Economic growth and sustainable development require that we show due care and diligence when using our products and resources. We must ensure that our consumption and the way we produce our clothes around the world are done responsibly and with respect for current and future people and the environment.
Responsible consumption is, for example, buying products that last a long time, to avoid frequently buying new products and using new resources. This also applies to workwear.
MASCOT only offers products that have been tested for long-term use. This applies to everything from fabric and reinforced seams to extra reinforcement in areas that are particularly subjected to wear and tear. We produce clothes in our own factories and can therefore guarantee 100% quality control. All this means that MASCOT's products last a long time. And this has a major impact on the sustainable balance sheet.
Many resources are used in the world's industries, but there will not always be an endless supply of new resources. That is why we need to focus on using recycled materials - waste and used materials - that can be recycled. That's what we do at MASCOT.
All of MASCOT's padded lining is made using a large amount of recycled polyester. MASCOT also has a large range of T-shirts, polo shirts and sweatshirts made from recycled plastic, which has been transformed into new polyester yarns. Other products are made from organic cotton, which means that the cotton is grown without the use of pesticides or sprayed chemicals.
Not all products are made from recycled materials, as in some areas this can affect, for example, wear resistance, quality or colour. However, a large part of the packaging comes from recycled materials. At MASCOT, cardboard boxes, paper and a new generation of plastic product bags are either wholly or partly made from recycled materials.
Sustainable production also includes limiting waste, rubbish and emissions. Producing clothing is a comprehensive and global process. There are many stages involved.
We work with all suppliers towards a general reduction in the use of chemicals and water. We also choose suppliers based on their environment profile. Most of our piece goods come from suppliers that have both Bluesign® and are ISO 14001 certified. We are also striving to convert part of the dyeing process to dyeing without or with only minimal use of water.
MASCOT has a great advantage in that we produce the majority of our products ourselves. 75% of all products are made in our own factories, where we control the processes. MASCOT's factories are located in official, established industrial zones that have been approved by the state ministries in Vietnam and in Laos. All have a comprehensive environment policy and ongoing control of waste management. Wastewater treatment is undertaken by the industrial zones and monitored by environmental agencies. Inspections are made quarterly. MASCOT sorts and registers all waste and as much as possible is collected with recycling in mind. Fabric off-cuts from production are heavily minimised and are also sorted and recycled. MASCOT also has a policy around sustainable climate impact that applies to its own factories, and initiatives are regularly being launched to reduce the production's impact on the environment.