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Billi London's sustainable tights production

How are you eco-friendly?

Eco-friendly practices are at the core of the Billi London brand. This means that we carefully consider the impact that our decisions have on our workers, customers, suppliers, communities, and the environment. 

It has always been a non-negotiable for us to find manufacturers that share our brand's aim of leaving a beneficial footprint on human society and the planet. We are proud to call our suppliers and manufacturer partners and we work hand in hand with them to create better pantyhose for you, and the planet. 

We are working towards eliminating the concept of waste by implementing waste management solutions, minimising or avoiding the use of chemical products and focusing on low energy and water consumption practices. 

You can learn more about our brand's approach to biodegradability here and waste management in the sustainable hosiery sector here.

Find out more about Billi London's partenrs' commitments

 

Our partners' commitments

To produce Billi London's sustainable tights we work with an elastane yarn supplier, a nylon yarn supplier, a manufacturer and a dyeing facility. You can find out more about the environmental credentials of each below.

Elastane yarn supplier

Cradle-to-Cradle (Gold) - a certification ensuring a global standard for products that are safe, circular and responsibly made. Because circular is always better.

ISO 14001 - An environmental management certification ensuring that businesses of all sizes across all sectors make their day to day operations more eco-friendly.

OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 - a certification ensuring that materials meet the strict limit values for harmful substances and are non-toxic for our health. Let's detox.

Global Recycling Standard - an international, voluntary standard that sets requirements for third-party certification of recycled input.

Nylon yarn supplier

OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 - a certification ensuring that materials meet the strict limit values for harmful substances and are non-toxic for our health.

ASTM D5511 - 18 Standard - a test method for analysing the biodegradation time of plastics under High-solids Anaerobic Digestion conditions (equivalent to ISO 15985). Some say it's too technical, we say you can never be too intellectual.

Manufacturer

Global Recycling Standard - an international, voluntary standard that sets requirements for third-party certification of recycled input.

Higg Index member - a suite of tools to accurately measure and score their company and product environmental performance.

OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 - a certification ensuring that materials meet the strict limit values for harmful substances and are non-toxic for our health.

Our factory is also equipped with solar panels for energy production. Because catching rays is good for more than our wellbeing.

Dyeing facility

OEKO-TEX® Detox to Zero - a tool monitoring chemical management and wastewater quality. The cleaner the better.

OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 - a certification ensuring that materials meet the strict limit values for harmful substances and are non-toxic for our health.

ZDHC Contributor - a testing program to measure hazardous products. Let's cut that sh*t out.

 

Green goals

Our current aim is to become B Corp certified, which will ensure that Billi London meets the highest standard of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. This will validate that we are truly committed to being a sustainable brand.

Find out more about Billi London's green goals

 

What do we hope to change in the pantyhose industry?

While tights might not be an obvious force for social change, Billi London’s innovative product will offer a real opportunity to move the needle on problems that transcend its little category. 

We think that using recycled yarns is not a satisfactory and long-term solution to fix pantyhoses' adverse impact on the environment. Our ambition is to create a movement and new solutions for the sustainable tights sector going far beyond the recycling approach which we think is only a sticking plaster for social and environmental sustainability.

 

Our battle is centred around three principles

Billi London's green goals

- Reduce the impact of waste when old tights reach the end of their life cycle.

- Eliminate the concept of waste across the production line by harnessing environmentally friendly production.

- Participate in the world's transition to a circular economy.

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