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OXFORD’S CARBON COMMITMENT

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT AND RISKS IN THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Oxford has a commitment to greatly reduce the natural and social costs of its products to capitalize on rising demand without taxing the environment or human welfare. To that end, we will all benefit from innovations that allow our products to be made using less energy and material and to be reused or recycled with ease.

 


APPAREL BUSINESSES TO LEAD THE WAY

At Oxford, we are committed to doing our part by building an ethical supply chain that creates high-quality, low-impact and long-lasting products. We carefully consider the origin of all materials before executing a collection and work with our production partners to reduce waste, chemicals, and plastics that endanger our planet’s people and ecosystems.

 


COOLING THE EARTH

The world’s inhabitants are emitting far too much carbon into the atmosphere and destabilizing the earth’s climate. The science is clear: the planet can still be saved but there is no time for complacency. A reduction in carbon emissions to limit warming to 1.5°C, as noted in the Paris Agreement and to achieve this goal, global carbon emissions must be reduced by half by 2030 and net-zero emissions by 2050.

 


OXFORD’S CARBON COMMITMENT

The Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi) ensures we meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. In line with the 1.5℃ warming pathway, we are committed to the following:

* 55% lower per product carbon emissions by 2030.
* 46% lower absolute emissions in our stores, distribution centre and head office by 2030.
* Net-zero emissions by 2050.

 


OXFORD’S CARBON COMMITMENT

Oxford began this research by measuring, where possible, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions throughout our supply chain. This helped us understand where the highest impacts exist and from there, we began implementing the best paths to reduction. EG. The Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

 


GLOBAL TEMPERATURE AND CARBON DIOXIDE
Global Temperature and Carbon Dioxide

As noted above, there is a positive correlation between the rise in global temperatures and the rise in carbon dioxide emissions.

 


MAINTAINING A CLEAN PLANET

When designing our collections, lengthy consideration is given to the type of materials we employ, using only natural fibres where possible to minimise impact on the environment. Additionally, we work closely with our production partners to minimise waste, reduce chemicals in raw materials, and only use recyclable plastics and packaging to ensure our planet’s ecosystems are not endangered thereby minimising any negative impact on local communities.

To achieve our sustainability goals and hold ourselves accountable to our customers and the environment we have committed to several broad initiatives: eliminating all virgin plastic from our supply chain, utilizing organic cotton production (GOTS), working with Australian Woolmark licenced spinners, weavers and producers, implementing largely recycled polyester/nylon fabrics throughout the casual outerwear ranges and, using only vegetable tanning processes for leather garment and footwear.

Large-scale change rarely happens quickly, however Oxford has made swift progress toward meeting these goals and will accomplish a complete the transformation by the end of 2022.

 


NO NEW PLASTIC

There are more than eight billion tons of plastic on the planet. And once produced, it never goes away. Our commitment includes products, packaging, poly bags, retail stores and distribution centre.

 


CERTIFIED ORGANIC COTTON

Worldwide, cotton farming uses more toxic pesticides per acre than any other crop. These chemicals are harming our planet, stripping the land of nutrients, contaminating waterways, and endangering those who grow it. That’s why we’re moving all our cotton to certified organic by the end of 2022 – we’re 85% of the way as at January 2022.

Certified organic is better for farmers, local communities and for the planet. Instead of toxic pesticides, organic farming uses crop rotation, cover crops and organic fertilizers to create rich life-supporting soil. Pesticides have a bad habit of poisoning groundwater, streams, and rivers, which endangers the people and wildlife that rely on those sources. By replacing dangerous chemicals with natural alternatives and old-school agriculture techniques, farmers are spared dangerous levels of exposure.

 


VERIFIED AUSTRALIAN WOOL

Is finer than human hair and merino can be softer than cashmere. It creates less energy and water than other fibres, using 18% less energy than polyester and nearly 70% less water than cotton to produce 100 sweaters. There are zero microplastics, unlike many synthetics and wool is 100% biodegradable so does not contribute to microplastic pollution in oceans or on land.

 


RECYCLED POLYESTER

Oxford utilises both methods of recycled polyester:

* Mechanical recycling, plastic bottles are melted to make new yarn. This process can only be done a few times before the fibre loses its quality.
* Chemical recycling involves breaking down the plastic molecules and reforming them into yarn. This process maintains the quality of the original fibre and allows the material to be recycled infinitely, but it is more expensive.

Currently over 90% of our apparel fabrics containing polyester and nylon are now made from certified recycled fibres. The material is made from recycling plastic water bottles, fishing nets, fabric excess from cutting patterns, and other items otherwise destined for the waste stream.

 


LEATHER

The leather used is eco-friendly. It is Chromium II free, vegetable tanned leather produced in tanneries that recycles and purifies its wastewater.

 


CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Oxford is joining with Save the Children Fund as a strategic partner on July 1 2022. 

Together we will be establishing a clothing and textiles collection service in several stores. The program will involve receiving clothing on behalf of STHF whereafter it will be resold throughout its 80+ store network with the proceeds going to disadvantaged children.

A secondary benefit of the program is that returned clothing is kept out of landfill and given a new life.

Oxford is developing a ‘circular ecosystem’. This roadmap contributes to its climate and biodiversity ambitions based on the below principles:


* Circular products: Creating products that are made to last, from safe, recycled and more sustainably sourced materials (i.e. either naturally grown, cultivated or created using renewable processes) that can recirculate multiple times.

* Circular supply chains: Fuelling systems that recirculate products and support circular production processes and material flows.

* Circular customer journeys: Providing accessible ways to experience and engage in circular fashion where products are used more, repaired, reused, and recycled.