We put sustainability at the core of everything we do. Our factory uses the most efficient, eco-friendly and pro-social technologies and practices we can get. We invest in green building infrastructure to minimize our waste, water, and energy footprints. By providing on-the-job training and opportunities for growth, we also invest in the people who make this revolution possible.
At Reformation we think about all the costs in creating fashion—not just the price tag. RefScale tracks our environmental footprint by adding up the pounds of carbon dioxide emitted and gallons of water we use, and pounds of waste we generate. Then we calculate how Reformation’s products help reduce these impacts compared with most clothes bought in the US. We share this information on every product page of our website and tell you exactly what impact each garment has on the environment. This way we all get to see the total cost of fashion so you can make empowered choices, and we can keep creating better solutions when it comes to making clothes.
We source electricity offsets from 100% wind power suppliers and use LED lighting and Energy Star-rated appliances in our offices. We’ve installed a cool roof that reflects heat and light away, offsetting about 200 tons of CO2 equivalent emissions a year.
We revitalized the alley behind our headquarters to create a beautiful, relaxing garden for our team to enjoy the outdoors, plant some veggies, and gather for meetings and parties. With a laundry-to-irrigation system where the used water from the washer (grey water) irrigates the garden, we help recycle over 80,000 gallons of water per year back into the hydrology of the soil.
We recycle, compost organic wastes, and recycle or donate our textile scraps whenever possible. Zero waste is our goal. Right now, we recycle about 75% of all our garbage. Our goal is to reach over 85% in 2016. Every little thing adds up.
On average, e-commerce uses about 30% less energy than traditional retail. Good news because the majority of our customers use our online site to make purchases (we’re all for never getting out of bed either)
We aim for the most efficient, lowest impact solution available—then we purchase carbon offsets to cover every single domestic shipment we make. We are currently working to set up a carbon neutralshipping program with our international shipper.
Typical hangers are made of plastic or metal and have the lifespan of only 3 months. We use recycled paper hangers to lessen the demand for new materials and to keep junk from landfills.
Reusable tote bags
Americans toss 102 billion plastic bags a year. We opt for reusable totes because they lighten the load. Plus they’re way cuter.
Americans throw away 68 pounds of clothing per person, per year. You can get pre-paid shipping labels in our stores and on our website so you can recycle your clothes when you’re over them.
We created a sustainable partners program to work with our suppliers to move them past compliance and into awesomeness by investing in their sustainability programs, whether here or abroad. We’re kind of sustainability-pushers like that.
A business uses a ton of stuff. To manage our impact, we adopted Environmentally Preferred Purchasing policies across all our operations for things like office and cleaning supplies, shipping materials, and manufacturing equipment. We prioritize products with recycled-content, and opt for solutions that are recyclable or biodegradable.
Paper and pens
Americans trash 105 billion pens per year, most of them made of plastic. We purchase 100% recycled-content paper and pens made from recycled tires.
Non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning products
We source reclaimed or reused furniture and dishware.
We offer organic snacks in the kitchen.
Our packaging is plastic-free and made from 100% recycled paper products. Plus our tape and hangers use bio-based, non-toxic adhesives. Our garment bags are made from 30% recycled plastic and always get reused. It’s the best we could find, but we want it to be better. If anybody wants to work with us to develop even more magical packaging solutions, let’s chat.
We always source locally first. In total, local and domestic suppliers represent about 80% of our supplies.
Service and community
We think it’s pretty cool when you have a positive impact on your community so we offer incentives for our employees to lend a hand to their community. Some causes are best served simply by donating some cash money, so we do that too when it makes sense.
We provide our staff with one paid day off per month to volunteer. We offer company-wide service days several times a year, and regularly highlight volunteer opportunities to make giving back a little more doable.
We celebrate staff birthdays by donating to TreePeople, an organization that supports urban forests in LA by planting a tree in their name.
We also give back through sustainability-focused collaborations like our Earth Day sweatshirts whose sales went to support TreePeople, and our No Red Carpet Needed Collection of which 25% of the revenue went to support sustainable education at the MUSE School, CA.