SUSTAINABLE OPERATIONS

The biggest carbon footprint for clothing companies is made by the production supply chains and the products themselves. We prioritize working on improvements in the manufacturing and use of sustainable materials that have the biggest positive impact. This does not mean, however, that we do not look into our own operations and behaviour to reduce our direct impact on the environment.

From packing, shipping and storing our products, to running our offices, showrooms and stores, there are many things we do that have an effect on our environment. Consequently, we also look into all steps that can reduce the footprint of the operational processes that delivers the finished product from our warehouses to our customers.

Our scope

The scope of our own operations shown below includes facilities owned or rented by G‑Star e.g. warehouses, offices and showrooms and G‑Star own & operated stores. The factories that we work with, franchise stores, multi-brand stores, and logistic hubs are not included.

G-Star wants to reduce its direct impact on the environment in particular by focusing on minimizing carbon emissions of its own operations and aimed for a 20% reduction of its carbon footprint by 2020 compared to its emissions in 2014. This follows strict reduction guidelines that dictate carbon emissions relative to either the size of the facility, the number of employees therein, or pieces of product produced.


Efficiency is essential when it comes to distributing G‑Star products to our stores, which is why we design our distribution centers and warehouses to be flexible, scalable and automated. To minimize our carbon emissions, we implement measures ranging from limiting energy use to partnering with transportation companies that meet leading standards in sustainability and environmental protection.

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OUR FOOTPRINT

Over the years G‑Star has conducted several analyses with external parties to determine the footprint, as well as identify the biggest areas of impact.

  • Our carbon footprint analyses over the year 2007 showed the biggest impact was made during inbound logistics.
  • In 2013 we analyzed the carbon footprint of G‑Star RAW retail stores. The largest impact on Co2 output was observed to be coming from the lighting, cooling, and heating of our stores as well as from construction and furnishing materials. LED light and more efficient cooling & heating solutions were implemented and included in our footprint reduction strategy. Furthermore, stores are able to replace their polyester mannequins with new ones made of paper pulp or bio resins. Most of these solutions are not only more energy efficient but also more cost efficient than alternatives.
  • In 2014, after moving into a new headquarters in Amsterdam and warehouse, a new footprint over the year 2014 was made. The scope of the footprint included Electricity and heating (in headquarter and warehouses), Business travel and cargo (both air and sea). The results of the footprint showed a too high % of emissions caused by air-cargo.
  • In 2017 students analysed G-Star’s efforts and opportunities with regards to the reduction of energy use, waste and greenhouse gases for the Amsterdam based headquarter and warehouses. They concluded that our relatively new buildings were built according to modern energy efficient norms. An example is the excessive use of glass at our headquarters, which results in less use of lighting as daylight is the primary source of light. This and other efforts have resulted in the building receiving an A-label for energy. Further the students proposed ways in which waste and Co2 can be reduced in G-Star’s own operations, including the use of polybags and efficient use of lighting in our warehouses.

Based on the above analysis, G‑Star concluded that it will focus on three areas with respect to footprint reduction- buildings, goods and people- with clear reduction targets for 2020.

”We focus on minimizing carbon emissions of our own operations by looking at our warehouses, offices, showrooms and G‑Star stores.“

PLASTIC

G-Star is committed to contribute to the reduction of plastic pollution. That is why we are working towards the elimination of single-use, non-durable and unnecessary plastics in all our operations. In 2014, plastic shopping bags have been replaced with paper bags made from FSC® certified paper in all our stores worldwide. This way we reach an annual reduction of more than 1.5 million plastic bags accounting for approximately 70,000 kg plastic. In addition, we prevent the use of plastic at our offices by measures such as banning plastic water bottles.

One of our biggest challenges is replacing the plastic polybags needed to maintain the quality of our products during transportation and shipment to customers. Since 2015, G‑Star is testing polybags that are compostable and biodegradable starting with Raw For The Oceans campaign. Although we did not find a sustainable solution yet to replace all polybags in our supply chain, we are continuing to work with our partners to find an alternative that complies to the technical requirements.

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