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Sustainability Policy

SUSTAINABILITY POLICY

WHO WE ARE

Passenger are the travel & outdoor people based on the south coast of the UK. We provide people with products that are made to last the journey, companions for travel.

Inspiring others to find their escapism and live a life of meaningful adventure. We live to travel and at are most at home amongst the waves & trees. We believe in protecting our playgrounds, the great outdoors.

This ethos is embroidered into our products and at the heart of the Passenger Clothing story.

WHERE WE ARE

Thoughtful supply chain

THOUGHTFUL SUPPLY CHAIN

Our manufacturers are based in the UK, Europe and Asia. They operate under the fair trade regulations, which goes without saying. To keep our footprint as small as possible, we opt to manufacture our products as close to the fabric source as we can. It doesn’t make environmental sense to haul fabrics and materials around the globe to be constructed elsewhere.

WAVES & TREES

True to our roots, for every Passenger product sold we plant a tree, now and always. To date we’ve put over 45,135 varied native species in the ground all over the globe. It’s a direct and simple way for us to give back in a way that resonates with us at our core. We’re partnered with The Plastic Project, Surfers Against Sewage and #2minutebeachclean. We also host beach cleans in our local community on the south coast. Read more about Waves & Trees

RE-ROAM PROJECT

The goal of the Passenger RE-ROAM project is to explore, develop and introduce alternative fabrics and materials that are more sustainable, and have less of an environmental impact. In 2018, after much tweaking and testing we launched our boardshorts lineup made entirely from recycled single-use plastic bottles, the kind that end up littering our oceans, beaches and forests. In 2019 we will launch jackets, knitwear and caps as part of the RE-ROAM collection.

Re-roam project
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CHEMICAL FREE PRINTING

All our graphics and patterns are printed using chemical free water based techniques. This means that we don’t sack the ecosystem with all kinds of ink-based harmfuls when applying our in-house graphics. Plus, we much prefer the softer, slightly vintage look and feel.

REPURPOSING WASTE FABRICS

We’re invested in reusing waste fabrics left over during our production process. These materials are the leftovers and off-cuts that large scale manufacturers might typically send to landfill. Products such as tote-bags, wallets and travel cases are made in this way. This method repurposes perfectly sound materials, reducing waste.

PLASTIC-FREE OUTBOUND PACKAGING

Our outbound packaging contains only recycled or recyclable materials. Products arrive with our customers in an untreated, chemical free recycled paper bag which is sealed with recycled paper tape.

SUPPLY CHAIN PACKAGING

We reached our target of reducing plastic packaging from our inbound shipping by 25%. This leaves only the recycled and recyclable plastic bags used to protect larger products in transit. Some smaller items (beanies, accessories etc) are now bundled at source into one single, large recyclable multi-use bag. Although there’s currently no simple way around this, we are working with leading industry experts to find a sustainable solution.

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RENEWABLE ENERGY

The Passenger HQ on the south coast is 100% powered by UK generated renewable electricity. The energy we use is harvested from the sun, wind and rain.

LAUNCHING IN 2019

PFC FREE

PFC is commonly used in waterproof coatings and is a chemical nasty that doesn’t break down. We’ve sourced a sustainable alternative to PFC. This year, all the Passenger jackets, coats and outerwear will be 100% PFC-Free.

RE-ROAM PROJECT IN 2019

As part of the RE-ROAM journey, we are introducing knitwear crafted from Yak hair, recycled pre and post consumer organic cottons and linen. As well as this, 75% of our outerwear range will be made with a 100% recycled polyester from plastic bottles.

ORGANIC COTTON

This year we are adding our first range of caps, tees, sweats and hoodies made with sustainable organic cotton. We continue to use only water-based printing methods.

INBOUND SHIPPING PLASTICS REDUCED BY 25%

We’re working closely with our supply chain as well as leading industry experts to reduce our inbound shipping plastics by a further 25%. This includes removing the plastic packaging from any of our backpacks, bags and travel accessories range.

THE ROAD TO ZERO WASTE

Our goal is to be zero waste and 2019 will be a big stride towards this. Our design team is working closely with our manufacturers to explore ways we can repurpose waste materials. Right now, we’re developing our largest scale waste fabric use-up product to date.

REPURPOSING

We’re working with our community to upcycle old samples, print tests and fabrics that are created as part of the design and development process. This includes one-of-a-kind pillow cases, curtains, blankets and van life storage solutions.

DONATIONS

We’re donating unsold products and production samples to local YMCA homeless shelters along the south coast and beyond.

THE ROAD AHEAD

ORGANIC TAKEOVER

100% of our T-Shirt range will be made using organic cotton, still printed with natural water-based dyes.

100,000 TREES

We will plant over 100,000 varied and native tree species in soil all over the globe.

RE-ROAM PROJECT

Our RE-ROAM project will continue to source and develop sustainable alternative materials. 75% of all fabrics and materials used in our jackets & outerwear range will be recycled.

INBOUND WASTE REDUCED BY 75%

The next milestone in reducing inbound shipping waste is to reach a total reduction of 75% after 2019. We will explore sustainable alternatives to protective packaging, such as tape, glues and boxes.

Reducing our impact as a company and as individuals is close to our hearts. It's a topic that drives the decisions we make on a daily basis. We’re not there yet, the road is long and we’re always looking for creative new ways improve what we do. Protecting the places that mean the most while leaving the lightest of footprints. We’re on a journey to be the best we can be.

We’re proud of where we’ve been, what we’ve given back and what we’ve achieved. The Passenger team shares a passion for fostering real change and being on the right side of history. As a community, business and individuals we face the road ahead together.

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