Very drives sustainable denim progress with Jeanologia partnership
October 29, 2021
- New partnership will improve the sustainability of Very's own brand denim production
- Suppliers will commit to reducing water and energy consumption
- Supports Very's wider plans to improve sustainability of V by Very collection
Under the partnership, all V by Very denim suppliers have signed up to Jeanologia’s environmental impact measuring (EIM) platform, which assesses water and energy consumption, and chemical impact to score garments as low, medium or high impact. The retailer will use Jeanologia’s platform to ensure that 100% of its own brand denim production is low impact by 2025, up from 60% currently.
Very and Jeanologia will now work collaboratively with suppliers to provide eduction, support and advice on improving scores by implementing more sustainable denim washing, ageing and finising processes in factories.
The partnership supports the retailer’s wider plans to improve the sustainability of its V by Very collection, with 90% of the cotton used now coming through the Better Cotton Initiative and the recent introduction of recycled polyester into core lines of its school uniform range.
Emma Alexander, fashion director at The Very Group, said: “As a retailer with a global footprint, we realise how important it is to reduce our environmental impact, and increasingly our customers want to know they’re buying sustainable, responsible products.
“By 2025, we want at least three quarters of the raw materials used in our own brand ranges to be sustainable and working with Jeanologia is an important step towards that goal. We still have a long way to go, but we’re proud of the progress we’ve made so far.”
Very is also a member of the Circular Fashion Partnership, which supports textile recycling in Bangladesh. Meanwhile, the company is also helping to reduce clothes waste through its partnership with Re-Fashion and recently signed up to WRAP’s Textile 2030 initiative, which supports progress towards a more circular textiles economy.
Notes to editors
The Very Group is a unique digital business that combines retail and flexible payments to bring 2,000 desirable brands within easy reach of more customers. Our family of digital retail brands, led by Very.co.uk and supported by Littlewoods.com and LittlewoodsIreland.ie, has combined annual revenue of £2.3bn.
Our team of passionate people has a shared purpose: making good things easily accessible to more people. We’re here for the millions of online shoppers across the UK and Ireland – and especially for families on a budget. Across electrical, home, fashion and more, we sell everything our 4.8 million customers could need, except food. And our flexible payment options, which are provided responsibly via our Very Pay platform and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, help our customers manage their household budgets.
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