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OUR
MATERIALS

It's well-known that the production of raw materials used to make clothing contributes to a significant social and environmental footprint – and we're determined to change that.

TIMELY
TRANSFORMATION

TIMELY TRANSFORMATION

ANIMAL DERIVED MATERIALS

From wool to leather, animal derived materials are intrinsic in our collections. So it's crucial we address the issues associated with production, such as animal welfare, loss of biodiversity and preservation of farmer and local community prosperity.

By working with these globally-recognised standards, we're ensuring our materials are more responsible.

Responsible Wool Standard

Responsible Wool Standard

The Responsible Wool Standard/RWS verifies wool animal welfare and land management requirements and tracks it from the source to the final product.

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Leather Working Group

Leather Working Group

The Leather Working Group/LWG aims to improve the leather manufacturing industry by creating alignment on environmental priorities, bringing visibility to best practices and providing suggested guidelines for continual improvement.

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Abraham moon & sons
and wool integrity™ programme

Abraham moon & sons
and wool integrity™ programme

For over three decades, we've collaborated with the Abraham Moon mill in Yorkshire, one of the last remaining vertical woollen mills in Great Britain. World-renowned for quality, they use New Zealand wool sourced via the Wool Integrity™ Programme, which provides assurances around animal Welfare and land management, traceability, wool quality, health and safety and wellbeing.

Find out more about Abraham Moon and the Wool Integrity™ programme.

Recycled wool

For some time now, we've been using certified recycled wool from our trusted Italian mills. By using post-consumer wool, we are reducing energy consumption, the amount of processing needed to make the fibre, the use of water, dyes and chemicals, as well as helping to divert waste from landfill.

PLANT BASED
FIBRES

Across our plant based fibres, we are focused to address farming practices, which will help us to address decent work and progressive agricultural methods protecting soil health, water scarcity and biodiversity. Here's who we're working with as part of this process.

BY 2025,
A MINIMUM OF

0

%

OF OUR FABRICS WILL COME FROM MORE RESPONSIBLE AND LOWER IMPACT SOURCES

HOBBS IS COMMITTED TO SOURCING 80% OF OUR COTTON AS ‘MORE RESPONSIBLE COTTON’ BY 2025.‘MORE RESPONSIBLE COTTON’ INCLUDES BETTER COTTON, RECYCLED COTTON AND ORGANIC COTTON.

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MAN-MADE FIBRES
USING
NATURAL SOURCES

We're increasing our use of responsible viscose and other man-made cellulosic fibres. By doing so, we're eliminating the deforestation of ancient and endangered forests while ensuring the chemically intensive pulp dissolving and fibre production processes are responsibly managed.

RESPONSIBLE VISCOSE

Viscose is a man-made cellulosic fibre widely used across the fashion industry. Luxuriously soft with a beautiful drape, it lends itself perfectly to our effortlessly elegant and wearable designs.

While viscose uses natural wood pulp, the manufacturing process can be chemically-intensive and harmful to the environment. We want to safeguard our planet, its species and ecosystems so we've taken steps to switch from generic viscose to responsible alternatives – such as LENZING™ ECOVERO™, LivaEco by Birla Cellulose™ and FSC® viscose.

LENZING™ ECOVERO™

LENZING™ ECOVERO™

LENZING™ ECOVERO™ branded Viscose fibres are the new standard in responsible viscose production. Sourced from FSC® and PEFC™ certified forests, the manufacture of LENZING™ ECOVERO™ fibres has a low environmental impact, generating up to 50% lower emissions and water impact compared to generic viscose.

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Livaeco by birla cellulose™

Livaeco by birla cellulose™

Sourced from FSC certified forests, LivaEco by Birla Cellulose™ production has low environmental impact with low water consumption and low carbon emissions with fully traceability verification at each stage of production.

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SYNTHETIC MATERIALS

Although synthetic materials can be easy to care for and long-lasting, we want to reduce our reliance on them. Instead, we're using recycled materials that would have ended up in landfills. It's not the perfect solution, which is why we're always looking for more responsible alternatives.

RECYCLED POLYESTER

RECYCLED POLYESTER

RECYCLED NYLON

RECYCLED SEQUINS

RECYCLED POLYESTER

MATERIALS WE NEVER USE

It's also important to highlight the fibres we will never use because of the unacceptable practices and processes involved in obtaining or creating them.

We've listed them below:

angora

Exotic skins

Virgin down feathers

Real fur

Shell trims from endangered species

Wool from mulesed sheep

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MANUFACTURING

Find out how we're working with suppliers to lower our impact at every stage.

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PACKAGING

We're making sure it's made from recycled materials and fully recyclable.

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CARE GUIDES

Learn how to prolong the lifespan of your clothes and prevent landfill.

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