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Ally Bee completed a sustainability assessment as part of our partner application process. To promote transparency, their responses to our questions are below:
What is our mission?
Quality craftsmanship and a fair deal for makers. Sourcing materials with a far lower environmental impact than conventional mainstream materials. Minimising waste in production. Designing products with circularity in mind.
Our sustainability statement?
Principles of sustainability are embedded in Ally Bee Knitwear through use of low impact natural fibre materials, quality craftsmanship and a fair deal for makers. Materials are chosen for their lower environmental impact - whether through local sourcing or recognised environmental accreditation - and uses no acrylics or polyesters so as to ensure biodegradability at the end of a long life of wear. Ally Bee designs with circularity in mind, choosing styles with minimal wastage of materials in production.
What UN Sustainable Development Goals are we contributing to?
Sourcing of low impact & low waste materials and seeking out suppliers adhering to fair labour conditions reflects the goals of Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth; Goal 12: Responsible Consumption & Production; Goal 13: Climate Action; Goal 15: Life on Land
Do we have any certifications?
BuyMeOnce 2019 Excellence Award; Member of Make it British; Member of Common Objective. Certifications attached to certain yarns include Cradle-to-Cradle®, Responsible Wool Standard, Reverso ® recycled cashmere.
What internal measures do we take to reduce our company’s carbon footprint?
Ally Bee uses recycled cardboard boxes and double sided paper bags for postage. Tape is water soluble. Paper is recycled paper. Minimal sales material and no third party junk mail is included inside Ally Bee packaging.
How do we adhere to fair labor conditions?
Ally Bee is a small independent label lacking skills or knowledge to audit a factory in a comprehensive way, but has a long-standing working relationship with the knitwear factory and have visited on many occasions to see the the safe working conditions, and low staff turnover. UK factories follow UK labour and safety standards. A small selection of hand-knits have been made by a B-Corp registered studio with high standards exceeding prevailing local work regulations.