Recycling is our DNA

Turning waste into new products allows a reduction of primary resources’ use by at least 50%; a decrease, during the transformation process, of chemicals consumption by 98,5%, water by 85% and energy by 83%; as well as a cutback in the total amount of textile material discarded in landfills.

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Sustainability goals applied

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) are an urgent and important call for action, set by the United Nations in 2015 and adopted by all Member States. They function as a compass for our approach to impact. We feel like it's our responsibility to help achieve these goals and to become climate positive as a company. All our actions and all business processes have a particular focus on the following SDG’s.

1) No poverty

A lot of supply chains show a direct link between fast fashion and poverty. That’s why we make sure that across our whole supply chains living wages are provided and not just minimal wages.

2) Zero hunger

Textile materials such as cotton take up land that could be used for producing food. Cotton is also a very thirsty plant. It needs lots of water that could be used for both drinking and farming. Reusing and recycling material that is already made into new products, allows a reduction of primary resources, meaning more land can be used for food. 

3) Good health and well-being

Transparency is very important to us. We choose our partners based on, among other things, the healthy working conditions they offer employees.

5) Gender equality

Clothes are fun and sexy. They are our initial and most basic tool for communication. They represent who we want to be, help us cope with social situations, show our self-worth and empower us, no matter your sex. Gender equality is an important value for us. Our clothes are unisex. 

6) Clean water and sanitation

By converting waste into new products, the use of water during the transformation process can be reduced by 85%. The production of, for example a t-shirt, containing 50% tencel and 50% recycled organic cotton, saves between 722 and 1400 liters of water when compared to a t-shirt made with conventional cotton. Regarding water, our main production partner's goal is to reduce its consumption to zero, eliminating it from the manufacturing process.

7) Affordable and clean energy

We are taking measures to ensure as much clean energy as possible is used across our supply chains. Our main production partner generates more than 70% of the electricity they consume from renewable energy sources. They take measurements to make this a 100%.

9) Industry, innovation, and infrastructure

We believe that a fair, safe and clean fashion industry is possible if everyone in the chain would be transparent about well-being, fair trade, living wages, empowerment, gender equality, business accountability, sustainable livelihoods, good working conditions and environmental sustainability. We work closely with our stakeholders to co-create a better fashion industry. 

12) Responsible consumption and production

Reusing and recycling is one of the most effective ways to increase sustainability in fashion. We strive for a closed loop system resulting in an environmentally friendly product. Some of the benefits are reduction of resource consumption, less excessive consumption of water and energy, less stock from overproduction, less use of chemicals in textile processes and less greenhouse gas emissions. 

13) Climate action

The fashion industry’s imprint on the climate equals that of the UK, France and Germany combined: 4% of the world’s CO2 emissions. Achilles and the Tortoise works hard to build regenerative systems with the idea to help our resources flourish again. We strive to be carbon negative by the end of 2025, meaning the amount of CO₂ emissions we remove from the atmosphere is bigger than the amount of CO₂ emissions we put into the atmosphere. 

14) Life below water

Fashion‘s speed and greed has eviscerated the environment in all ways. The World Bank estimates that the fashion industry is responsible for nearly 20 percent of all industrial water pollution annually. Fabric dyes and treatments play a big part, but clothes also release half a million tonnes of microfibres into the ocean every year, equivalent to more than 50 billion plastic bottles. During the transformation process of Achilles and the Tortoise goods we are able to reduce the chemical consumption by at least 98,5%.

15) Life on land

We invest a significant percentage of our profits in partners such as WWF, Life Terra and Club Kakatua to help restore forests worldwide and to help endangered species flourish again.