Our Sustainability Practices
Every day approximately 8 million pieces of plastic pollution find their way into our oceans. A total of 12 million tonnes a year, equivalent to a truck load a minute. In addition, 350,000 tonnes, (around £140 million worth of used but still wearable clothing) goes to landfill in the UK every year. We know we need to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.
At Light LDN, sustainability and looking after the communities who make our clothes are at the core of everything we do and every decision we make. We’re focussed on sustainability in every part of our process from choosing recycled or organic fabrics where possible all the way through to our packaging and ultimately what we do with leftover stock.
There is always more that we can do and more we have to learn when it comes to minimising our impact on the environment and our aim is to always be as open and transparent as possible with you when it comes to ways we are continuing to improve our processes and supply chain.
We only work with factories we know and trust who ensure a good and safe working environment for their employees and that pay a living wage. Many of our factories are female run, family-owned businesses who we have worked and grown with since the very beginning. As Light LDN has grown, so have their businesses and the number of people they are able to employ and therefore support within the community. We endeavour to visit our factories as often as possible to check that these standards are being upheld.
Spotlight on our Brazil Swimwear Factory:
Any leftover fabric and cut offs from this factory are reused to make dog beds for the local shelter.
Spotlight on our factory team in Bali:
Much of our swimwear is made using luxurious Italian fabric made with 78% ECONYL®, a 100% regenerated nylon fibre made from nylon waste otherwise polluting the earth like fishing nets, fabric scraps, carpet flooring and industrial plastic rescued from all over the world. The ECONYL® yarn is then woven with LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ which proved to be 5 times more durable when exposed to chlorine and UV than comparable swimwear fabrics.
The remainder is made from AMNI Soul Eco®, a biodegradable nylon which is the very first of its kind. This yarn is exclusively made in Brazil, allowing our factories there to source locally and reduce their carbon footprint.
Our loungewear pieces are made from high quality, sustainably sourced fabrics that are made to last. To limit our environmental impact as much as possible, all of our cotton pieces are made using 100% organic cotton.
We're working on making all our collections using materials from recycled sources.
Commitment to slow fashion
Our collections are small which means they ship once which not only allows us to reduce the impact of shipping our items but also ensures we do not have large quantities of surplus stock. The stock we do have left over is either donated to charity, where appropriate, or sent to a local recycling centre.
Eliminating excess plastic from our supply chain is an important part of reducing our impact on the environment. All of our packaging is either recyclable or biodegradable and our hang tags are made using recycled paper and sourced locally to reduce our carbon footprint.