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It doesn’t need to be this way. Bam was set up in 2006 with this specific goal: To demonstrate that you can have success doing things ‘the right way’.
To build a business without debt, without investment, in a way your mother would be proud of, treating our suppliers, our customers and ourselves the way everyone would like, at the same time as helping to turn around a polluting industry.
And to have fun while we’re doing it 😊
We’ve proved you don’t need virgin polyester with our 73 Zero fleeces made from 100% recycled polyester. They’re certified 100% recyclable so they never need to end up in landfill. And we’re creating next gen nature-based fabrics such as Mallea and Novea that use modern techniques to give you all the performance with minimal elastane.
Impact positive by 2030 is ambitious. We can’t dance about the edges, we have to completely rethink our business. These three goals ensure we focus on our three major impacts.
73% of clothing ends up in landfill or incinerated. To get that to zero we need to make it easy not just to recycle but to recycle in a meaningful way
That’s why we’ve teamed up with Sharewear, a charity dedicated to ending clothing poverty who distribute second-hand clothes to the people who need them most.
How our partnership with Sharewear works
When you shop with BAM, you can choose to receive a free postage-paid Sharewear recycling bag so you can send them any clothes you’re finished with. You don’t have to restrict yourself to BAM clothes, you can send any useable item.
Sharewear accept clothing items in all sizes:
They can also take pre-loved clothes as well as new ones, however they will only use clothes which are of a very high quality. Please be aware that Sharewear can only accept brand new knickers and pants.
Please note they DO NOT accept food, toiletries, household goods, furniture, toys or anything not listed above.
When you do, we’ll send you £5 off your next BAM purchase.
If you want to recycle more clothes, you can visit Sharewear’s drop off points or email us ([email protected]) to arrange delivery. These larger donations are at your own cost but as a thank you, we’ll give you £10 off your next BAM purchase.
Please note, we are unable to cover the cost of international postage for the Sharewear recycling bag. If you wish to take part in this scheme, you will need to cover the cost of your own shipping.
Only 1.4%* of carbon emissions from producing our clothes is generated by transport from China. It’s surprisingly small.
To put that in context, washing our clothes contributes 14.8%* of the carbon emissions of clothing throughout its life cycle.
We’ve looked at all the emissions generated throughout our product life cycle from the moment the bamboo leaves the soil right through to laundry and recycling. This means we can plan how we reduce those emissions.
What this has clearly highlighted is that using a sustainable crop like bamboo far outweighs the impact of importing it.
*Based on BAM’s measurement of our total footprint in 2019
You’ll notice that whenever we describe the fabric our clothes are made of, we call it bamboo viscose. The viscose process is the way the bamboo pulp is turned into a fabric and this uses chemicals.
Bamboo is one of the most sustainable crops on the planet but one of the criticisms of bamboo viscose is that it’s not as eco-friendly as it might first appear because of this chemical process.
Every clothing business has a chemical footprint but we believe all clothing manufacturers should ensure safe chemistry and zero water pollution to protect the local population as well as wildlife and its habitat.
As part of our goal to be impact positive, we are reducing any remaining pollution from our textile processing to zero. To do that we’ve traced back through our entire supply chain to ensure we know exactly who is making our fibre and dyeing and finishing our fabrics. When it comes to the viscose process, we have visited both of the viscose producers used by our suppliers. We know for ourselves exactly how our bamboo viscose is made and we have made a commitment to only work with textile manufacturers who have responsible chemical management systems and waste treatment practices and who invest in the technology needed to make things better.
We don’t shy away from the realities of bamboo viscose because – despite these chemicals – it is still one of the most sustainable fibres available and it’s a planet-friendly alternative to conventional viscose, cotton & polyester.
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