Sustainability

Because there's always a better way


Deane Apparel isn't new to sustainability; our garments have always been designed and constructed to last, ensuring longevity and cutting waste. Nor are we alone on this journey. We work with our customers, suppliers and staff, for whom sustainability is increasingly a priority, to produce workwear solutions that are kinder to the planet.

Our Focus

Our corporate social responsibility strategy makes a difference in four areas:

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    Ethical Offshore Sourcing

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    Sustainable Practices

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    Product Sustainability

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    Our Communities

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Ethical Offshore Sourcing

Deane requires minimum workplace conditions, including the freedom to work, zero tolerance for modern slavery and child labour, fair wages and reasonable working conditions, from its offshore factory suppliers. These suppliers are independently audited for us by global Total Quality Assurance provider Intertek, using the international Workplace Conditions Assessment.

 
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Sustainable Practices

Ten years ago we started replacing individual garment bags with plastic box liners; now we’re on a mission to either eliminate plastic packaging altogether or replace it with recyclable and compostable materials.

We've removed 1,500,000 garment bags and pegs, collar stays, butterflies and other plastic components annually from our packaging. We've also found ways to give Deane clothes a second life, in part through our partnership with textile reuse company The Formary. We offer bespoke customers take-back options, including the re-export of non-branded clothing to developing nations, the recycling of other garments into yarn and the conversion of used clothing into interior components for automobiles.

We're going green in our work spaces, too. We've retrofitted our warehouse with high-transparency roofing materials to reduce the need for artificial lighting. Our offices all have recycling facilities and have moved to low-energy LED lighting.

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Product Sustainability

Our goal is "sensible sustainability"- affordable, high-performance fabrics that meet the growing interest in sustainable uniforms and workwear. Deane first offered customers a sustainable fabric in 2018. We've made ground since then; natural or recycled fibres make up 50% of our fabrics and we now offer 13 eco-fabrics for wear trials and volume production, plus a range of sustainable trims. Our sustainable fabrics include 100% organic cotton, and natural and recycled blends for shirting, local wool blended with recycled polyester for suiting, recycled content fabrics in different weave types for tops and knit fabric from coffee grounds for polos.

 
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Our Communities

For more than 30 years Deane has donated garments and fabrics to charities and schools. These days we donate to The Salvation ArmyDress For Success, and the Auckland City Mission. We provide design expertise and sourcing advice to sustainable menstrual products social enterprise Reemi for sustainable menstrual products and are financial backers of Ronald McDonald House Charities in Australia. In addition, our volunteer programme gives all Deane Apparel staff the opportunity to volunteer every year to a selected charity.

 

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