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Creating an impact that matters

The garment industry is one of the biggest polluters on the planet. However, at Un-Available, we hope to change that by cultivating a new attitude through planet-forward initiatives. 

Our 2020 Sustainability Report provides a retrospect to what we accomplished last year. By highlighting our achievements, things we are working towards, and future goals, we provide an overview of what lies ahead. As our facility continues to shift to tackle our mission, we remain diligent in our cause. And with time being of the essence, there is no room for excuses. It is now about creating a new status quo.

ENERGY

25

% consumption reduction by the end of 2023

WATER

15

% consumption reduction by the end of 2023

CHEMICALS

100

% complying ZDHC standard within our suppliers by 2023

SUPPLY CHAIN

50

% certified with industry standard for environmental and social requirements

PLASTIC

0

single use plastic by 2023

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[ENERGY]

 
A RETROSPECT ON OUR [ENERGY] USED
 
 
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from 2018 to 2023

0.68 kW/garment

0.72 kW/garment

0.76 kW/garment

2018

2019

2020

2021

2022

2023

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0.72kWh/garment (*)

We use the Higg Index to track our energy consumption 

*Data from 2020.

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WHAT WE HAVE [ACHIEVED] SO FAR
BUILDING
 the right mindset
ELECTRICITY
tracking

SOLAR SYSTEM

installed

ENERGY
efficiency increase
WHAT WE ARE [PUSHING] FOR IN THE FUTURE

Our goal is to have a 5% reduction in energy consumption by 2021

[ENERGY] : Solar Power
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[ENERGY] : Solar Power

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[WATER]

 
OUR [WATER] CONSUMPTION USED
in 2020

Our water per garment usage remains consistent at 0,01       /garment (*)
from
May – December 2020

 
 
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10 L

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(*) 10 liters/ garment only refers to the water used at our facility and excludes washing and dyeing processes from our suppliers. Calculation using Higg FEM Baseline Methodology

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WHAT WE HAVE [ACHIEVED] SO FAR
EDUCATING
 our team

INSTALLATION

our new water meter

TRACKING

our water company wide

WHAT WE ARE [PUSHING] FOR IN THE FUTURE

Our goal is to have a 5% reduction in water consumption by 2021
and we plan to introduce a wasterwater treatment system

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Factory's Wastewater

Raw Wastewater

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01 Our facility's raw wastewater goes through our pre-treatment plant before entering the central treatment plant.

Supplier's owned pre-treatment plant

Sludge

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02

Safe disposal

Discharge Wastewater

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Central or Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP)

03 The final wastewater treatment happens at the central or common effluent processing plant.

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02 During the pre-treatment process, sludge, a solid by product, will occur. A waste company collects the sludge for disposal.

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Aquatic body

04 Once the process is complete, the plant releases the water directly into the environment.

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[CHEMICALS]

 
OUR [CHEMICAL] CERTIFICATIONS IN NEW FACILITY
from 2020

We refer to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) and OEKO-TEX requirements. The ZDHC is a group consisting of brands and retailers working towards a zero discharge of hazardous chemicals

WHAT WE HAVE [ACHIEVED] SO FAR
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WHAT WE ARE [PUSHING] FOR IN THE FUTURE

Our goal is to comply 100% with the ZDHC Standard in 2021

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[MATERIALS]

 
WHAT WE HAVE [ACHIEVED] SO FAR
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We developed our own scoring system to identify the environmental impact of each process required to produce a garment

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We sourced GOTS-certified fabrics and recycled fabrics to use for our clients' production

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We worked with our suppliers to source eco-friendly fabrics made from linen, hemp, bamboo, and coffee grounds.

WHAT WE ARE [PUSHING] FOR IN THE FUTURE

At Un-Available, our goal is to create a business model based on a circular economy, which aims to create value at every step of the production process. 

 

To achieve this, we will work with our suppliers to focus on the reusability of raw materials and products.

Circular Economy Resource Supply

Recycle

Reduce

Reuse

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Minimal leakage

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[PLASTIC]

 
[PLASTIC] BAGS USAGE AND WASTAGE BY UA
in 2018, 2019 and 2020
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48.2 %

51.8 %

2018

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42.9 %

57.1 %

2019

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27.6 %

72.4 %

2020

Plastic bag usage

Plastic bag wastage

Plastic bag waste created during production for storing fabric, panels, and garments, cannot be re-used because they are broken or deteriorated. Plastic bags for internal use are for storing fabric, panels, and garments.

WHAT WE HAVE [ACHIEVED] SO FAR
BANNING
single use plastic at UA
ZERO WASTE
cafe

FABRIC BAGS

to replace poly bags

ENVIRONMENTALLY
friendly packaging
WHAT WE ARE [PUSHING] FOR IN THE FUTURE

Our goal is to reduce 80% single use plastic in 2021 internally and amongst our supply chain

[SUPPLY CHAIN]

 
BREAKDOWN OF OUR [SUPPLIERS] BASED ON CERTIFICATIONS
from 2020

OEKO-TEX AND ISO 9001 STANDARDS FOR OUR SUPPLIERS

Subcontractors

Fabric Suppliers

Trim Suppliers

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65%

35%

44%

56%

25%

75%

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Certified (ISO 9001)

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Non-certified (ISO 9001)

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Certified (OEKO-TEX)

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Non-certified OEKO-TEX)

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Certified (OEKO-TEX)

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Non-certified (OEKO-TEX)

WHAT WE HAVE [ACHIEVED] SO FAR

OEKO-TEX is a product label and certification that confirms the ecological safety of textile and leather goods throughout the different steps of a supply chain.

WHAT WE ARE [PUSHING] FOR IN THE FUTURE

Our goal is to assess the working conditions for 100% of suppliers in 2021

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Download our [SUSTAINABILITY] report