Sustainability is Beautiful
For Love & Lemons is the heart and soul of a friendship that has lasted decades. We pour everything we love into our collections — from meticulously designed silhouettes to handpicked prints, every last stitch is a love letter to our customers. We firmly believe something we love this much needs to have a positive impact on this beautiful planet we all live on. Over the past few years we've been making moves towards being a more sustainable brand, and as of 2020 officially integrated sustainability into our company goals. We are far from perfect, but we are actively incorporating sustainability into everything we do. We’re excited to invite you on this ever-evolving journey with us.
FL&L Progress Report
We’ve hired a dedicated Sustainability Designer who will oversee research and development for all of our sustainability goals.
PUT TO GOOD USE
In order to use up leftover fabric and trims, we use these materials to create our fit samples whenever possible. 100% of our Spring ‘21 prototype samples used leftover materials.
To reduce our carbon footprint, we produce our garments in only two countries and two factories - one for our RTW collections and one for #FLLforVS - rather than spreading production across several factories and countries. Check out our factory page here!
We are GOTS and GRS certified for our recycled and organic materials. We also ask that each fabric vendor provides us a certification for any such claim.
We use digital printing almost exclusively since it is more sustainable than screen printing. With digital printing:
✔️ we’re reducing fabric waste
✔️ our fabric doesn’t need as many wash and rinse cycles and there is less wasted surplus ink, which means less chemicals in our waterways
✔️ there are no screens or colorant baths that require cleaning and no setup equipment which often goes into landfills
We’re moving away from traditional polyester and transitioning to recycled polyester to avoid creating new waste. We’re giving already existing material new life which lessens greenhouse gas emissions and ensures a more circular lifespan for a garment. However, since recycled polyester still sheds some microfibers, we are now carrying Guppyfriend Washing Bags. These bags reduce the fibers they shed, and trap those that do.
MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
We’re opting to use viscose and rayon where we can since they are made from cellulose fibers - wood pulp to be exact. We realize this isn’t the most ideal option, but as we evolve our sustainability efforts, a step away from traditional polyester is a step in the right direction.
LEANING INTO LINEN
Linen is made from flax plants and uses less water than traditional cotton to create fiber. We want to transition to using organic linen wherever possible.
We’ve partnered with GRS-certified sustainable trim vendors to source better options for garment lining, buttons, zippers, drawcords and all other garments detailing.
OUR GREEN INITIATIVE
We are now also partnered with Route’s Green Package Protection, a package protection solution that helps cover your order in the event that your order gets lost, stolen, or damaged while in transit while also protecting the planet.
Every time you add Green Package Protection to your order, Route donates to support an agroforestry initiative that removes CO₂ from the air and promotes a flourishing ecosystem.
Additionally, for any order that has opted-out of Route's Green Package Protection, we will be subsidizing it by purchasing carbon offsets through Cloverly which creates a simple way to offset the carbon emissions of your online order. With Cloverly we are able to purchase renewable energy offsets to make your shipment “green” based on your package’s weight and destination.
See For Love & Lemons' Carbon Offsets And Renewable Energy Certificates here.
Route is covering the cost to neutralize shipping emissions when you add "Green Package Protection" at checkout. "Green Package Protection" Shipping includes package protection at the same cost as before, with the additional benefit that your shipment is carbon neutral. By adding Green Package Protection to your cart, you're automatically taking instant climate action – no donation required.
Route has partnered with Patch, a carbon credit marketplace, to facilitate the purchase of carbon credits to neutralize your emissions. Carbon credits represent a certified unit of carbon removal or avoidance delivered by environmental projects that can be purchased to naturally remove carbon from the air. Patch is a high-integrity carbon removal project that is vetted and certified by organizations like Gold Standard, Verra, Climate Action Reserve, and The American Carbon Registry.
Carbon offsetting involves calculating the amount of carbon emissions generated by a particular activity (such as shipping a package) and then purchasing an instrument that pays for avoiding or sequestering the same amount of carbon elsewhere in the environment.
Because the earth is one giant carbon sink, removing an equivalent amount of emissions elsewhere in the environment has the same net impact as if your emissions didn't occur. Buying an instrument that reduces or eliminates greenhouse gases also creates a market that spurs the creation of additional carbon-removal projects.
The instruments that Cloverly uses fall into 2 main categories: carbon offsets and Renewable Energy Credits (RECs).
A carbon offset is an instrument representing the reduction, avoidance, or sequestration of 1 metric ton (2,205 pounds) of carbon emissions. It's called an offset because it's used to compensate for an equal amount of carbon emissions elsewhere. Carbon offset projects are verified by third parties to make sure that they indeed reduce, avoid, or sequester the amount of carbon that they claim.
For a current list of the offset and Renewable Energy Credit projects in Cloverly's portfolio and an interactive map showing their locations, go to dashboard.cloverly.com/offsets.
Renewable Energy Credits, or RECs, represent the intangible environmental attributes of energy generated from renewable sources, like wind or solar, and delivered to the grid. A REC is issued for each megawatt-hour (1,000 kilowatt-hours) of renewable energy generated and delivered.
For a current list of the offsets and RECs in Cloverly's portfolio and an interactive map showing their locations, go to dashboard.cloverly.com/offsets.
All offsets that are publicly available via the Cloverly API are registered and tracked by generally accepted and reputable organizations in the voluntary markets, and verified by third parties. Gold Standard, the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), the American Carbon Registry (ACR), and other internationally recognized organizations ensure the quality, accuracy, and integrity of the offsets.
These entities ensure that the carbon savings would not have happened without the offset project and that the project would not have happened without the ability to sell carbon offsets. Cloverly also works with private suppliers to meet the needs of our partners who want a certain location or type of offset project that we don't already offer.
The Cloverly API calculates carbon emissions and corresponding offsets in real time, using inputs tailored to the type of activity. For example, Cloverly would use distance traveled and fuel consumption to determine emissions for fleet trucks, aircraft, or other vehicles. For shipping and ecommerce applications, Cloverly would also consider the package weight, and origin and destination locations. For complex use cases, our team can work with you to determine the best approach. And if you already know the amount of carbon you'd like to offset, you can plug that data into our API, too.
A carbon credit is the same as a carbon offset. It represents the reduction of 1 metric ton (2,205 pounds) of carbon emissions—technically, 1 metric ton of carbon dioxide or its equivalent. "Carbon credit" is often used to refer to the financial instrument. "Carbon offset" often refers to an offsetting action. However, the terms are commonly used interchangeably.
A few strides we've made in becoming a more sustainable brand:
- We will be doing away with our old plastic packaging and replace it with a new compostable version! The new version is made from organic matter and is 100% compostable. For more information on our new bags from TIPA, click here.
- When designing our packaging we made sure circularity was the focus, we use 100% recycled paper (minimum 40%-70% PCW) and print with water or soy based inks. After you've received your order, place the unwanted packaging in your curbside recycling bin.
- We're working with and sourcing more eco-friendly fabric vendors and mills.
- We are using eco-friendly fabrics where we can, striving to use more 100% sustainable fabrics in the future.
Our Pledge for 2020 and beyond
Integrate UN Sustainable Development Goals into our social responsibility strategy where possible. Align philanthropic efforts with UN Sustainable Development Goals where possible.