Beyond thoughtful design and choosing to work with natural fibres, we consider the impact of all of our business practices on our community and environment.
We exercise responsible purchasing practices, and through careful calculations, aim to only put into manufacture what we expect to sell, with a target that 10% of our garments end up on markdown. For the 2021 fiscal year, we achieved that target.
We see the traditional sale model as a failure, which is why we created our Choose What You Pay Campaigns, turning an oversupply issue into an opportunity to fundraise for worthy causes.
Read more about Choose What You Pay, here.
We are working towards a goal that no Assembly Label products should end up in landfill. From thoughtful product design to reimagining our packaging, we are working hard to ensure that we maintain the best business practices.
Our first report on business and manufacturing practices will be released in December 2022.
Extending the lifecycle of our products.
We’re proud to introduce Re-Worn, our take-back program designed to extend the life of Assembly Label clothing and support a circular economy.
Re-Worn allows you to return your gently-used Assembly Label garments that are no longer in wear. All of our stores will accept these pieces.
After careful inspection, laundering and, if required, repair, the pieces become part of the Re-Worn collection available to shop here in our Fitzroy store.
Anything deemed beyond repair will be recycled through our recycling partner, SCR Group.
Repair & Recycle Service
We are continuously working to reduce our carbon footprint, and are in the process of attaining carbon-neutral certification. Currently, we are offsetting our carbon emissions in the following ways:
We are proud to offer a repair service from our retail stores. Should one of your Assembly Label garments lose a button, have a loose thread or a pulled seam, we will gladly have this professionally mended, free of charge. Naturally, if a customer returns a faulty garment that can’t be repaired, we will provide a refund, store credit or exchange. For advice on how to best care for and extend the life of your Assembly Label clothing, please read through our Fabric Care Guides.
If a product cannot be repaired or passed on, we also offer a recycling service. Our recycling partner SCR Group collects and sorts all items, offering any that are suitable to charity. What can’t be reused in Australia goes to the Australian-owned partner facility in Malaysia for sorting. The items are then either sent to communities where they are needed most, recycled into rags or converted into biofuels.
Our Carbon Footprint
We are continuously working to reduce our carbon footprint and to manage our impact. At present, we are reducing our carbon emissions in the following ways:
Labelling & Packaging
We are working towards a goal of using zero single-use plastic in our supply chain.
In 2021, we undertook a thorough packaging audit to ensure that going forward, all materials we use to transport our products are either compostable or recyclable.
We now use non-plastic alternatives such as biodegradable and compostable satchels from The Better Packaging Co. and recyclable honeycomb kraft paper wrap.
The pallet wrap, tape and shipping labels we now use are biodegradable and compostable, our boxes are recyclable and the pallets we use in our warehouses are recycled.
We partner withEnergy Locals, a carbon-neutral energy provider that provides credits to offset the energy usage of the business. Through Energy Locals, we purchase our energy through Cape Byron Power, operated by Cape Byron Management, consisting of two 30 MW biomass-fired power stations on the NSW North Coast. Together, these form one of the largest renewable baseload generators in Australia. The electricity is predominantly produced from sugarcane waste and certain types of wood residues and energy crops known as biomass fuel.
Shipping is an activity of the business in which we can make significant reductions, so we choose to work with freight partners who offer carbon-neutral delivery services.
We use the following postal services to send our orders:
DHL – Go Green climate neutral service where emissions are offset through climate protection projects. Offset Emissions | DHL | Australia
TNT/FedEx -Committed to becoming carbon neutral, we only use for B2B Sustainability and Carbon Neutrality | FedEx