DIVERSITY, INCLUSION AND PROMOTING EQUAL PAY
SKIIM has corporate policies that promote social sustainability, focused on human rights, diversity, health and safety and equal pay. Their ethical audits help keep the company free from harassment, discrimination and abuse. SKIIM holds their suppliers and factories accountable for these actions, as well. They also have employment contracts help ensure that any issues team members are having are promptly dealt with. SKIIM has a well-being strategy that incorporates positive body image and mental health, and this extends to protect the models they work with, too.
COMPOSTABLE AND RECYCLABLE PACKAGING
SKIIM uses compostable packaging where possible, as well as reusable packaging materials, and they employ a sound shipping and distribution process. When the factories they work with use plastic sleeves to protect their leather, they reuse that plastic and then send it back to the factory. SKIIM is also looking into suppliers that use 100% compostable plastic packaging for garments while they are in transit.
The brand uses recycled paper products, boxes, fillers and tapes, and they reuse packaging to prolong its life. SKIIM also implemented a return policy that requests customers to return unwanted items in the same box they were sent in. All orders are consolidated and delivered in garment bags for customers in London to reduce excess packaging. All marketing materials are made of recycled, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certified materials. Yes 100%
ENERGY EFFICIENCY, REDUCING WATER USAGE AND PROMOTING FOREST CONSERVATION
SKIIM is working to reduce their carbon footprint where possible, consolidating deliveries, and trying to keep the sourcing of raw materials local based on the locations of their factories. They consolidated their warehouse and offices to be in one location rather than three this year, as well. They are also taking steps to reduce their energy use, including things like shutting electronics down at the end of the day, minimising printing, using non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning products, eliminating plastic bottles and providing safe and healthy working conditions.
SKIIM uses their own dead stock and intend on creating more products that will ensure that these materials don’t get wasted. They are looking for a company who can recycle their unusable scraps. SKIIM is in a position to create a made-to-order service to produce smaller production lines which will help prevent wasteful over-production. In addition to local council mix recycling, they currently collect fabric scraps for recycling and reuse all packaging as long as it is possible.