SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES AND RESOURCE CONSERVATION
As members of The United Nations Global Compact, we have made a commitment to implement sustainability as a core principle and in the day-to-day operations of the business. This includes engaging in collaborative projects to advance sustainability in the industry.
We care deeply about the environment and prioritise processes that help protect it.
As a print house, we place water stewardship in high priority. In order to achieve the best possible colours and finishes, almost all of our print fabrics are digitally printed. This process uses around 60% less water than screen printing. Our suppliers use eco-friendly, low-waste techniques, and water-based dyes.
We work with the OEKO-TEX100 and ISO 14001:2015 certification systems. For more detail on these, and our goals and progress, see here.
In June 2021, we completed our first greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions inventory.
Most of our fabrics come from natural fibres, with the highest proportion being silk. We work with a vertical operation silk supplier with its own mulberry plantations and silkworm breeding farms in China.
ZIMMERMANN is a proud member of The Better Cotton Initiative. Read more about our cotton goals here. We also use linen, which comes from flax - a hardy plant that grows on less fertile soil and requires little or no pesticides. Our use of synthetic fibres is minimal.
ZIMMERMANN is fur-free, and we do not use angora.
While swimwear accounts for a smaller proportion of our range, it remains a key focus for ZIMMERMANN. Our swim fabrics come from an Italian mill that prioritises sustainable practices, including reduced energy consumption and high-tech water efficiency, recycling and treatment processes. Our swim hardware, such as the back clasp and sliders, are OKEO-TEX100 certified, and comply with REACH. Additional swimwear trims made from nylon, acrylic, rubber and plastic also have OKEO-TEX100 certification. We have transitioned 77% of our swimwear lining to recycled nylon.
In store, our retail hangers are made from sustainably sourced wooden material. We reuse our B2B hangers many times over. We are always looking at ways to reduce our plastic footprint.
We strive to reduce, recycle and reuse across all aspects of our business.
We upcycle, on sell, are participating in circular yarn initiatives, use sustainable fabrics and donate excess fabrics. For details on these initiatives, see here.