It has taken a few generations for us to become aware that the planet is a fragile ecosystem that needs to be protected and nurtured to meet present and future human needs and aspirations.
As a new brand, we are grateful for the leadership of the large organizations that took on the all-important task to move production in a sustainable way for the well-being of the planet and, therefore, the well-being of all of us for generations to come.
Everything that is produced has a footprint which can impact the planet and its inhabitants adversely or not. It is our choice at DE WULF to do our part in minimizing the footprint of production on Earth.
As we grow as a company, we plan to influence the manufacturers we partner in the same direction. We are also seeing sustainability as 1) a driver of innovation to improve life as we know it in all its aspects and 2) a way to provide a good living for those who practice it.
PRODUCT SUSTAINABILITY STANDARDS IMPLEMENTATION SUMMARY RELEVANT TO THE DE WULF BRAND. (Source REI - Version 1.0 January 2018)
DE WULF as a brand and its US existing and potential customers have expectations regarding the management of key environmental, social and/or animal warfare impacts. In order to meet those expectations, DE WULF is working towards implementing certain standards.
DE WULF and its US existing and potential customers have determined certain leading certifications and material types to be relevant to their product offering and most effective in advancing sustainability.
a) Leather Working Group Certification (LWG): ensure that certified leather suppliers have strong environmental stewardship practices in place and that hides source from Brazil are not from farms involved in any form of deforestation in the Amazon biome.
b) Sustainable packaging (How2Recycle logo): encourage each manufacture to use packaging material that is FSC certified (Forest Stewardship Council certification) and/or recycled and that is recyclable or compostable after use. In addition, we encourage the use of the How2Recycle logo on product packaging to help customers understand how to recycle packaging material after use.
Fair and safe supply chains
DE WULF expects its manufacturing partners to have in place a manufacturing code of conduct that outlines the social and environmental standards to be upheld within their supply chain. Those standards should be based on international fair labor principals and practices. EFFECTIVE DATE: Ongoing.
DE WULF expects its manufacturing partners to promote safe healthy working conditions including fair wages. We encourage our manufacturing partners to be certified by the Fair Trade USA or the Fairtrade International Certification.
DE WULF expects its manufacturers to have in place an RSL (restricted substance list) that meets or exceeds all applicable regulatory requirements. EFFECTIVE DATE: Ongoing.
Leather Working Group Certification. Leather manufacturing can be an environmentally impactful process, with key potential impacts including deforestation and the use of hazardous chemicals in the leather tanneries. The Leather Working Group (LWG) certification ensures that certified leather suppliers have strong environmental stewardship practices in place that hides sourced from Brazil are not from farms involved in deforestation in the Amazon biome.
DE WULF will expect its manufacturers to complete the Higg Index Brand Module annually and share the results with REI.
DE WULF encourages its manufacturing partners to use certified recycled materials in products where they reduce the products' environmental impact while maintaining product performance and safety.
DE WULF encourages its manufacturing partners to use packaging materials that are FSC-certified and /o recycled and that are recyclable or compostable after use. In addition, we encourage the use of the How2Recycle logo o product packaging to help customers understand how to recycle packaging after use.