Our partners form the supply chain of our items. Each item has a unique journey, with each step involving different people and processes. All products flow through several tiers of the supply chain before reaching our stores.
This tier is where the item is crafted before being shipped to our warehouse. Cutting, sewing, finishing and packaging happen here. We are in constant dialogue with these partners.
You can read more about our manufacturing partners (Tier 1) here.
This tier is where the fabrics are created. Materials are processed in to functional fabrics ready to be cut and sewn. This can involve processes such as weaving, spinning, knitting and dyeing.
We have direct contact with many of our fabric partners, which you can read more about here.
All our items are made from raw materials. These are either natural (such as cotton) or synthetic (such as polyester). These raw materials must be grown, extracted or manufactured, so they can be used to produce items. In this tier, the raw materials undergo processing to make them usable for manufacture.
In the future, we aim to fully trace our products back to their raw material extraction level so we can liaise and align with raw material suppliers. You can read more about the materials we use here.
When talking about our impact on the environment, these tiers (above) fall in to the Scope 3 emissions of our company. These Scope 3 emissions create 99% of our total emissions.
One of the ways we are working to reduce negative environmental impacts through our supply chain is to use the Higg Index to inform and measure our impact through several metrics. These metrics include Global Warming potential, Eutrophication, Water Scarcity, Resource Depletion / Fossil Fuels and Chemistry.
This tool helps inform our design team about products and materials with especially high environmental impacts, and where we can improve.
In 2021 we used the Higg Index to measure 25 of our best-selling products. On average, the production phases (Bill of Materials & Finished Goods Manufacturing) of the life-cycle were the most impactful, followed by logistics and the use phase.
Going forwards we aim to share product-specific data.
*It should be noted that the product range used was extremely wide, ranging from cotton sweaters, to Solitude socks. The data below shows the average across all 25 products. The measurement and calculations have been performed in-house and are not audited: they should be used as a guide. You can read more about our calculations and methodology here.
Each day the knowledge, experience and data we have about our impact is improving. Going forwards we aim to create conscientious products which perform exceptionally and are long-lasting. While we work to reduce the environmental impact of our products, there are steps we can all take to reduce the impact these items, and the use of them, have on the environment.
Our Care Guide provides detailed information about the best ways to look after your items. By following the specified instructions, materials will last longer, look better and perform consistently.
You can view our Care Guide here.
Unfortunately, sometimes items need repairing. Learning how to fix small holes and loose threads can save your favorite item from being ruined. We encourage everyone to learn how to repair basic issues with clothing as it can make a big difference to the lifespan of an item. Alternatively, look to your local tailor and ask if they can repair an item for you. Repairing the items allows you to make it your own, and give it a chance to be used for many more rides.