Laboutiek stands for style and quality, but also for responsibility and a more sustainable lifestyle. We strive for a world in which everyone makes conscious choices and quality beats quantity. Making the world a little bit better. More sustainable, cleaner, greener. We do that by offering fair fashion. After all, fashion of the future is more responsible!

A sustainable lifestyle starts with yourself. That is why we work in an environmentally responsible manner within our organization. But it doesn't stop there, because we also expect our partners and suppliers to act responsibly so that we can work together for a better future.

We are working on a better world for people, animals and the environment. By burdening nature as little as possible. We only have 1 world and we have to be careful with that.

HOW DO WE TAKE OUR RESPONSIBILITY?

Acting responsibly means making conscious choices in all facets of our organization. The impact on the environment plays a major role in this. That is why we have set various goals to ensure that we minimize the burden on the environment.

• As many (unsold) garments as possible are recycled
• We strive for a more sustainable use of raw materials and materials
• Laboutiek's head office consists entirely of LED lighting
• We have special packaging sizes to limit the use of cardboard. By using more suitable boxes ( different sizes), we can also transport them more efficiently and we reduce CO2 emissions through transport
• Our shipping bags are recyclable and printed with water-based ink
• We have an active power in one 's head offices or. Heating and lighting are not switched on by default and are checked monthly
• All our boxes and carrier bags are made from FSC certified paper. This paper comes from sustainably managed forests. Furthermore, the cardboard of our boxes is light in weight, it contains few dyes and it is produced in a CO2 neutral factory.
• A l paper on one 's bureau or used is FSC certified and sourced from sustainably managed forests.
• We limit the use of what is there, no unnecessary water is consumed.


SMARTER YOUR GARDEROBE!

Why should we use our wardrobe smarter?
Every year we throw more than 14 kilos per person of old textile into the residual waste. This leads to a combined textile waste mountain of approximately 238 million kilos of old textile . We don't wear 50 of the average 175 items in our closet. We throw an average of 24 pieces per person into the residual waste, after which it is incinerated or ends up in the landfill. Even though 65% of this is still suitable for reuse or recycling, it is a shame!

At Laboutiek we want to make the best and most beautiful clothing possible. We want you to enjoy your Laboutiek for years. This means that we look for an optimal balance between timelessness, durability, comfort and the environment, in a dynamic way. First of all, our style is never out-of-date, so there is no reason to replace your favorite Laboutiek item, which in itself is sustainable.

WHY DO WE ACTUALLY RECYCLE?

Let's start at the beginning. Making clothes (growing the cotton plant, producing synthetic fabrics, dyeing fabrics and transporting raw materials) takes a lot of water and energy. For example, the production of 1 kilo of cotton costs up to 10,000 liters of water. We therefore save a great deal of CO2 and water by recycling and reusing clothing. This is good for the environment and therefore also for ourselves.

How does Laboutiek create as little textile waste as possible?
Laboutiek first tries to prevent textile waste by offering a sustainable product. At Laboutiek you buy a product that you will enjoy for a long time and that you will really love, a beautiful, timeless product of high quality. We are proud of that and that is one way in which we want to ensure that our products do not end up in the rubbish.

Besides trying Laboutiek minimize its textile waste by up to do a responsible manner from unsold or unsaleable (damaged) items using huh t product to reuse either recycle.

SMARTER AND SUSTAINABLE BUYING

Just as often buying clothes as changing fashion trends is not good for people and the environment. The temptation is great because in shops you always spot new clothing collections. This so-called ' fast fashion' causes a lot of waste, waste and unfair production. Laboutiek does not do sale and Fast fashion. We use timeless items with high quality for fair prices. Our global partners also do not use Laboutiek items for sale. This way your clothes always keep their value and you can enjoy your items longer and we all contribute to the environment!

"CHEAP IS EXPENSIVE"
Clothes made of higher quality materials last longer.

PARTNERS & SUPPLIERS

Our suppliers are selected for authenticity, craftsmanship, expertise and an eye for quality. We are looking for traditional craftsmanship; this is more important to us than finding the lowest possible price. Good quality and good working conditions are very important to us .

We are very selective in choosing the countries where we produce. We mainly look for our workshops within the European Union. The reason for this is that the workshops within Europe must comply with European legislation and guidelines on working conditions. Another reason is that we can easily visit these workshops regularly, which is conducive to a good working relationship. We learned a lot from the approach of the Fair Wear Foundation. We start at a new workshop by requesting information about working conditions and the ICS policy of the production location. In addition, we ask whether an audit has already taken place in the workshop, and whether they want to share the results with us.

MATERIALS

Also materials sourcing we exclusively from European suppliers and agencies. Within Europe, the quality of fabrics is generally high and European fabric suppliers must comply with European regulations for working conditions, environmental impact and chemical use. But we also do this to keep the environmental impact of transport as low as possible. D ier frie actual materials and d gland wellbeing is very important to at Laboutiek . We handle the choices of our materials with care. Laboutiek himself completely in the hand which materials in our collection s are used. We do not use exotic leather, fur, angora and mohair in our collections. We have selected these materials on the basis of reports and publications from, among others, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) . These reports have shown that there is an increased risk of animal suffering in the production of these materials. By keeping these materials out, we reduce the risk of animal suffering .

Laboutiek does not have its own production facilities, but collaborates with highly experienced European workshops that share our passion for making beautiful products. At the moment our products mainly come from workshops Lithuania and Serbia. A good relationship of trust and long-term cooperation with our suppliers is our top priority. This is the only way we can guarantee continuity in the quality, appearance and delivery of our collections. We monitor to ensure that our partners operate according to our standards and we feel responsible that the working conditions of employees within our production chain are in accordance with our standards. Our factories are members of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF).

FAIR WEAR FOUNDATION

Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) is an independent, nonprofit organization with clothing companies and factories working together to generally improve the working conditions for employees. FWF is active in 11 production countries in Asia, Europe and Africa and its 85 members manage more than 120 brands. Responsible supply chain 4 Fair Wear Foundation checks and verifies whether our suppliers really do what they say.

FWF was founded by various stakeholders or stakeholders from the fashion industry. Because of these different stakeholders, FWF is also referred to as a Multi-Stakeholder Initiative (MSI). FWF distinguishes itself through its MSI approach and thereby also offers additional credibility to companies that join FWF.

The means that the Fair Wear Foundation uses for this purpose is a code of conduct for clothing companies. This code of conduct is based on the internationally recognized standards of the International Labor Organization (ILO).

The Fair Wear Foundation 's labor standards are:

• free choice of labor
• no discrimination against workers
• no child labor
• freedom of association and right to collective bargaining
• payment of an acceptable wage
• no excessive working hours
• safe and healthy working conditions
• a legal employment contract

To which products does the Fair Wear Foundation apply?

Fair Wear Foundation applies to clothing and other textiles.

Companies that participate in the Fair Wear Foundation implement the labor standards referred to in the code of conduct and accept the Fair Wear Foundation 's audit of the actual improvement of working conditions at their suppliers.

For more information about the Fair Wear Foundation, visit their website:

"http://www.fairwear.org/".