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 and achieved to guide Premier's sustainable growth:
Better Cotton™ is a not-for-profit organisation 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 Better Cotton™ member is contributing to the training of cotton farmers to adopt more sustainable practices.
We are a proud member of Better Cotton™ and actively sourcing at least 10% of Better Cotton™ lint into the business by the end of 2022, with the long term aim to source 50% by 2026. As Better Cotton™ members we are supporting farmers who input material into our supply chain. Mass balance is a volume-tracking system that allows Better Cotton™ to be substituted or mixed with conventional cotton by traders or spinners along the supply chain while ensuring that the amount of Better Cotton™ sold never exceeds the amount of Better Cotton™ purchased.
The Organic Content Standard (OCS) verifies the percentage of organically grown material and tracks it from source to final product. The purchase of Organic Content Standard (OCS) certified products demonstrates demand for organic agriculture. Products certified to the Organic Content Standard 100 (OCS 100) contain at least 95% certified organically grown material and products certified to the Organic Content Standard Blended (OCS Blended) products contain between 5-94% certified organically grown material.
Following the requirements of the Organic Content Standard, Premier have passed an audit to become certified to make Organic Content Standard 100 (OCS 100) claims on products that contain at least 95% organic material. The Organic Content Standard Blended (OCS Blended) status has been achieved for Premier products containing between 5%-94% organic material.
Products certified to the Global Recycled Standard contain recycled material that has been independently verified at each stage of the supply chain, from the source to the final product. In addition, certified organisations have met social, environmental, and chemical requirements at each stage of the supply chain. The purchase of Global Recycled Standard certified products demonstrates demand for recycled content and best processing practices in the supply chain.
Following the requirements of the Global Recycled Standard, Premier have passed an audit to make certification claims on products containing 50%-100% recycled polyester. We aim to reduce overall contribution to landfill, to reduce virgin raw material consumption and increase recycled material procurement to ensure man-made materials are kept in the loop without causing damage to the environment.
The Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) verifies the percentage of recycled material and tracks it from the source to the final product. The purchase of Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) certified products demonstrates demand for recycled materials. Products certified to the Recycled Claim Standard Blended (RCS Blended) contain between 5-94% certified recycled material.
Following the requirements of the The Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) Premier have passed an audit to become certified to make certification claims on products containing between 5%-94% recycled content.
OK Compost Industrial is a waste management label created by TUV Austria which defines the correct environment for bio-degradation 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.
Where possible we will source compostable packaging, which can be disposed of within a commercial compost facility. By choosing OK Compost Industrial we 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.
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.
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.
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.