AllSaints’ Commitment to Protect Forests Through Our Paper, Packaging and Fabrics Choices
At AllSaints, we believe that raw material traceability is critical to reducing our impact. We are committed to protecting the world’s forests through our approach to procurement of pulp, paper, packaging and fabrics where possible. This policy looks to support the necessary shift towards conserving Ancient and Endangered Forests.1
Conservation of Ancient and Endangered Forests and Ecosystems
In line with our MMCF Policy, AllSaints will support approaches and systems to build a future that does not use Ancient and Endangered Forests in the packaging, paper or in man-made cellulosic fabrics, including rayon, viscose, lyocell, modal and other trademarked brands. We will seek to influence our supply chains in order to protect the world’s remaining Ancient and Endangered Forests and endangered species habitat.
To do this, we will:
- Work with Canopy and our suppliers to support collaborative solutions that protect remaining Ancient and Endangered Forests.
- Assess our existing use of man-made cellulosics, packaging and paper and eliminate sourcing from endangered species habitats and Ancient and Endangered Forests by 2025.
- Work to eliminate sourcing from: companies that are logging forests illegally; tree plantations established after 1994 through the conversion or simplification of natural forests; or areas being logged in contravention of First Nations/tribal/indigenous peoples’ and community rights or from other controversial suppliers.
- At any time prior to 2025, if we find that any of our products are sourced from Ancient and Endangered Forests, endangered species habitat or illegal logging, we will act immediately and engage our suppliers to change practices, eliminate these sources and/or re-evaluate our relationship with them.
Design and Prioritisation of Reduction and Reuse
The reduction and reuse of paper and packaging is of paramount priority for the protection of the world’s limited forest resources and has a clear and beneficial impact on reduced costs.
Therefore, over the next year, AllSaints will prioritise the development of a reduction and reuse strategy with targets and timelines. Beyond this, over the next 3 years AllSaints will:
- Source or design reusable/refillable shipping boxes to reduce corrugated paper and paperboard.
- Design and implement e-commerce, shipping, display and wrapping systems that minimise the use of paper.
- Utilise reuseable packaging systems for intra business applications.
- Increase the use of digital communication, marketing and accounting systems.
Shift to More Environmentally and Socially Beneficial Fabrics
AllSaints will collaborate with Canopy, innovative companies and suppliers to encourage the development of fibre sources that reduce environmental and social impacts, with a focus on agricultural residues and recycled fabrics. We will participate in trials where appropriate.
In 2022, AllSaints will put in place a preference for purchasing man-made cellulosic products that include minimum of 50% of these innovative fibre sources and develop a 2025 procurement target for these closed-loop solutions based on viscose fibre producer innovation.
Improve Environmental Quality of Packaging and Paper
AllSaints will collaborate with Canopy, innovative companies and suppliers to encourage the development of Next Generation Solutions and packaging and paper that reduce environmental and social impacts, with a focus on agricultural fibres (particularly residues) and recycled content. We will use Canopy’s Ecopaper database and The Paper Steps as a guide for paper and packaging sourcing.
To help reduce the footprint of the paper and packaging we use, AllSaints will:
- Do an annual review of all of our paper and packaging use in order to identify areas where we can increase paper use efficiencies, reduce paper and packaging basis weights, and save money and resources.
- Give preference to paper/packaging with high-recycled content, specifically post-consumer waste content reaching an overall recycled fibre content in our papers and packaging of at least 50% average within 3 years.
- Encourage our suppliers to improve and expand the availability of recycled content in papers/packaging.
- Source packaging and paper from alternative fibres such as wheat straw or other agricultural residues, when possible.
AllSaints will request that all fabric, packaging and paper sourced from forests are from responsibly managed forests, certified to the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification system, and where FSC certified plantations are part of the solution.
Recognising, Respecting and Upholding Human Rights and the Rights of Communities
In accordance with our MMCF and paper packaging policy, AllSaints will request that our suppliers respect the Universal Declaration of Human Rights2 and acknowledge the rights of Indigenous People and rural communities to give or withhold their Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) before new logging rights are allocated or plantations are developed.
Reduce Greenhouse Gas Footprint
AllSaints recognises the importance of forests as carbon storehouses and their role in maintaining climate stability. As part of our ongoing approach to climate we will support initiatives that advance forest conservation to reduce the loss of high carbon stock forests, by encouraging suppliers to avoid harvest in these areas, and by giving preference to those that use effective strategies to actively reduce their greenhouse gas footprint.
Support Best Processing Practices and Procurement
AllSaints requires that our man-made cellulosic suppliers use best available environmental practices for processing, such as the ‘closed-loop’ lyocell processing.
We will give purchasing preference to paper and packaging that has been processed utilising technologies such as chlorine-free bleaching. We will switch to receipts for in-store use that are non-phenol and BPA/BPS free in recognition of the health benefits this will have for our employees and customers.
Promote Industry Leadership
AllSaints looks to create a positive impact together with our suppliers, partners and customers. As implementation progresses, AllSaints will work with suppliers, non-governmental organisations, other stakeholders and brands that work with Canopy to support the protection of Ancient and Endangered Forests and forward solutions to reduce the demands upon forests.
1 Ancient and Endangered Forests are defined as intact forest landscape mosaics, naturally rare forest types, forest types that have been made rare due to human activity, and/or other forests that are ecologically critical for the protection of biological diversity. Ecological components of endangered forests are: Intact forest landscapes; Remnant forests and restoration cores; Landscape connectivity; Rare forest types; Forests of high species richness; Forests containing high concentrations of rare and endangered species; Forests of high endemism; Core habitat for focal species; Forests exhibiting rare ecological and evolutionary phenomena. Key endangered forests globally are the Canadian and Russian Boreal Forests; Coastal Temperate Rainforests of British Columbia, Alaska and Chile; Tropical forests and peat lands of Indonesia, the Amazon and West Africa. For more information on the location and definitions of Ancient and Endangered Forests, please go to: https://canopyplanet.org/tools/forestmapper/