What does sustainability mean to Seasalt?
Our goals have always been simple: to craft beautiful clothing that inspires and endures, share our love of Cornwall, and make better choices for our people and planet.
Our new sustainability strategy is structured around four pillars. They are Product, Environment, Innovation and Community. We have a dedicated Sustainability Team that develops and leads the sustainability strategy. They also advise and support departments across the business to make sure we continuously deliver on our environmental and social commitments.
Read more about sustainability at Seasalt here.
How do you raise money for charity?
As part of Seasalt Giving, we make donations from the sale of designated product within our collections. Last year we raised over £100K for our charity partners.
Read more about Seasalt Giving here.
Which charities do you support?
We’ve launched a new partnership with Mind, the UK’s leading mental health charity. This new collaboration signals a step up in our involvement in one of the causes we believe in most passionately – mental health.
As well as this, we’ve committed to donating £1 million to our charity partners between 2021 and 2025. We also support charities local to each of our shops and donate our handmade window props to local schools and community projects.
In addition to providing charities with financial support, we love to share our time and skills through our volunteering programme and have committed to giving 20,000 volunteering hours by 2025.
How can I get support for my project or charity?
We’ve committed to delivering 20,000 volunteering hours to smaller local charities across the UK by 2025. This will see us share our professional skills, expertise and creativity where it’s needed most.
If you are a charity and you need some volunteers, please email email@example.com. We can then share volunteering opportunities with our employees, and they can sign up to help their chosen charities.
If you are a local community project, hospital or school and would like to reuse our handmade window props, then please ask for more information in your nearest shop.
Where are Seasalt products made?
All our collections are designed in Cornwall. Our primary manufacturers are in India, Turkey, China, Vietnam, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Bulgaria. We support UK manufacturers where possible and sell Leach pottery, Trevarno Skincare and St Eval home fragrances. If you’re curious about your garment’s country of origin, look on its label or at its details online.
What fabrics do you use?
We use natural fibres wherever possible and are proud to have been the first clothing company to achieve Soil Association organic cotton GOTS certification in 2005.
Over 60% of our fabrics are made of 100% natural fibres, including organic cotton, cotton, bamboo, linen and wool. We’ve committed to converting more of our fabrics to more sustainable alternatives by 2024. These commitments include:
100% GOTS Organic Cotton
100% Global Organic Textile Standard-certified cotton to be used across all products by 2024.
100% LWG Leather
100% of our leather to be sourced from gold and silver rated Leather Working Group tanneries by 2024.
100% RWS Wool
100% of the wool used in our collections to be certified by the Responsible Wool Standard by 2024.
100% Closed Loop Viscose
100% of the viscose used in our collections to be responsibly sourced and made using closed loop systems by 2024.
We also created our trademarked waterproof organic cotton fabric Tin Cloth® and continue to innovate and work towards more sustainable fabric options. If you’d like to read more about how we’re doing this, you can find more information in our latest Sustainability Report.
Do you use any chemicals when making your products?
We do. All the dyes and chemicals we use in production conform to the EU regulations for the restricted use of chemicals REACH, and we spot check suppliers every season. We have a detailed Production Standards Manual that clearly sets out what chemicals can and can’t be used in the production of our clothing.
How do you ensure workers in the supply chain are treated fairly?
We’re full members of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) and our Compliance and Ethics Team makes sure that all our suppliers commit to the ETI Base Code of practice, an internationally recognised code of labour practice designed to protect workers’ rights. You can read more about this in our Sustainability Report.
Manufacturing products abroad comes with a responsibility to the partners we work with as well as their employees. We work with trusted suppliers and commit to long term relationships to ensure we bring you the best quality products. We also make sure we have an in-depth understanding of each supplier, their facilities and working conditions. Our Design, Buying and Technologist teams are in daily contact with our suppliers and make regular visits to carry out audits.
What is your approach to animal welfare?
Our Production Standards Manual requires all our suppliers to commit to high standards of animal welfare. We only source leather and suede that is a by-product of the food industry, where animals have been treated in a humane way.
We are also members of the Leather Working Group (LWG). The LWG is an international, not-for-profit membership organisation responsible for the world’s largest leather sustainability program. LWG is committed to improving environmental stewardship in the leather manufacturing industry, as well as traceability of materials.
We work with Leather Working Group certified tanneries. Leather Working Group (LWG) certification is an assurance that the leather we use is kinder to the environment and better for workers. We’re aiming for all our leather footwear and bags to be made with Gold and Silver rated leather by 2024.
In addition, our wool yarns are sourced exclusively from farms that do not practice mulesing and use responsible harvesting methods, such as clipping and shearing. We do not use Angora in our products.
Read more in our Sustainability Report.
How does Seasalt consider the environment?
We recognise the way we run our business has a direct impact on the planet and we are working hard to improve our environmental performance across all areas of the company. By making responsible decisions about decreasing waste, energy use, travel and water use, we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint. If you’d like to read more about how we’re doing this, you can find more information in our Sustainability Report.
What are you doing to reduce single-use plastic in packaging?
We’re working to eliminate the use of all unnecessary consumable materials at Seasalt, including single-use plastic in our packaging. We’ve already removed 18 tonnes of single-use plastic from our business each year by replacing mailbags, packing tape and bubble wrap with environmentally friendly and recyclable alternatives. We’ve also removed individual plastic garment bags from our online orders, which we collect and recycle through our recycling partners.
If you’d like to read more about how we’re doing this, you can find more information in our Sustainability Report.