Eliminating Harmful Chemicals, F&F
F&F are committed to knowing where our fabrics are produced and that our garments are legal and safe and free from harmful chemicals.
Wherever in the world our products are made, we want to ensure they are manufactured in a way that protects the workers in our supply chains and safeguards the environment. As part of this, F&F supports the ‘precautionary principle’ whereby a substance may harm the environment but the type or magnitude of harm are not yet known. This means making sure that the chemicals we use during the manufacturing process is not having an adverse effect on fresh water bodies like rivers and lakes.
F&F acknowledges and understands the seriousness of hazardous chemicals and has committed to the goal of zero discharge of hazardous chemicals across the entire product life-cycle by 2020.
We achieve this by working with known affordable and trusted fabric suppliers who are committed to achieving our standards. Our preferred mills use preferred chemistry.
We aim to do business with fewer suppliers, so that our customer will benefit from improved consistency and quality. We regularly visit our fabric mills around the world to strengthen our relationships through training and workshops. Our mill day event takes place twice a year in the F&F head office.
We use this event to bring our supply chain closer together to discuss industry challenges and share insight. We also work with global testing agencies and leading chemical experts to ensure we can meet current and future requirements on chemicals and fabric production . These actions provide us with the confidence that our products will not only keep meeting customer expectations but will also remain legal, safe and affordable
The scale and complexity of the issue means that this is not something we can achieve on our own, so we are working collaboratively with stakeholders in the industry to have a significant impact across our supply chain and to address systemic challenges. F&F is now a signatory member of Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals ZDHC, we agree to the content, actions and timelines outlined in the Joint Roadmap.
Building on our existing roadmap to phase out hazardous chemicals by 2020, in June 2017 we announced our commitment to the Greenpeace DETOX campaign. In addition to specific timelines for phasing out certain chemical groups, our individual DETOX action plan includes increased transparency about which suppliers we use and their performance in phasing out the use of hazardous chemicals.
We will continue to collaborate with industry to achieve the goals of the DETOX campaign and to push for robust chemical management and sustainable sourcing in our textile supply chains.
Policy on Sandblasting
Sandblasting is used on denim and other fabrics to create a fashionable worn or used look. The process involves firing sand, powder or other small particles at high speed on to the fabric and creates high levels of dust in the atmosphere. In some factories where sandblasting is inadequately controlled, it can cause fatal lung diseases for the workers carrying out the task.
Since 2010 we have banned sandblasting both in the production of our garments and at sites where our garments are made. We make strict checks on all product finishing processes to ensure we maintain this ban.