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What do we mean by Sustainable?

As modern consumers, we are becoming increasingly aware of being sustainable and ethical in all of our food and lifestyle choices, but what does this mean when it comes to the fashion, beauty, food and interior products we buy? While we are not perfect, we will always be honest. Being transparent about the small steps we are taking towards sustainability is our responsibility to you and the environment, and we’re striving to do better every day.

Our Criteria

To be part of The Sustainable Edit brands and products must meet our criteria which include the use of low impact materials and production methods meeting third party certified best practice standards. We also include Irish made products and those that support sustainable lifestyles such as reusable cups and bottles. We work with our brand and concession partners to vet products in the edit against these criteria. You can see the sustainability criteria for each product included in the Product Description information.

Here we breakdown some of the language and terms in our criteria that are associated with sustainability and sustainable fashion, beauty, food and more.

What is Vegan?

A vegan item is something free of all animal products and animal by-products such as beeswax, milk substance, egg whites and honey.

What is cruelty-free?

Cruelty-free means that neither the products nor their ingredients have been tested on animals at any point in the development process.
Leaping Bunny is a certification scheme for beauty products that are cruelty-free. PETA also have a certification scheme for cruelty-free and vegan products.

What is Organic?

Certified organic food or fibres used in fashion, like cotton or hemp, ensure high environmental and social standards. Look out for the Global Organic Textile (GOTs) or Soil Association Standards.

What is sustainable cotton and why is it important?

Conventional cotton is a very water and chemical-intensive crop where farmer and working conditions are poor.
The good news is that many of our brands use sustainable cotton like certified organic cotton or Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) to reduce these harmful impacts.

What is Tencel (lyocell)?

TENCEL™ branded lyocell are low impact fibres made from sustainably sourced timber pulp.

What is sustainable viscose?

Viscose is a man-made cellulose fabric, made from timber pulp. Sustainable viscose means it is sustainably managed, certified to FSC and verified to be free from ancient and endangered forest.

What are recycled fibres?

Recycled cotton, polyester , nylon and other fibres have a lower impact than their virgin counterparts, ECONYL® is a regenerated (recycled) nylon that is made from fishing nets as well as factory waste.

What is sustainable wood?

This is timber that has been sourced from sustainably-managed forests certified to schemes like Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Programme for Environmental Forest Certification (PEFC)

What is Responsible Down?

Products like outerwear certified to the Responsible Down Standard or duvets certified to Downpass ensure good animal welfare standards and that only down and feathers that are a by product from the meat industry are used.

What is responsible wool?

Responsible wool like the Responsible Wool Standard, Woolmark and Zque – ensures good environmental and animal welfare practices for Merino wool that are fully traceable back to the sheep.

Low impact production

A range of sustainable production schemes reduce the environmental impacts of product manufacture. Examples include Oeko-Tex, Bluesign (chemicals management), Cradle to Cradle, Climate Compensated or brand specific like Levi’s Waterless ™ which reduces water use in denim by over 90 percent.

What is the ethical Tea Partnership or Rainforest Alliance?

The Ethical Tea Partnership (ETP) works to improve the sustainability of tea production, the lives of tea workers, and the environment in which tea is produced. Products certified by the ETP are supporting this work.

The Rainforest Alliance is a non-governmental organization working to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behaviour through the certification of products.

What is Fairtrade?

Fair Trade Certified™ food and fashion ensure good decent pay, working conditions and protect the environment.

What is Origin Green?

Origin Green is Ireland’s sustainable food and drink programme supporting farmers, manufacturers and retailers using sustainable food and drink production.