COAST WITH CONSCIENCE
As part of our mission to make the world a happier place, we’ve pledged to do our bit for the Earth. We’re facing up to the future, doing more for our clothes, our suppliers, our communities and our planet. That means keeping an eye on our ways of working every step of the way, and making better choices wherever we can, from the big stuff to the little stuff.
We’ve created a plan, with a focus on three important areas:
1. Clothes. Made smarter
Making our clothes in a smarter way – with better materials, more sustainable design and less waste and packaging.
2. Suppliers. On better terms
Doing more for our suppliers – transparent supply chains, improved standards and management and a long-terms commitment to those that work in fashion.
3. Our business. Taking action
Running our business responsibly – strong governance, responsible marketing, a net-zero future and a role in communities we can be proud of.
For the planet:
We donate over 100,000 sample garments each year to charities.
We're members of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Sustainable Clothing Action Plan and the Microfiber Consortium, and are always striving to make our products better for the environment.
We're working with our suppliers on collections that use recycled or organic materials.
We create small quantities of each garment to gauge demand and avoid wastage. If a design is a big seller, we can make more quickly, knowing it won't end up in landfill.
Products we can’t sell are donated to charity or our recycling partners. These partners recycle thousands of pieces a month so they don't go in the bin.
Our dispatch bags are made of recycled material and are 100% recyclable. We're also working with our partners to reduce the environmental impact of the rest of our packaging.
We only buy renewable energy across our sites.
All our returns are paperless.
For the people:
Unlike many other retailers, we source a large proportion of our clothes in the UK and we firmly believe that ‘made in Britain’ is a label of pride.
We're setting up a Garment and Textile Community Trust to support workers in the garment industry in Leicester.
We're developing and launching a state-of-the art manufacturing facility in Leicester to demonstrate best practice in manufacturing and worker engagement.
We're passionate about diversity and inclusion. Our D&I forum works to ensure representation for all, both internally and externally.
We believe people of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds should feel represented by Coast. We're committed to this through the content we create and the ambassadors we work with.
Our wash it well guide will help keep your clothes looking fabulous for longer, as well as look after Mother Nature.
Wash your clothes only when they need it. Most of us are guilty of overwashing, but leaving longer between loads will prolong the life of your items.
Washing a full load results in less friction between the clothes and saves on electricity bills.
When you wash at low temperatures, you’ll help reduce the release of microplastic fibres in your clothing, which in turn reduces CO2 emissions.
If you’re giving your dryer a clean, throw lint in the bin and never down your drains.
Long periods of washing can cause more friction between fabrics, so it’s always best to avoid long washing cycles.
Some of the chemicals used in washing detergent can have a negative environmental impact, so try and look out for eco labels when you shop.
Save energy and money by air drying your clothes when you can.
Like your recycling fairy Godmother, ReGain is here to make repurposing your old clothes easy. By using ReGain, not only are you giving your unwanted items a new lease of life, you’ll also get exclusive discounts off your next shopping haul, too. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3...
Just follow these steps below:
1. Download and register on the reGAIN app.
2. Put unwanted items in a box or bag, print your free shipping label and take to a drop-off point.
3. Your old clothes will be donated to charity and you’ll unlock exclusive discount codes.
*Available on the Apple app store or Google Play. Minimum send of ten items. Your code will be activated after 30 minutes from the drop-off time.
The 411 on the fabrics we use and how they’re better for the planet.
The process of applying prints, motifs and patterns with a digital printer. This technique reduces water waste and energy usage versus conventional printers.
The tanneries we use have been audited to the Leather Working Group standard, which aims to lessen the impact of leather production on the environment. All our leather pieces are by-products of the meat industry, and some are also tanned without the use of chrome.
This includes fabrics made from 100% linen or cotton with planet-based origins.
Organic cotton is cultivated without the use of chemicals, synthetic fertilisers, pesticides or any form of genetic modification. It has a smaller impact on the planet, conserving the soil and surrounding environment.
Made from pre-consumer fabric waste, recycled nylon offers a more sustainable alternative. For example, garments made from old fishing nets.
Recycled polyester gives a second life to plastic that could otherwise end up in landfill or the ocean. It also leaves a smaller impact on the environment, using less water and energy and producing less emissions.
Leftover fabric and offcuts from garment production, used to create new products.
A fabric comprised of natural fibres. It’s produced using chemicals that are less toxic to the environment and recycled during the production process, leaving minimal waste.
Our viscose is more sustainably sourced from carefully managed forests.
Our wool is responsibly sourced and certified to strict animal welfare standards.