Water, Air, Energy, Materials, Conditions of Work and Commitment
Historically, the fashion industry has been associated with excessive consumerism, extremely high costs, elitism, or guilty pleasure. As a slow fashion-tech stop that truly believes ‘Green’ is the new luxury, we calculate the impact index of the entire value chain.
UpcycleLuxe is able to perform a fact-based evaluation that calculates the true cost of fashion and the sustainability strength of each brand and its products. By measuring your environmental footprint and comparing it to traditional industrial practices, we can show you the environmental savings you make when you purchase a product from our store. The evaluation consists of quantitative and qualitative questions, each of which is integrated into the 7 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and categorised into our 6 strengths of sustainability, i.e. Water, Air, Energy, Materials, Conditions of Work and Commitment.
We also dive deep into the entire supply chain and evaluate the life-cycle footprint of each product, right from the production of raw materials to its management and recyclability. Below are the measures that form an epitome of our analysis derived from the strength of sustainability –
An estimated half a million tonnes of clothing microfibers are leaking into our oceans every year. It’s often fabric that could otherwise be downcycled into things like upholstery or upcycled into beautiful new garments or clothes. We partner with brands that believe in the ‘Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle’ mantra. To be precise, we ensure that they are efficient in managing their textile waste, use organic dyes and materials, and recycle their textile waste in order to reduce the overall amount of waste.
More than 98 million tonnes of non-renewable resources are used annually by the fashion industry. These include oil for the production of synthetic fibers, fertilisers for cotton plantations, and chemicals for the dyeing and finishing of fibers and fabrics. In addition to these, they are also responsible for about 1.2 billion tons of CO2 emissions.
At UpcycleLuxe, we dig deep into the sustainability standards and renewable energy practices a brand implements and follows to reduce their carbon footprints and improve air quality for all life on earth.
Water, the common denominator for all life on earth, and yet the fashion industry is responsible for polluting more than 93 billion cubic meters of it. Not only do they bite a large portion of our natural water resources, but they also deteriorate people’s health.
It takes up to 200 tonnes of fresh water per tonne of dyed fabric. In most clothing-producing countries, after the dyeing phase, untreated toxic wastewater containing lead, mercury, and arsenic, among other things, is directly dumped into the surrounding freshwater resources. This is extremely harmful both to aquatic life and to people living around these freshwater resources.
We support brands that choose to monitor and reuse their water as much as possible, opt for waterless non-toxic dyes and solutions, and are willing to opt for better alternatives to address these issues.
The manufacture of fabrics and clothing is intense and often synonymous with low wages, exaggerated working hours, and human rights abuses. The fashion industry is also one of the most female-dominated industries in the world, but, unfortunately, it has not been able to provide these same women with a basic fair wage that hinders them from even providing basic education for their children.
Gender equality, fair pay, and zero tolerance for violence and harassment are what we stand for. We also ensure that brands provide a secure and healthy workplace, do not violate any fundamental human rights, build a strong foundation with local community craftsmen and truly harness the power of ‘Vocal for Local’ ideals.
If it put your body at risk for cancer, would you wear a dress? We don’t think so.
Approximately 2,000 synthetic chemicals are used in clothing manufacture, most of which contain known carcinogens and hormonal disruptors. These chemicals include lead, mercury, chlorine, and formaldehyde, etc., which we know about, while others are kept under lock and key hidden in the depths of the industry’s most popular styles.
We opt for brands that use organic and natural materials such as organic cotton, linen, silk, wool, and hemp that allow the body to breathe, detoxify, and naturally regulate its temperature.
The sustainability valuation serves three main functions
- It helps brands to identify their strengths and weaknesses in the six strengths through their value chain.
- It Measures and scores the efforts under each strength in an objective manner, following an in-depth assessment.
- It serves the purpose of transparently and intuitively indicating the sustainability efforts of each brand with an Impact Quotient to UpcycleLuxe users.
Upcycleluxe aims to encourage and guide brands to become leaders in the field of environmental transparency and action towards our mission. The sustainability evaluation questions are investigated on reliable sources, such as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the World Resources Institute, the World Bank, Fashion Industry Pulse, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, and many other research papers and scientific working groups reports. Most of the issues are based on and adapted from well-known standard organisations such as the Global Reporting Initiative, the CDP, and the UN Global Compact. These organisations commonly assess the sustainability performance of businesses on issues such as climate change and human rights. Some of the questions have been adapted to the field of fashion and textiles, as standard organisations do not specifically address their questions to these industries.
The UpcycleLuxe Sustainability Evaluation links the contribution of SDGs to each question. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals ( SDGs) identify global sustainable development priorities and objectives for 2030 and aim to unite global efforts around a shared set of goals and objectives. SDGs enables companies to explore relevant indicators that may be useful in measuring and reporting the sustainability practices and development of the organisation.