G-Star is committed to ensure that the raw materials used in our products are manufactured in a responsible way that preserves natural resources and respects human & animal rights. That is why we have the G‑Star Materials Policy that lists our restrictions and requirements for ethical sourcing of raw materials. The standards in the Materials Policy focus on animal welfare, nature conservation and human rights. It includes a ban on fur and angora and lists requirements for down, leather, wool, wood and cotton.
Attention to sustainability starts at the design stage and continues throughout the entire manufacturing process. This makes it important for us to work together with suppliers that share G-Star’s values, including transparency. G-Star’s suppliers must operate according to the requirements as listed in the Materials Policy. We work together with our suppliers and other stakeholders to trace back the origin of raw materials and identify solutions to ensure an ethical sourcing of raw materials such as certification on a seasonal basis or supplier nomination.
G-Star RAW Materials & Animal Welfare Policy(pdf - 116KB)
Even though our main raw material is cotton, we are aware of the growing use of forest-based fabrics in apparel supply chains. G‑Star joined the environmental organization Canopy in an initiative to encourage the fashion industry to avoid sourcing fabrics from ancient and endangered forests, together with a growing list of international clothing brands, retailers and designers and address the sustainable production of forest-based fabrics, including man-made cellulosic fabrics made from dissolving pulp (rayon, viscose, lyocell and modal). In our policy G‑Star gives preference to recycled and FSC certified wood products.