All information regarding Palmer//Harding’s current environmental sustainability efforts and social responsibility initiatives is readily available on the brand’s website and social media channels.
Palmer//Harding’s approach to managing its carbon emissions is focused on reducing emissions from packaging – it uses 100% compostable, FSC certified cardboard, as well and recycled wrapping tissue and swing labels – and from transportation at the manufacturing stage, with 95% of its garments produced in Europe from locally sourced fabrics. The brand has made environmental efficiencies at its London office, such as using green energy, and off-sets emissions for all its direct-to-consumer deliveries and returns through Pachama, via whom Palmer//Harding is helping to fund The Jari Pará Forest Conservation Project, which aims to prevent over 15M tons of CO2 emissions.
The label is currently taking initiatives to measure and reduce water use and waste. All its products are made in a facility that is actively reducing its water footprint by using manufacturing processes that significantly reduce water consumption and it promotes responsible product water use via care-for-your-garments initiatives.
Palmer//Harding works primarily with linen and cotton, and since its launch has almost exclusively used Better Cotton Industry (BCI) certified cotton, Oeko-Tex and REACH certified cotton. The brand prioritises sustainable fabrics (including Global Recycled Standard for polyester and EcoVero Forest Stewardship Council approved sustainable Viscose and Mulesing free wools), asks its mills to replace the highest amount of sustainable fiber possible when fully sustainable fabrics appropriate for its designs are unavailable, and when neither option is possible, uses only fabrics that are OekoTex and Sustainable textile Production (STeP) approved. The brand also refuses to use fur, leather or feathers.
A supplier guidance manual, aligned with EU labour rights legislation, is in place, ensuring that the rights of workers are protected and any issues related to subcontracting are addressed in a timely manner. The brand has 90% traceability of Tier 1 suppliers and visits factories during every production cycle to monitor compliance with both labour legislation, appropriate working conditions and fair pay. Working long hours and weekends is discouraged.
Waste and Chemicals
Palmer//Harding only uses fabrics that are Oekotex and Sustainable textile Production (STeP) approved, which ensures all weaving, dyeing and finishing treatments are free from environmentally harmful chemicals. The label has optimized its manufacturing and shipping processes to keep waste to a minimum.
The brand’s commitment to responsible sourcing of materials extends to the protection of animal rights. Palmer//Harding only sources its animal-derived materials from responsibly run farms.
Biodiversity and Forestry
Palmer//Harding is currently involved in the The Jari Pará Forest Conservation Project, which provides habitat protection for over 2,070 animal species and 54 endangered forest formations.
Palmer//Harding promotes responsible consumption amongst shoppers by methods such as its care-for-your-garments initiatives. These include extended customer support on how to wash, dry and repair garments more responsibly.