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How are we 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.

  

Ethics is another fundamental aspect of our approach. We believe that to be sustainable is also to really care about social impact, and about working conditions for all.

 

All of our partners in Italy (manufacturer as well as yarn suppliers) meet ethical and environmental requirements. Our manufacturer’s SMETA audit, as well as regular visits, help us to ensure good working conditions for everyone. 

 

SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) is the most widely used social audit in the world. This process compiles ethical auditing techniques’ best practices. SMETA’s assessing criteria are based on the ETI (Ethical Trading Initiative) code and local legislation.

 

In order to encompass all aspects of responsible business practice, SMETA is a 4-pillar audit:  

 

1. Health and safety

2. Labour standards

3. Environment (optional)

4. Business ethics (optional)

Ecofriendly practices are at the core of Billi London brand

Billi London is on top

 

Billi London is the top-rated brand on the sustainable brand rating platform -Zei for the category ‘Ready-to-wear & textiles’ having obtained a score of 88% for environmental performance.

Zei considers a wide range of indicators from the use of sustainable textiles to durable packaging; responsible dyeing to regional manufacturing. In the age of greenwashing, independent verification has never been more important.

 

You can learn more about how we obtained this score here.

 

Responsibility shouldn’t be restricted to the manufacturing phase, it should also extend to the products’ end-of-life.

 

Since Billi London was created in 2020, for each of our pieces, we have been paying an eco-contribution to Refashion, the French eco-organisation for the textile industry.

The money raised is then reinvested in areas such as textile recycling infrastructures. This means that we financially contribute to the management of the textile industry’s waste, support the shift towards a circular economy, and encourage waste reduction at the source.

 

FR261123_11EUAR is our unique identifier, acting as a proof of payment and compliance with the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) law.

Billi London has a score of 88% on Zei, the sustainable platform rating brands

Our partner's 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.

 

SMETA Audited (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit) – one of the most widely used ethical audit formats in the world, is made by a third part auditing body to verify all Ethical and Social Standard requirements are respected.

 

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.

 

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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.

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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