Reducing our environmental impact
Responsible sourcing and packaging

Reducing our environmental impact

We take climate change extremely seriously and are constantly taking steps to reduce our environmental impact. We’re looking at everything we do to see if we can be using more sustainable materials, reducing waste and working more efficiently. This might mean anything from sending our tea bags to the compost heap and banning the use of disposable cutlery and coffee cups in our café to using regenerated fibres in our swimwear and sustainably sourced paper for our catalogues.

Targets

As far as fabrics go, these are our key goals:

The Better Cotton Initiative

More than 80% of our collection is made from cotton – it’s by far our most important raw material, and we’re well aware that our greatest environmental impact is felt through our cotton consumption.

We’ve already introduced organic cotton to our Baby range, but also signed up to the Better Cotton Initiative in 2018 because we thought it was the right thing to do. It’s the largest cotton sustainability programme in the world, providing training on more sustainable farming practices to more than two million cotton farmers in 21 countries.

The Responsible Sourcing Network Cotton Pledges

In 2018 we made the decision to sign the RSN Cotton Pledges, which means we commit to not knowingly sourcing cotton from Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

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Regenerated swimwear

There are few things more satisfying than turning a negative into a positive – in this case, an ecological problem into a clothing solution. Our swimwear range, which launched in October 2019, is a capsule of four styles made from ECONYL® regenerated fabric. ECONYL® scoops up nylon from oceans (retrieving materials like discarded fishing nets) and processes it back to perfection. It’s swimwear alchemy – luxurious nylon generated from waste material. We’re so proud of it that we’ll be extending it across our swimwear line over the next few seasons.

Shop our planet-friendly swimwear

Boden packaging

Our catalogues and packaging

Rest assured, sustainable packaging is a huge priority for us, and we have a dedicated team looking at ways to improve the materials we use to make them more sustainable. Those handsome boxes that contain your Boden deliveries are made entirely from recycled materials, and they’re recyclable too (so please do). Our shipping bags are already made from 80% recycled material, and we’re working to replace them with an even more sustainable alternative – watch this space. For more than a decade, the pages of our catalogues have been made exclusively of 100% PEFC certified paper, which means it comes from sustainably managed forests, controlled and recycled sources. If you want to receive fewer catalogues, no problem – you can handle your preferences here.

Boden offices

Our offices

At our Leicester warehouse, where most of our orders start their journey, we have a zero-to-landfill policy, and recycle more than 500 tonnes of card and paper and nearly 100 tonnes of plastic in an average year. The lighting’s LED – indoors and out – and the loos are flushed with rainwater (we can rely on the British weather for that). In the US, our Pittston warehouse has a similar set-up, recycling more than 95 tonnes of cardboard and six tonnes of plastic in 2018.

Animal Welfare Statement

Boden believes that any animal derived product used in our clothing should be sourced from animals accorded high standards of animal welfare and that all animals should be treated humanely. Where animals are involved in the supply chain of products, our suppliers must ensure that industry recognised best practice standards are in place in their supply chain to ensure animal welfare is safeguarded at all times. Read our full animal welfare statement below.

  • Full statement
    • The internationally recognised 5 freedoms must be followed:
      • Freedom from hunger and thirst
      • Freedom from discomfort
      • Freedom from pain injury or disease
      • Freedom to express normal behaviour
      • Freedom from fear and distress
    • No Boden products have contained angora since 2011
    • No Boden products have used natural shell products since 2010
    • No Boden products are sourced from endangered species listed in CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species)
    • No Boden products use real fur
    • Boden does not use any animal product obtained by live skinning boiling or plucking
    • Leathers must only be a bi-product of the food industry, no animal should be slaughtered for its skin.  Boden requires humane slaughter with high animal husbandry in accordance with the animal welfare standards set by the OIE in their Animal Health Codes.
    • No Boden products use Astrakhan/Karakul or any other leather/skin products which are the product of unnatural abortions.
    • Animals should not be harmed during farming or collection of hair, this includes: wool, cashmere, Alpaca and yak.
    • Boden’s cashmere comes from known farms, these are visited regularly by our cashmere supplier who follows SFA (Sustainable Fibre Alliance) and CCMI (Cashmere and Camel Hair Manufacturers Institute) guidelines for animal husbandry, farmer welfare and environment protection.
    • Currently we use non-mulsed wool in over 90% of our knitwear ranges. We aim to be 100% by mid-2021. 
    • Boden will no longer use down and feathers from mid 2020
    • Boden took the decision to ban Mohair in 2018. 

Restricted Substances List

Boden recognise that clothing, footwear and accessories cannot be made without the use of chemicals. We do however expect that chemicals should be selected carefully and handled responsibly to ensure that due care is taken to ensure the safety of workers, customers and the environment. The Boden RSL standards are broadly aligned with major international brands and they are based on legal requirements and sound scientific evidence. Compliance with the standards permits Boden to trade globally whilst minimising the risk of harm arising from the manufacture of our products.

Read the full statement here.