Sustainability is core to everything we do
From our fabrics to our factories, to our packaging and our freight. Because we believe there should be no compromise on people or planet.
We've recycled over 250,000 post-consumer bottles into our fabrics that are GRS certified, with over 31 bottles in every jacket we make.
We only partner with manufacturers who have ethical certifications and create long term relationships with, to ensure we’re able to create the highest quality product that is sustainably and ethically made.
All of our fabrics are certified recycled or organic, predominantly using Global Recycle Standard (GRS) recycled polyester made from recycled post-consumer bottles for our jackets and activewear, in addition to using Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) organic cotton. Our garment tags (for back neck, sizing and care) are all recycled, and we use recycled card for our swing tags. Head to each product page to learn more where the fabric is made.
Our garment manufacturers who we partner with have various ethical certifications including BSCI, WRAP, SMETA and GOTS. However as a small business we're unable to mandate this, which is why we created our Code of Conduct (covering the ILO Four Fundamental Freedoms principles) to ensure there is accountability, transparency and a standardised code across our supply chain.
We craft our raincoat fabric in Taiwan and our garments in Xiamen, China by a manufacturer with the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), meaning they're audited by a third party to ensure they comply to local laws and we receive a detailed report with information about their compliance and working conditions.
Our activewear manufacturer is in Xiamen, China and is a small factory with strict (and fair) working conditions to ensure there is no underage labour, wages are above minimum and leave is paid.
Our organic cotton mill and manufacturer is located in Tiruppur, India and is outstanding for their policies for their employees, in addition to free training programs if they wish to upskill and lunch provided every day.
We've partnered with Green Story to calculate and offset each product's carbon footprint (that are verified carbon standard). Head to each product page to see the carbon footprint per product. Some of the offsetting projects that we support include wind farms, solar power and forest protection.
We've planted over 11,150 trees, since 2020 when we started our plant a tree for every order initiative in partnership with Eden Reforestation Projects. This has provided over 100 days of paid employment and helping to further create a positive impact (noting this initiative is in addition to our carbon offsetting).
We aim to send 80% of our product via sea freight and 20% via air freight in order to reduce our carbon footprint as much as possible. However given the ongoing effects of covid and delays within supply chain this is a challenging goal (but one we're still striving for).
Each year we publish a Sustainability Report consolidating our efforts and achievements in the past year and our future goals for accountability and transparency, with our 2021/2022 Sustainability Report due to be published in September. Read our 20/21 Report here and our 19/21 Report here.
PACKAGING & SHIPPING
Since we launched we've always used recyclable and compostable packaging, never using single use plastic packaging. All of our packaging is home-compostable and/or recyclable to ensure we’re not creating any additional waste. We use recycled cardboard for our mailing boxes and thank you cards (that are also recyclable), and send our garments in bags made from corn that will decompose in your home compost. This way we’re able to avoid the majority of single use plastics, only using a handful of plastic bags per year - rather than the thousands a company of our (small) size would typically use. And working with local suppliers where available including for our recycled thank you cards. We ship via Australia Post within Australia which is carbon neutral.
We currently stock size 8 - 18 AU (XS - XXL) however are always looking to increase our sizing, which unfortunately as a small business can be limiting. When we first launched we stocked to a size 14, then introduced a 16, and this year was able to introduce an 18. We hope to introduce a size 20 in 2023 and to continually expand our sizing range. If we don't currently stock your size we'd love it if you're able to fill in our sizing survey hereso we can find out from our community what other sizes we should launch.
Whilst we aren't certified vegan, our entire product range is animal free, not using any fabrics or trims made from animals or byproducts. In 2021 we created a Recycled Puffer Jacket made entirely from recycled bottles (including the fill/insulation) that won a PETA fashion award.
Amble's office is located on Wurundjeri land (Richmond, Victoria, Australia). We choose value aligned suppliers for our office; from a carbon neutral energy provider, to refillable cleaning supplies, to toilet paper from a social enterprise, and ensuring all soft plastics (received from exchanges/returns) are recycled appropriately. Our preferred Superannuation provider is an ethical super fund for women by women.
Later in 2022 we'll be introducing a formal repairs program, but currently repair products in the infrequent circumstance when there is a faulty, partnering with local businesses, ensuring the product life is extended as long as possible.
We have a take back program for products at their end of life/when they're been worn beyond repair, partnering with Upparel to recycle our textiles, so customers can send back their Amble products to us, or directly to the recycler. Saving them from landfill and bringing us a little bit closer to a circular supply chain.