Sustainability

Disrupting fashion: one of the most sustainable clothing brands on this planet

As a responsible and sustainable clothing brand, we ensure all of our manufacturing methods go above and beyond the ideals of our growing customer base, working hard towards our vision to build a better future for our planet.

We believe that sustainable, ethical and environmentally conscious fashion is the future! Jolly Elephant is taking steps to ensure we’re part of the movement of the green, growth mindset.

Sustainability
Sustainability

Overview – sustainable clothing

  • 10% of net profit goes to the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation
  • Clothes are designed and printed in-house to reduce “product miles” from cotton farm to doorstep
  • We reduce textile waste by only purchasing small quantities of stock and printing most clothes to order
  • Misprinted and returned products are donated to charity shops and homeless shelters
  • 100% of the electricity used at our print facility and warehouse comes from on-site solar panels
  • Zero plastic packaging in our entire clothing supply chain – from the factory to doorstep!
  • Our packaging is recycled and recyclable (including the packing tape!)
  • All paper (including pack-ins) is chlorine-free, FSC certified and awarded with EU Ecolabel
  • Carbon-negative delivery – use eco-focused providers and offset the carbon footprint of our deliveries
  • Jolly Elephant offsets the company’s and employees’ carbon footprint
  • Our clothes are made from 100% organic cotton (PETA – Approved Vegan) and recycled polyester
  • Our factory is a Fair Wear Foundation member – providing safe working conditions, no child exploitation, unreasonable work hours and more!
  • Factories are inspected daily, offer free childcare and pay at least the living wage
  • Clothing is GOTS, GRS, PETA, OEKO TEX, OCS certified from farm to factory
  • Excess fabric is used for children’s bibs and stuffing for upholstery
  • European garment production and print standards
  • We only use environmentally-friendly water-based inks (non-toxic, no plastic or other nasty chemicals)
  • Unlike others, we don’t use aerosol sprays in our print process

Farming and manufacturing

Organic cotton fields
Garment factory

Products in traditional retail stores are often overproduced and more than 85% of all textiles end up in landfills. At Jolly Elephant, we avoid textile waste from overproduction by only producing or purchasing small and limited edition batches of our products.

Although we design and print our clothes at our production and warehouse facility in the Dorset countryside, all of the garments are made by carefully selected manufacturers that adhere to the strictest ethical and social responsibility standards.

Our clothing manufacturer only uses 100% organic certified cotton and recycled polyester to produce our garments. Organic cotton represents only 0.7% of the 25 million tonnes of cotton produced naturally but represents 2.4% of the world’s cultivated land and a massive 16% of the world’s insecticides.

Non-organic cotton contributes to 200,000 deaths per year from exposure to toxic pesticides, and more than 300,000 farmers have committed suicides since 1995 due to the insanely high cost of GMO seeds, pesticides and fertilisers.

Organic cotton has a soft feel, minimal impact on the environment (PETA vegan approved, non-GMO, no pesticides and no fertilisers) and results in high-quality clothes that stay vibrant and retain elasticity for longer – significantly increasing the lifetime of your clothes.

Our supplier takes corporate social responsibility very seriously. They are a Fair Wear Foundation member, are regularly inspected and operate the best factories in Bangladesh, while adhering to the following rules:

  • employment is freely chosen
  • no exploitation of child labour
  • no discrimination in employment
  • a legally binding employment relationship
  • payment of a living wage or higher
  • reasonable hours of work
  • safe and healthy working conditions
  • freedom of association

Our manufacturer goes above and beyond by offering:

  • women empowerment programs
  • free training programs
  • on-site childcare
  • scholarships for workers’ children
  • extended maternity leave
  • medical cover
  • free transportation
  • bonuses
  • fair-priced grocery shops
  • all employees know the Wear Fair Foundation complaints procedure

Moreover, our factories have daily visits from an independent organisation, monthly corporate social responsibility reports and regular audits for all of the certifications held by the factories.

