Our Commitment to Sustainability
Our commitment to sustainability is an environmental pledge made when Worn launched in 2015. It includes physical environmental impact, living wage, community, impact of materials, packaging, logistics and our carbon footprint.
We are proudly a sustainable, ethical and environmentally responsible business since day one, and we hold ourselves accountable for the impact our business has on the surrounding environment and the planet.
As a business we only use and source ethically made, sourced and dyed fabrics and whenever possible, our fabrics hold organic and sustainability certifications.
We support local communities in developing countries by providing work and education to our makers, we also preferentially with women-owned-and-run business in Indonesia, Mexico and Australia to support and empower women in the workplace. From the eight businesses we work with directly to produce our clothing and accessories, five are owned and run by women.
We partner with sustainable green earth organisation Trees4Trees, where one tree is planted in a regenerative forest for every item of furniture sold. We also partner with Australian business Green Fleet, who monitors our businesses carbon emissions carbon emissions, a neutralises the emissions by replanting native trees within Australia.
Since 2015, Worn has been strongly committed to producing furniture and clothing in an environmentally harmonious way. We monitor and research all stages of the production process, from the sourcing and treatments of our timbers, leathers and fabrics, to the workplace conditions in which they are made, our pattern making processes to reduce wastage and finally, the methods in which our products are packaged, shipped and received.
We are working towards our goal of being an entirely carbon neutral business, monitoring and offsetting our carbon emissions in both Australia and Indonesia. We plant trees in both countries to neutralise our carbon emissions in partnership with Trees4Trees in Java, and Greet Fleet in Australia and are commencing a partnership with Ekos. We also send all of our direct to customer and wholesale orders using carbon neutral logistics services.
We are also B Corp registered and are in the process of working towards becoming certified B Corp members.
We use only sustainably grown, sourced and certified ethical fabrications, including certified organic cottons and Oeko Tex Standard 100 linen from Belgium and Japan, silk and organic yarns from India, Australian merino and New Zealand Possum merino. Where possible we research and utilise the highest form of sustainable fabrics to ensure the fabrics we use aren’t harmful to the earth, or those handling our fabrics along the production line.
Our fabrication dying is completed by hand using low chemical solutions. Dying by hand ensures there is no run off into waterways, and low chemical solutions means each garments contains less and less harmful ingredients. Quite often, and when possible we not dye our fabrics at all and utilise the fabrics in their original state.
Our collections also include environmental sourcing of fabrics, including end of roll fabrics that are considered dead stock and would otherwise be burned. We use these throughout our ranges as one of the cleanest forms of sustainable fabric usage.
We have signed the Responsible Sourcing Network Cotton Pledges, to not knowingly source cotton from Uzbekistan or Turkmenistan due to known human rights issues in these supply chains.
We only use natural, biodegradable materials, no poly, synthetic or man made fabrications.
Our rugs & blankets are woven by artisans in Mexico. They are neutral raw woollen throws that are sustainably made, handwoven and undyed. Using traditional loom weaving techniques our throws use wool taken from sheep during their natural seasonal sheer, and the wool is then hand spun, ready for the looming process. The wool itself has not been treated in any way, and relies on the wools natural lanolin for protection against marks and stains.
Our knitwear is made in New Zealand and is a premium blend of 40% possum fur, 50% merino lambs wool & 10% mulberry silk. The high percentage of possum fur combined with Merino and Mulberry silk means the knitwear is the ultimate in warmth, softness and pure luxury. Possums are a pest in New Zealand, and when captured for population control, their fur is then used for the sustainable production of soft, yet dense possum merino. We blend ours with sheep merino for extra softness and mulberry silk for a luxurious feel.
The natural woven materials we use for our hats and bags are farmed from local farms in Indonesia, and hand woven using traditional techniques. We always avoid using chemicals, toxins or plastics in any stage of our production process.
The two businesses we work to produce our woven accessories are both family owned and run. Working conditions and prices are set by the business owners in accordance with Fair Trade standards, and this ensures the money we pay for our products, is going directly to their family who made the item, and their wider community.
Supporting these business is very important to Worn. We have worked with these
families since 2014 and watched their children grow. Being able to support them is a high priority and we value their contribution to each collection and to the brand we have created alongside them.
For our woven hats and bags, and clothing made in Indonesia , all suppliers that
provide Worn with products must agree to and sign our Supplier Code of
Conduct and undergo periodic, social compliance audits by us directly to
ensure our standards are being met. This is based on the principles outlined in
the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code.
Our production company in Indonesia CV EDSA Trading is SVLK certified. SVLK is the Indonesian Forestry Commissions wood certification program. The way that is works is that it creates a ‘Chain of Custody’ where each member in the chain of wood supply must be registered and all documentation recorded. The sources of the wood vary depending on supply. For example wood can be harvested from Government Plantation, Privately Owned Plantation or Individual Land Owners. So regardless of the source the owner of the land must have legal documentation of the land that is being harvested and all the material harvested from that land. Then if it is sold to a reseller of the material, the reseller then enters into the chain of custody and they must be SLVK Certified. This chain continues the same process until the end user. SLVK helps all vendors obtain certified materials and develop a chain of custody system to ensure woods are harvested from legally owned land.
Since the beginning of Worn in 2015, we have been committed to working with local traditional Indonesia craftsmen, especially women, to produce our products. From furniture to clothing and accessories, the businesses we partner with are family-owned and the people we work with set their own rates of pay and conditions of sale. In most cases each business employs their direct and extended families members, and the contribution of Worn’s orders to these local businesses contributes not only to the economic stability of the family who own the business, but the entire community.
Where possible, we employ women and families who own their own businesses,
rather than outsource to factories or third parties. From the eight businesses we work with directly to produce our clothing and accessories, 5 are owned and run by women.
Our internal packaging is recyclable and/or compostable. All orders dispatched to our customers are done so in biodegradable and fully compostable mailer bags from Better Packaging Co and recycled and recyclable cardboard boxes.
Our clothing and accessories are shipped from our makers using poly bags by Better Packaging Co, made from potato starch and are entirely compostable. We then send these onwards to our customers in postal satchels which are also 100% compostable.
Our internal care labels and woven brand labels are made from recycled PET bottles
The packing tape we use is by Biogone, a Landfill-biodegradable. It can be recycled, and will biodegrade into organic matter producing a natural fertiliser (and no microplastics).
We entirely committed to continually educating ourselves in ways to improve how we run Worn, and every day we find small and large ways we can further improve our commitment to sustainability and continue to tread lightly.
We only have one planet, let's take care of it.
We are also proud members of Ground Swell Giving - donating to fund Climate Action. "We know we are most powerful when we come together, and that we must rapidly accelerate funding to the climate movement to build the power we need to win the war on climate inaction in Australia."