were made in Portugal and 100% of our knitwear was made in Italy due to the expertise in these regions. Keeping our production within Europe (and close to our UK Operation) also enables us to minimise our inbound freight carbon footprint. We also currently work with three factories in Asia, which we have selected due to their specialisms in premium technical product and footwear. We are firm believers in the importance of responsible sourcing and the promotion of fair and safe working conditions within our supply chain. We are committed to ensuring that all workers involved in the production of any Orlebar Brown products are treated with humanity and dignity, and all are entitled to their basic human rights. We request all suppliers to work to the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code.

In addition to the ETI Base Code, we also audit all our factories, either through a third-party or we carry out internally to ensure their operations are socially and ethically compliant. We are also a member of Sedex, an online platform that allows us to share our factories audits with our business partners for full transparency We are also looking at the impact the factories we work with have on the environment. Our primary factory partners, who made 49% of our product in 2019, are leaders in environmental improvements. Some of their initiatives include:

  • recycling most of the waste from their manufacturing plants, ensuring minimal waste goes to landfill,
  • solar energy creation and 100% biomass energy usage for heating systems,
  • electrical cars used for local deliveries,
  • and a rainwater collection/recycling system

OUR
PACKAGING

In 2019, we set a goal of creating more sustainable packaging. From 2021, our boxes and swing tickets will be made from recyclable FSC certified card. In 2020, we assessed the plastic bags we use to protect our products during transportation between our factories, warehouses and stores. We then eliminated single-use plastic from our supply chain by introducing reusable fabric bags and replaced polybags with 100% recycled and recyclable plastic.

OUR
PRODUCT
LIFESPAN

We design our products with longevity in mind, meaning that we trial and test our products before trading. As a result, we are confident in our products and want our customers to continue enjoying them year after year. We have a 5-Year Guarantee in place for our swim shorts and repair or replace them if a customer is unsatisfied with their purchase.