The dying machines used to colour our products are state of the art and use seven times less water than other fast-fashion manufacturers. Moreover, the wastewater goes through a filtration system that allows us to recycle it and use it again.

Our cutting and sowing facilities are fully powered by solar energy, with efficient motion-sensor LED lighting and sky-lights to reduce the impact on the climate. These facilities also have free-to-use electric car charging stations to encourage employees to go green!

Lastly, our manufacturer produces barely any landfill waste. The cutting is optimised to use as much material as possible, with any excess fabrics turned for baby bibs or stuffing for upholstery, while all stock is delivered free of plastic packaging.

Conscious production

Solar panels in a field
Climate positive workforce

Jolly Elephant designs, hand-prints and finishes the details on all of our clothing. We’re being as environmentally friendly as possible – from having LED lighting and being mindful of printing paper, to not using aerosol sprays and correctly disposing of any inks used to print our designs.

Contrary to many other clothing companies, all of our inks are water-based and don’t contain any heavy metals like lead or other nasty chemicals. We have also been able to eliminate aerosols from our production process, which are heavily relied upon by other print facilities.

By designing and printing our clothes in-house, we can control our production but also reduce the “milage” of our products from cotton farm to your doorstep. Moreover, we favour a make-to-order approach and vary production to avoid purchasing and producing unnecessary stock.

Misprinted and returned products are donated to charity shops and homeless shelters to ensure that our clothing is given another chance.

Our printing and workshop facility is powered by solar power, and we offset our and our employees’ personal carbon footprints with Ecologi:

Eco-friendly packaging

Pink folded clothes
Woman opening boxes

Any paper pack-ins/packing slips are chlorine-free, FSC certified and awarded with EU Ecolabel. They can also be recycled, alongside all other packaging.

Cardboard boxes and tape

Orders containing several items are sent in lightweight vegan-friendly cardboard boxes. These boxes contain 60% – 90% recycled content and are recyclable.

Items are wrapped in acid-free eco-friendly tissue paper before the box is sealed with recyclable and eco-friendy packing tape that’s biodegradable and repulpable.

Sugar cane and paper mailing bags

Smaller orders will be sent in sugar cane mailing bags or recycled (and recyclable) paper bags.

The eco mailing bags are made from a renewable source that’s a by-product from sugar cane, the greenest material on the market. They are 100% recyclable and carbon neutral, as the growth of the sugar cane takes enough carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere to offset the transport and entire production process.

Moreover, our sugar cane is grown on reclaimed wasteland and therefore doesn’t impact rainforests. No fossil fuels are used in the production of these bags.

The reason why we use sugar cane mailers is that alternatives such as OXY and biodegradable bags cannot be recycled and simply break down plastic into smaller pieces which could eventually lead to them being banned in Europe.

Recycle our sugar cane and paper mailers using your usual recycling bins at home.

Sustainable clothes tags

Our swing tags are made from the same recyclable, chlorine-free, FSC certified and EU Ecolabel paper as our pack-ins, and are attached to your clothes using organic cotton twine, which is plant-based, recyclable and biodegradable.

Sustainable delivery

DPD electric van
Royal Mail electric van

Jolly Elephant works with a selection of companies to deliver your orders on time. Here are links to some of our partners’ environmental policies and what they’re doing to be more sustainable:

  • DPD – UK’s most sustainable delivery company – aims to be the greenest delivery company on this planet
  • Royal Mail – committed to being a net-zero carbon emission business

To ensure that all deliveries are carbon negative, we are mitigating more carbon dioxide than produced by our shipments. We do this by:

  • Estimating the average weight of our deliveries
  • Calculate the delivery distance for each order between our warehouse and customer
  • Calculate the average CO2 emissions, taking into account the distance and weight and also add a 10% safety margin
  • Plant trees to offset the CO2 emissions and make the world greener place!

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