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January 20, 2020

Frank & Oak commits to using recycled polyester fibres

Canadian fashion and lifestyle brand Frank And Oak has outlined a set of new sustainability commitments, to be achieved by 2022, with an emphasis on recycled materials and harnessing renewable energy.

By Michelle Russell

Canadian fashion and lifestyle brand Frank And Oak has outlined a set of new sustainability commitments, to be achieved by 2022, with an emphasis on recycled materials and harnessing renewable energy.

Recently certified as a B Corporation (2019), Frank And Oak has outlined five sustainability goals that involve eliminating the use of virgin materials and increasing responsible energy and operations practices.

“The climate crisis is an issue that is deeply important to us at Frank And Oak,” said CEO and co-founder Ethan Song. “Over the last few years, we have been able to be nimble and agile to adapt our business practices to better serve our planet, and as well, our customers. Though we have made significant strides, we recognise that there is still so much we need to do as the climate crisis continues to worsen. This is why we have set such ambitious goals, to remain accountable to ourselves, our customers and our communities.”

The five goals include:

Goal 1 – Zero virgin plastic – by 2022, Frank And Oak aims to cut all virgin plastic in their supply chain. The first step towards this goal is currently underway as the brand begins to use exclusively 100% compostable, plant-based bags for shipping, while also removing excess shipping packaging.

Goal 2 – Zero virgin polyester – Frank And Oak will only use recycled polyester fibres to make shell fabrics, labels, and trims in an effort to eliminate all virgin polyester in their supply chain by 2022.

Goal 3 – 100% offset of greenhouse gas (GHG) scope 1 emissions – Frank And Oak will increase their collaborations with local and international partners to reduce logistics mileage and offset last-mile GHG. By 2022 Frank And Oak will further these offset activities to include all markets they operate in.

Goal 4 – Increase our use of renewable energies – Frank And Oak plans to run their headquarters, warehouse, and retail stores on 100% renewable energy by 2022. New facilities will have green energy sources, water meters, and waste management systems incorporated into their building plans.

Goal 5 – Encourage zero-waste philosophy – Frank And Oak headquarters will remain Fair Trade certified and they will also continue to work with local partners to use furniture that is either second-hand or sustainably made in all Frank And Oak stores and the brand’s headquarters. Frank And Oak’s zero-waste philosophy will be enforced company-wide by providing employees with training, zero-waste challenge initiatives, and reusable materials.

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