In 2019: We're watching our waste
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More eco-friendly clothing is our new year's resolution

In 2019: We're watching our waste

Words— Frank And Oak staff

We've got big plans for 2019 that chiefly involve taking our environmentally conscious clothing to the next level. We’re furthering our commitment to minimal impact products—this means more materials and methods that help us look after the planet.

 

Big strides

 


 

 

 

 

In 2017 we began with just under 5% of our styles made with minimal impact materials or processes. 

 

In 2018, we upped that number to approximately 30%, increasing our sourcing and use of eco-conscious materials (including cotton, hemp, TENCEL®, lyocell, and 3M™Thinsulate), organic cotton, and cruelty-free, featherless outerwear, along with resource-efficient processes such as our hydro-less denim.

 

In 2019, approximately 50% of the products we make will be made with these minimal impact processes.

 

 

 

 

Prioritizing recycled materials

 


 

 

 

Going forward, our approach to sourcing our materials will be focused primarily on the use of recycled materials. The environmental impact of a garment can be reduced in several ways, but the biggest impact is choosing to make it out of recycled fabrics. It keeps the fabric out of landfills and cuts the demand for petroleum intensive synthetic fabrics that may be used otherwise.
 
 
While reusing materials remains our priority, we often have to weigh options in order to provide the best quality at the best possible value. When recycled options are not up to our high standards, we will next favour organic materials.

 

 

More ways we’re minimizing our impact

 


 

 

It's not just in our clothing. 

 

Every Frank And Oak store is built as conscientiously as possible with recycled materials and locally-made carbon neutral furniture and fixtures from the likes of friends such as Mobilier de GaspéGus* ModernÉlément de Base, and d'Arms Luminaires.

 

Our packaging now includes:

  • 100% recycled and recyclable shipping boxes for online orders
  • 50% recycled shipping bags for online orders
  • 100% recycled, recyclable (and soon to be 100% biodegradable) shopping bags for in-store purchases
  • A reusable tote bag available for purchase



To us, it’s clear: investing in programs that reduce our own footprint is the only way to operate. We hope you’ll join us.

 


Our purpose

Designed in Canada. Made for good living. We’re dedicated to providing you with purposefully designed products, made ethically and sustainably.