By 2025, we aim to have all packaging re-usable, recyclable or compostable
At Best&Less we are proud signatories to the Australian Packaging Covenant and have been for the last five years. Our goal is to have all packaging recyclable, re-useable or compostable by 2025. Through APCO we follow the Sustainable Packaging Guidelines of which the principals are:
- Fit for Purpose – designed to consumers’ needs and cost effective
- Resource Efficiency – minimise the use of materials without compromising quality or safety
- Low-impact Materials – designed to minimise impact on the environment
- Resource Recovery – designed to maximise recovery and recycling
Best&Less also joined the Sustainability Advantage Program in 2018, which is offered through the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and provides solutions to sustainability guidelines and training by expert consultants. Our focus has been on four key pillars:
- Sustainable Clothing
We have made considerable progress in all four areas and it is an ongoing scheme of improvement.
Best&Less has started the journey of integrating the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) into our business with a focus on environmental impacts of fast fashion and human rights concerns in the supply chain. We are also driving a push towards circularity and greater transparency in clothing and textile manufacturing.
We are continually investigating ways in which we can make a significant positive difference with regards to sustainability and have identified priority areas for action and gaps to address.
Best&Less has produced an Organic Cotton Range for the past six years with cotton that is Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified.
We use recycled material certified by Repreve made from recycled plastic bottles.
We are moving all polybags in store to contain recycled content.
Best&Less are part of a hanger recycle program where all instore hangers are recycled.
All cardboard cartons brought into our DC are recycled with Best&Less compacting and recycling over 1000 tonnes of cardboard per annum.
We constantly review the use of packaging across our business to ensure sustainability.
At Best&Less we value our contribution to the environment and the steps we can take to minimise our impact. By 2025 we aim to have all packaging re-usable, recyclable, or compostable. We follow the Sustainable Packaging Guidelines outlined by Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO), and have been nominated for the 2021 APCO Annual Awards. The Annual Awards celebrates Australian organisations leading the way in sustainable packaging design and innovation.
Some of our initiatives include transitioning to more sustainable packaging formats, including FSC certified paper swing-tags, recycled polybags and removing all additional packaging and tags on garments. In addition, we introduced a new range of active wear made from 100 per cent recycled PET plastic bottles (repreve).
These sustainability efforts have also led to us being recognized as a bronze Sustainability Advantage Partner for our leadership and commitment to sustainability, planning and management systems, engagement with stakeholders for sustainable outcomes and evidence of achievements.
These efforts are just the beginning of the overall strategy of our company and with an enduring commitment to new sustainability initiatives in the coming years we hope to achieve maximum results.