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Here at Ellis Brigham, we love the outdoors and it is important to us that we do our best to help preserve the environment. While we don't profess to be able to change the world, we can do our bit to help.
As well as engaging in and improving on our own social and environmental responsibilities, we support more and more brands that are taking their own steps to put people, purpose and planet at the heart of their operations.
As you browse through the site you will find lots of sustainable outdoor clothing, equipment & footwear. Look out for the ‘sustainability’ filter on the left-hand column to filter your selection by terms explained in more detail below:
The Fair Trade movement seeks to promote greater equality in international trading partnerships through, better conversations, transparency of actions and respect for everyone involved.
For a product to carry either the International Fairtrade Certification Mark or the Fair Trade Certified Mark, it must come from FLO-CERT inspected and certified producer organizations.
Patagonia first made a fleece from recycled plastic bottles in 1993, since then more and more brands have been ‘recycling rubbish’ to make the high-performance clothing and equipment that we all love to rely on in the outdoors. There are now many different types of materials and products made from waste that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill.
The Responsible Down Standard (RDS) aims to ensure that down and feathers come from animals that have not been subjected to any unnecessary harm. It is an independent, voluntary global standard, which means that companies can choose to certify their products to the RDS, even if there is no legislation requiring them to do so. The RDS was developed and revised over three years, with the input of animal welfare groups, industry experts, brands and retailers. The standard recognizes and rewards the best practices in animal welfare.
Organic cotton is grown without harmful chemicals, leaving the soil, air and water free from contaminants that cause harm. Organic cotton produces around 46% less CO2e compared to conventional cotton. It also uses far less water to grow since organic cotton growers typically utilise rain far more than irrigation. The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria.
Bluesign is a system that provides safer and more sustainable environments for people to work in and everyone to live in. Powered by a holistic approach, Bluesign traces each textile’s path along the manufacturing process, making improvements at every stage from the factory floor to finished product.
Vegan products are made without the use of animal-derived elements and by abstaining from any animal exploitation.
The FWF Code of Labour Practices contains eight elements, which are based on the United Nations and International Labour Organization principles:
Employment is freely chosen
There is no discrimination in employment
No exploitation of child labour
Freedom of association & the right to collective bargaining
Payment of a living wage
No excessive working hours
Safe & healthy working conditions
Legally-binding employment relationship
FWF regularly verifies the implementation of these labour practices through factory audits and worker interviews both onsite and offsite and through annual ‘Brand Performance Checks’ which assess how well each member’s management policies support the Code of Labour Practices. FWF publicly reports on the progress of member companies towards the implementation of the Code elements.
BPA Free products have been made without the Bisphenol A compound. BPA is a substance of high concern due to its properties as an endocrine disruptor in humans but it also has a negative impact on wildlife by affecting reproduction and impairing development.
PVC-free products are products that have been made without the use of harmful polyvinyl chloride plastics (PVC). PVC plastic is amongst one of the most toxic substances saturating our planet. By moving to more environmentally friendly alternatives it is possible to vastly reduce the negative effects it has on wildlife, nature and human health.
Extensive research has been successful in finding a way of adding water repellency to products without the use of harmful PFCs making products that still offer excellent wet weather performance but are better for the environment. PFC (perfluorinated chemicals) have long been used to add water repellent properties to technical fabrics. Unfortunately, once released into the environment, they break down very slowly and thus PFC traces were found in rivers, glaciers and nearby production factories.
Plastics that are made from plants or other biological materials other than petroleum are known as bioplastics or bio-based plastics.
About the Author:
Charlotte Fish - Outdoor Expert
Charlotte discovered her passion for the outdoors in her early teens and has never looked back since. Her pursuit of outdoor activities has taken her all over the world but she truly believes there is no place like home.