Black Friday has never been our thing, so this year we thought we’d try something a little bit different…
As part of Leina & Fleur’s commitment to sustainability, we applied to and qualified for the 2022's Green Friday initiative.
A 4-day event, Green Friday enabled Australian consumers to shop sustainable and ethical offers with consideration and mindfulness. The event featured Australian retailers and brands who had offers within the sustainable, re-commerce or the circular economy spaces. Green Friday provided a platform for L&F to showcase where we are at on our sustainable journey
It was an exciting step, a landmark on the map, and that’s not to say the journey is complete. For L&F the journey is still just beginning, and I say that even though it’s been several years since we put our first initiatives in place. But it’s a timely opportunity to share some of this journey and give you as consumers, a better understanding of some of the ways we are working to improve our sustainability and work towards a better future.
As the head of a small business, I’ve found that every road towards greater sustainability has resulted in wins and challenges yet to be conquered. Being able to sustain a business and building a more sustainable business is a balancing act and we’re weighing up positives and negatives on a daily basis.
Sustainable fashion is a challenge, thanks in part to the many layers of the industry - it’s not just about us. So we try to control what we can as much as possible and make informed decisions on our supply chains, and being Australian made is central to this.
Managing Our Circle of Influence
We keep manufacturing as local as possible to our base on the Gold Coast, with our producers being based in Brisbane, Melbourne and the Gold Coast itself. With our products created and made on our doorstep, we physically see the waste we create, which many brands don’t get to witness. It serves as a constant reminder of how much more can still be done!
That’s why I am often reluctant to showcase our sustainable profile, because while we are managing what we can and making inroads where possible, we get these regular reminders of areas that still need improving, and frustratingly, we’re repeatedly challenged by forces out of our scope of influence. Again, it comes back to taking action on what we can: we invested in automated cutting technology for example, which reduces fabric waste by 25%, we cap our product releases to sustainable targets and we don’t discard products to landfill.
That’s one thing we’re most proud of as a brand (and I’m more than comfortable to shout that from the rooftops!) - the longevity of our garments. 48% of L&F garments enter into a circular economy where they continue for two, three and even four life cycles through our resellers groups.
The inclusivity of our brand too, encourages a loyal customer following and this has shaped much of who we are not just as a brand but as a business as well. We want to stand for more than just selling clothes and we believe strongly in empowering women: our workforce is 97% female and we’re members of Femeconomy. We’re passionate too, in our support for local charities, causes such as Rize Up and The Sanctuary, which enable women to empower themselves and change their situations.
Sustainability for L&F is about ethics as well as the environment; it’s about contributing in a better way, to our world as whole. Sometimes it’s a daunting challenge! But that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
We are prompted on a daily basis to address different factors and are constantly shifting our mindsets and processes to operate ethically and sustainably within the current environmental parameters. And as research continues and innovations develop in this arena, new and better concepts are always presenting themselves, and we’re ready and willing to pivot for positive change.
We hope you’ll be part of the journey with us, and support us in our shifts towards shaping a better future.