Our Commitment To The Climate
Here at Bo+Tee it's important to us to be transparent with our customers, open up the conversation on climate change and show our commitment to a happier, healthier planet!
Keep reading to discover the impact of the fashion industry on our planet, as well as the positive steps we're taking in and out of the office to make our brand more eco-friendly.
Let's Look At The Facts…
The clothing and textiles industry is responsible for:
8-10% of the world's greenhouse gas emissions
20% of industrial wastewater pollution worldwide
$500 billion of value is lost every year due to clothing underutilisation and lack of recycling.
Underutilising means these companies don't use the offcuts of fabric, and they buy items in large quantities, so a lot of the clothing simply goes to waste if it doesn't sell. To check out more stats on the clothing and textiles industry, click here
Why does this happen?
A lot of brands don't work closely with the factories that manufacture their clothing, so they have no idea how much waste can occur as items move down the production line. Bo+Tee owns 50% of its factories and has a responsibility contract with the other 50%.
We're Sticking To Our Values…
Bo+Tee is a brand with purpose. On seeing the awful poverty that many children were living in across southeast Asia, our founders Claire Henderson and Mike Branney started selling clothes on eBay and donating the profits to charity. After gaining huge success on eBay, Claire and Mike created their own websites, but the value and purpose behind the brand was never lost. The company has donated over £600k to charity in the last few years.
Our brand is built on ethical values, and we believe we have a responsibility to help the planet, just as we're helping communities in southeast Asia. We're committed to giving our customers unique, high-quality designs without compromising the principles that Bo+Tee was built on.
Our Vision For The Future…
We're committed to making our brand more sustainable, so we have set aims for our future, and we'll be continuing to educate our employees on how we can make Bo+Tee more eco-friendly. As a brand, we aim to:
waste in all areas of our business
What We're Doing Right Now To Create Change & What We’re Planning…
- All lighting in our distribution centre is motion activated to reduce power consumption
- All computers and machinery are turned off when not in use.
- Thermostats are centrally set and adjusted in accordance with outside temperature to facilitate natural heating and cooling where possible
- All lightbulbs throughout our premises are energy saving
- The roof of distribution centre is to be fitted with maximum possible photovoltaic panels
Transportation Carbon Footprint
- 25% of our stock is sent by sea freight instead of air freight
- We're working with courier companies to agree energy efficient collections and distribution of goods
- Implementation of a bike-to-work scheme with employee incentives by mid 2021
- Introduction of a carpool system with employee incentives post Covid
- Move to an all electric vehicle company transportation by the end of 2023
- Install electric-vehicle charging stations in our distribution centre staff car park by the end of 2022
- Use of electric-vehicle trucks for all in country movements by the end of 2025
- Commitment to having 50% of our stock sent by sea freight instead of air freight by the end of 2022
We aim to:
- Ensure all mailing bags, boxes and internal garment bags are fully recyclable or biodegradable
- Introduce paperless invoices, paperless returns and reduce marketing collateral in orders
- Produce all boxes from at-least 30% recycled paper/cardboard by the end of 2022
- Ensure all plastics made from at-least 30% recycled materials by the end of 2022
- Reduce box usage by 20% through checkout initiatives allowing customers to remove the option of a box
- Reduce the number of damaged returned garments going to landfill by 50% by the end of 2022
- Introduce a customer garment recycling or upcycling system process by the end of 2022. Remove plastic tags from all products by the end of 2022