Our Planet

The right choice, a world of difference

We believe there’s nothing quite like the freedom of a run and that to keep us running in the places we love, it’s up to all of us to do our bit to protect the planet. That’s why we’ve created Our Planet - a range of products handpicked for their sustainability criteria - so you can make better, more environmentally friendly choices that reduce your footprint on the planet. Look out for the Our Planet logo in-store and online.

Why have we introduced Our Planet?

Environmental Aspect

As runners, we understand that running takes its toll on our kit, and it may need replacing to keep us performing at our best. We’re here to help supply everything you need, but as a retailer, we believe we also have a duty to:

  • Encourage our brands to produce more sustainable products 
  • Make buying sustainable products easier for our customers
  • Educate our customers about the effect buying more sustainable products can have on the planet

Provide Excellent Customer Service

We live and breathe running, and we want to share our passion and expertise with our customers. By introducing the Our Planet range we aim to make it easier for you to make better choices for both your run and the planet.

Our Planet is just one of our core projects in our wider Sustainability Program.

What is it?

The Our Planet range consists of our most sustainable products with selection based on third party accreditation that we deem to have high environmental standards and rigorous compliance systems.

 

To ensure all the products live up to their environmental claims, we carry out spot checks with our brands, so you know the products you are buying are truly more sustainable.

 

Our Planet stands for more sustainable products, but it’s important to recognise, even the most sustainable products aren’t fully sustainable. We want to be open and honest and be clear that the products in the Our Planet range are more sustainable than other products we sell, rather than 100% sustainable.

How can you shop Our Planet?

To ensure you can spend more time running and less time shopping, we’ve made some changes online and in-store to help make the Our Planet range easily identifiable.

 

Online: You can search all sustainable products by navigating to Our Planet in the menu bar at the top of the page or by filtering the products by sustainability. In addition, each Our Planet product has a ‘Sustainable’ tag to make it easy to identify and every product description includes an explanation of why the product qualified.

What are the sustainability criteria? Find out more

Note on Footwear:

 

Where thresholds are given as a Percentage Share of a product’s weight, it refers to the product’s total weight, except on footwear.

Footwear is divided into its sole and upper components, and to fulfil the threshold, either the sole or upper components must meet the weight components.

 

 

Appendix

Further Information on our Criteria

1.1. Reduced Chemicals

 

 

PFC Free

 

PFCs (per- and poly-fluorinated chemicals) are man-made chemicals that don’t occur naturally. For years, they have been used in DWR (durable water repellent) coatings and waterproof membranes, with a long-chain (C8) fluorocarbon-based treatment the standard DWR coating. Although highly effective and extraordinarily durable, its by-products are toxic and persist in the environment - a combination that makes it unacceptable despite its excellent performance. Many PFCs are now so widely dispersed that even the tap water we drink has low levels of background pollution. As a result, governments around the globe require chemical companies to stop making C8 DWR. For a DWR product to be classified as “PFC free”, no PFCs can be used in the material or manufacturing of the product.

 

Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC)

 

The mission of ZDHC’s “roadmap to zero” is to enable brands and retailers in textile, apparel, and footwear industries to implement sustainable chemical management best practices. Through collaborative engagement, standard-setting, and implementation, the industry will advance towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals.

 

The ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) sets out the chemical substances banned from intentional use in facilities that process textile materials and trim parts in apparel and footwear. The ZDHC MRSL is regularly updated with new chemicals and processes that should be phased out of the supply chain. Link

 

Oeko-Tex Made in Green

 

MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® is a traceable product label for all kinds of textiles (e.g., garments, home textiles) and leather products (e.g. garments, finished and semi-finished leathers), including non-textile/-leather components (e.g. accessories). The MADE IN GREEN label verifies that an article has undergone testing for harmful substances carried out through certification under STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® or LEATHER STANDARD by OEKO-TEX®.

