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Advancing Products

 

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The Island Life is all about feeling and looking your best—whoever, and wherever, you are.  Whether you’re prepping for the perfect vacation or just relaxing at home, we’re committed to creating apparel, accessories, food, cocktails, and experiences that work better—for you, and for our environment.

 

From the materials we source to the way we design and produce, we are bringing sustainability into everything we do.

 

Our journey begins with our design and development teams, who craft collections and collectible styles using practices that protect the world we cherish. We hold ourselves to the highest standards in the materials we use. We are just getting started and will continue looking for ways to advance sustainability in our sourcing and production. 

 

Responsible sourcing and manufacturing

 

 

Responsible sourcing and manufacturing

 

 

It’s simple: We only work with garment factories that share our core values of respect and equality in the treatment of their employees. That means every one of our garment factories has to comply with laws and regulations for working standards within their local jurisdiction and international standards. We evaluate our direct suppliers against our Code of Conduct, which incorporates the International Labour Organization’s core conventions and Fair Labor Association standards. Through periodic factory auditing, we take the care and responsibility to make sure our products are made under safe, humane, and ethical working conditions.

 

As members of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), we are committed to implementing Higg tools including the Facility Environmental Module (FEM). The FEM helps us measure our suppliers’ environmental performance across seven key areas: environmental management systems, energy and greenhouse gas emissions, water use, wastewater, air emissions, waste, and chemical management. We first rolled out the FEM to 70% of our Tier 1 apparel suppliers in 2018. Tier 1 suppliers and tier 2 fabric mills representing approximately 80% and 55% of our volume, respectively, completed the 2020 FEM. We are continuing work to improve engagement among tier 1 and 2 suppliers. We also complete the Higg Brand and Retail Module (BRM). This is an assessment tool that allows us to measure and improve our own social and environmental performance across our business.

 

Our approach also extends to the raw materials that we use. We seek to use preferred materials that are more environmentally responsible than their conventional counterparts and are currently working to increase the amount of preferred materials we use. We are also committed to ensuring that all our animal-derived materials are ethically and humanely sourced. While these materials make up a small portion of our material portfolio, we will continue to work in collaboration with our supply chain partners to develop best practices and guidelines.

 

To make sure that our materials are sourced with respect for people and that human rights are upheld, we strictly adhere to the Conflict Minerals Policy adopted by our parent company.

 

 

 

Chemical management

 

 

Making certain our products are safe is our utmost priority. We regularly review and update our chemical policies and restricted substance list. We’ve also aligned with American Apparel and Footwear Association requirements to constantly improve transparency and chemical management. 

 

 

Chemical management

 

Materials

 

 

To keep our classic styles fit for the future, we incorporate innovative materials into our designs. We currently use REPREVE® recycled polyester, LENZING™ ECOVERO™ Viscose and TENCEL™ Modal, and other raw materials that are certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard or Global Recycled Standard–- impeccable-quality fabrics that are optimized for your lifestyle and better for our environment.

 

 

Materials
Our plan for the future

 

Our plan for the future

 

 

We are developing a roadmap to increase the amount of preferred materials we use in our apparel, including defining preferred fibers and setting goals for key categories such as cotton, synthetics, and man-made cellulosic fibers.

 

Like many brands, cotton is at the core of our apparel business. While cotton remains a global commodity, supporting the livelihood of millions of farmers worldwide, its cultivating practices can be detrimental to the environment. In early 2020, we became members of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and are in the process of creating a more strategic cotton sourcing portfolio across our product suite, with a goal of at least 50% of our highest-volume items to be sourced as preferred cotton by 2023. Preferred cotton includes Better Cotton, organic cotton, and recycled cotton.

 

Better Cotton is sourced via a chain of custody model called mass balance. This means that Better Cotton is not physically traceable to end products; however, Better Cotton farmers benefit from the demand for Better Cotton in equivalent volumes to those we source.

 

 

Advancing Products

Advancing products

 

The Island Life is all about feeling and looking your best—whoever, and wherever, you are.  Whether you’re prepping for the perfect vacation or just relaxing at home, we’re committed to creating apparel, accessories, food, cocktails, and experiences that work better—for you, and for our environment.

 

From the materials we source to the way we design and produce, we are bringing sustainability into everything we do.

 

Our journey begins with our design and development teams, who craft collections and collectible styles using practices that protect the world we cherish. We hold ourselves to the highest standards in the materials we use. We are just getting started and will continue looking for ways to advance sustainability in our sourcing and production. 

 

 

 

Responsible sourcing and manufacturing

 

 

It’s simple: We only work with garment factories that share our core values of respect and equality in the treatment of their employees. That means every one of our garment factories has to comply with laws and regulations for working standards within their local jurisdiction and international standards. We evaluate our direct suppliers against our Code of Conduct, which incorporates the International Labour Organization’s core conventions and Fair Labor Association standards. Through periodic factory auditing, we take the care and responsibility to make sure our products are made under safe, humane, and ethical working conditions.

 

As members of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), we are committed to implementing Higg tools including the Facility Environmental Module (FEM). The FEM helps us measure our suppliers’ environmental performance across seven key areas: environmental management systems, energy and greenhouse gas emissions, water use, wastewater, air emissions, waste, and chemical management. We first rolled out the FEM to 70% of our Tier 1 apparel suppliers in 2018. Tier 1 suppliers and tier 2 fabric mills representing approximately 80% and 55% of our volume, respectively, completed the 2020 FEM. We are continuing work to improve engagement among tier 1 and 2 suppliers. We also complete the Higg Brand and Retail Module (BRM). This is an assessment tool that allows us to measure and improve our own social and environmental performance across our business.

 

Our approach also extends to the raw materials that we use. We seek to use preferred materials that are more environmentally responsible than their conventional counterparts and are currently working to increase the amount of preferred materials we use. We are also committed to ensuring that all our animal-derived materials are ethically and humanely sourced. While these materials make up a small portion of our material portfolio, we will continue to work in collaboration with our supply chain partners to develop best practices and guidelines.

 

To make sure that our materials are sourced with respect for people and that human rights are upheld, we strictly adhere to the Conflict Minerals Policy adopted by our parent company.

 

Chemical management

Chemical management

 

Making certain our products are safe is our utmost priority. We regularly review and update our chemical policies and restricted substance list. We’ve also aligned with American Apparel and Footwear Association requirements to constantly improve transparency and chemical management. 

 

 

Materials

Materials

 

To keep our classic styles fit for the future, we incorporate innovative materials into our designs. We currently use REPREVE® recycled polyester, LENZING™ ECOVERO™ Viscose and TENCEL™ Modal, and other raw materials that are certified to the Global Organic Textile Standard or Global Recycled Standard–- impeccable-quality fabrics that are optimized for your lifestyle and better for our environment.

 

 

Materials

Our plan for the future

 

We are developing a roadmap to increase the amount of preferred materials we use in our apparel, including defining preferred fibers and setting goals for key categories such as cotton, synthetics, and man-made cellulosic fibers.

 

Like many brands, cotton is at the core of our apparel business. While cotton remains a global commodity, supporting the livelihood of millions of farmers worldwide, its cultivating practices can be detrimental to the environment. In early 2020, we became members of the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) and are in the process of creating a more strategic cotton sourcing portfolio across our product suite, with a goal of at least 50% of our highest-volume items to be sourced as preferred cotton by 2023. Preferred cotton includes Better Cotton, organic cotton, and recycled cotton.

 

Better Cotton is sourced via a chain of custody model called mass balance. This means that Better Cotton is not physically traceable to end products; however, Better Cotton farmers benefit from the demand for Better Cotton in equivalent volumes to those we source.