Where We Are
To become a more environmentally friendly brand, we’re taking measures to ensure that our products include either recycled or
contain sustainably sourced materials. Below, you will see the work we’ve been doing:
Non-organic cotton is one of the world’s dirtiest crops, relying on artificial chemicals that contribute to climate change and damage local ecosystems and the health of local people.
There are many advantages to using organic cotton. Below you can find a few examples:
- Organic cotton is grown using a holistic approach, contributing to the long-term benefit of people and the planet. For example, farmers use natural systems, like crop rotation, to grow organic cotton instead of using pesticides and insecticides.
- Natural growing methods mean biodiversity improves, and the soil stays healthy, and therefore healthy soil stores carbon, which helps combat climate change.
- Organic cotton also uses less water! Healthy soils soak up water like a sponge, holding it for longer in droughts which means crops need watering less often or can rely solely on rainwater.
Did you know that organic cotton farmers also grow other crops alongside their cotton to contribute to healthy soil? This provides an accessible and diverse food supply for local communities.
Two products from our range are made using organic cotton, these are the Screwfix Exclusive Sedona T-Shirt and the B&Q Exclusive Scottsdale T-Shirt.
Sustainably sourced cotton
The cotton we use for a selection of our products has come from a sustainable environment. Using
sustainability-sourced cotton promotes:
- Better working conditions for farmers and farm workers – decent work, gender empowerment and less inequality
- Better soil and water management
- Less use of pesticides
- New and more innovative sustainability practices
Our new Worker collection: Eco Worker T-Shirt, Eco Worker Polo, Eco Worker Sweatshirt and Eco Worker Hoodie have all been made using sustainably sourced cotton.
Swapping to recycled materials lessens our reliance on fossil fuels in material production.
By using recycled polyester, this:
- Stops waste plastic from ending up in landfill and the ocean
- It uses the same properties as virgin polyester/nylon but requires fewer resources to make it (for example, water, energy, fossil fuels)
- Reduces greenhouse gas emissions
- To avoid your clothes releasing microplastics into water systems during washing, we recommend using cooler, quicker washing cycles and waiting until you have a full load to reduce friction between clothes and the machine.
Going forward, all our new trousers will be made using recycled polyester/nylon, and the current collection of Scruffs trousers will eventually be made with an element of recycled material.
From packaging goods to being hung up in retailer stores, we’ve made some changes. See below:
- Scrap plastic hangers! We’ve introduced wooden hangers made from sustainable wood sources
- Our poly bags are now made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic and 100% recyclable
- Lastly, our shoe boxes are now recyclable
In 2005 the Leather Working Group was formed to promote “sustainable and appropriate environmental business practices” within the leather industry.
The Leather Working Group's role is to assess leather manufacturers' environmental compliance. In doing this, they promote improvement in the leather manufacturing industry by creating alignment on environmental priorities.
The group visits leather manufacturers around the globe and inspects them. The tanneries are given a rating from 0 to 100.
The scoring system considers a variety of factors:
- Traceability of the hides
- Environmental policies and procedures
- Energy consumption
- Water usage
- Air and noise emissions
- Waste management
- Worker safety
They score the visits from failing to audited (which is a low pass), then upwards of 65 gets a bronze, 75 gets silver, and 85 gets a gold rating.
All the tanneries that scruffs use for its leather footwear comes from a gold-rated tannery.
Moreover, we’ve been working with factories that share the same goal. The factories have amended their processes and updated their building infrastructure to work in a more sustainable environment. See below an example of one of our factories:
- Energy-efficient buildings
- Solar panels
- LED lights
- ‘Green’ machines through the factory
- Knitting, dyeing, and cutting facilities are now close to one another to reduce fuel use and carbon emissions
- Sustainability department
- Using oracle cloud-based ERP instead of large servers
Sedex is one of the world's leading ethical trade membership organisations that work with businesses to improve working conditions in global supply chains. As part of our ethical commitment, we are working towards a Sedex membership for all suppliers we source from. This allows us greater insight into our supplier base's sustainability and ethics. Currently, 60% of our suppliers are on the platform, and we will increase this figure to 80% by January 2023.