 

It also guarantees that the textile or leather product has been manufactured using sustainable processes under socially responsible working conditions. Link

 

1.2. Recycled Materials

 

Global Recycled Standard

 

The GRS is an international, voluntary, full product standard that sets the requirements for third-party certification of recycled content, chain of custody, social and environmental practices, and chemical restrictions. Link

 

Recycled Claim Standard

 

The Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) is an international, voluntary standard that sets requirements for third parties. It's a chain of custody standard to track recycled raw materials through the supply chain. It uses the chain of custody requirements of the Content Claim Standard (CSS). The Recycled Claim Standard is intended for use with any product containing at least 5% Recycled Material. Each stage of production must be certified, beginning at the recycling stage, and ending at the last seller in the final business-to-business transaction. Material Collection and Material Concentration sites are subject to self-declaration, document collection, and on-site visits. The RCS standard is a single attribute certification and doesn’t consider social or environmental aspects of processing and manufacturing, quality, or legal compliance. Link

 

Repreve

 

REPREVE is a branded performance fibre made from recycled materials (including plastic bottles). Repreve’s process embeds properties including wicking, adaptive warming and cooling, water repellency, and more at fibre level, for reliable, durable quality. Link

 

1.3. Organic Fibres

 

Global Organic Textile Standard

 

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) was developed by leading standard setters to define world-wide recognised requirements for organic textiles. From the harvesting of the raw materials, environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing to labelling, textiles certified to GOTS provide a credible assurance to the consumer.

 

From Field to Fashion: The GOTS quality assurance system is based on on-site inspection and certification of the entire textile supply chain (processing and trade). Operators from post-harvest handling up to garment making, as well as wholesalers (including exporters and importers), must undergo an on-site annual inspection cycle and hold a valid certification for the final products to be labelled as GOTS certified.

 

For a product to qualify under this criterion it’s sufficient for the materials used in the product to be certified as “organic”, even if the brand doesn’t hold the certificate for the product. Link

 

Better Cotton Initiative

 

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) is a global not-for-profit organisation and the largest cotton sustainability programme in the world. BCI exists to make global cotton production better for the people who produce it, better for the environment it grows in and better for the sector’s future. The Better Cotton Standard System is a holistic approach to sustainable cotton production which covers all three pillars of sustainability; environmental, social, and economic. 

 

Each of the elements – from the Principles and Criteria to the monitoring mechanisms which show results and impact – work together to support the Better Cotton Standard System, and the credibility of Better Cotton and BCI. The system is designed to ensure the exchange of good practices and to encourage the scaling up of collective action to establish Better Cotton as a sustainable mainstream commodity. Link

 

1.4. More Sustainable Fibres

 

Lyocell

 

Lyocell is a form of rayon. It consists of cellulose fibre, made from dissolving pulp and then reconstituting it by dry jet-wet spinning, so it can be used to make textiles for clothing and other purposes. Unlike rayon made by the viscose process, lyocell production doesn’t use harmful carbon sulfide, which is toxic to workers and the environment. Lyocell shares many properties with other fibres such as cotton, linen, silk, ramie, hemp, and viscose rayon (which is closely related chemically). 

 

Tencel

 

TENCEL™ branded lyocell and modal fibres are produced by environmentally responsible processes from sustainably sourced natural raw material wood. 

 

Ecovero

 

Derived from certified renewable wood sources using an eco-responsible production process that meets high environmental standards, LENZING™ ECOVERO™ fibres tailor to a sustainable lifestyle, contributing to a cleaner environment. 

 

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)

 

FSC will promote environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests. FSC forest management certification confirms a forest is being managed to preserve biological diversity and benefits the lives of local people and workers while maintaining economic viability. 

 

Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)

 

PEFC, the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, is a leading global alliance of national forest certification systems. As an international non-profit, non-governmental organisation, they are dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification. 

 

Responsible Wool Standard

 

The Responsible Wool Standard is a voluntary standard that addresses the welfare of sheep and the land they graze on. Its goals are to provide the industry with the tools to recognise the best practices of farmers to ensure wool comes from farms with a progressive approach to managing their land, practice holistic respect for the welfare of their sheep and respect the Five Freedoms of animal welfare. The RWS requires all sites to be certified, beginning with the wool farmers right through to the seller in the final business to business transaction. Usually, the last stage to be certified is the garment manufacturer or brand. 

 

ZQ or ZQRX Natural Fibres

 

ZQ growers and brand partners are committed to protecting our environment, as well as the animals and people behind their businesses. ZQ Natural Fibre is only available through supply agreement contracts set up between the grower and a ZQ brand partner. ZQ is an established grower standard, owned and operated by The New Zealand Merino Company Ltd and is recognised by the ISO/IEC 17065:2012 standard. All ZQ growers adhere to the requirements set out in the ZQ Grower Standard. 

 

Nativa

 

NATIVA™ is the most advanced 100% traceable and sustainable global wool brand. NATIVA™ aims to bridge the gap between sustainable sourcing standards and the demands set by consumers. 

 

Responsible Down Standard

 

The Responsible Down Standard (RDS) aims to ensure down and feathers come from animals that haven't been subjected to unnecessary harm. The standard provides companies and consumers with a tool to know what's in their products and that claims are accurate. 

 

Gold Standard – Leather Working Group

 

Leather Working Group is a not-for-profit organisation responsible for the world's leading environmental certification for the leather manufacturing industry. LWG aims to improve the environmental impact of the leather industry by assessing and certifying leather manufacturers. 

 

2. More Sustainably Manufactures

 

Bluesign

 

BLUESIGN is a system that provides safer and more sustainable environments for people to work and live in. Powered by a holistic approach, BLUESIGN traces textiles path along the manufacturing process, making improvements at every stage, from the factory floor to the finished product.

 

BLUESIGN changes the environmental impact of textiles for good. As a solution provider and knowledge broker, BLUESIGN acts as an independent verifier to secure trust and transparency. 

 

Green Button

 

The Green Button is a government-run certification label for sustainable textiles. It demands mandatory standards are met to protect people and the environment. A total of 46 stringent social and environmental criteria must be met, covering a wide spectrum from wastewater to forced labour. 

 

Cradle to Cradle

 

Cradle to Cradle Certified® is a globally recognised measure of safer, more sustainable products made for the circular economy. To receive certification, products are assessed for environmental and social performance across five critical sustainability categories: material health, material reuse, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness.

 

A product is assigned an achievement level (Basic, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum) for each category. A product’s lowest category achievement also represents its overall certification level. The standard encourages continuous improvement by awarding certification on ascending levels of achievement and requiring certification renewal every two years. 

 

3. Supporting Communities

 

Fair Trade – Textile Standard

 

The Fairtrade Textile Standard is one component of the greater Fairtrade Textile Programme to facilitate change in textile supply chains and related business practices. This comprehensive approach engages manufacturers and workers in the supply chain to bring about better wages and working conditions and engages brands to commit to fair terms of trade. 

 

World Fair Trade Organisation – Fair Trade Standard

 

The WFTO Fair Trade Standard is part of the WFTO Guarantee System. The Standard contains WFTO’s 10 Principles of Fair Trade and defines compliance criteria. The WFTO Principles are set by WFTO members and are based on common Fair-Trade values, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions, human rights, and other internationally recognised principles. 

 

Fair Wear

 

Fair Wear’s mission is to create a world where the garment industry supports workers in realising their rights to safe, dignified, properly paid employment. They focus on garment production, specifically sewing, cutting, and trimming processes–the most labour-intensive parts of the supply chain.

 

Fair Wear works with 140+ member brands who are committed to finding fairer ways to make clothes. It engages directly with factories, trade unions, NGOs, and governments to find answers to problems others think are unsolvable. 

 

amfori BSCI

 

Since 2003, amfori BSCI has enabled companies to trade with purpose by improving social performance in their supply chain. Its strong code of conduct has 11 principles that support our members.

 

These range from fair remuneration to no child labour, and sit alongside a step-by-step approach that enables companies to monitor, engage, get empowered and receive support to put sustainable trade at the heart of their business. 

 

BSR’s HERProject

 

BSR's HERproject™ is a collaborative initiative that strives to empower low-income women working in global supply chains. Bringing together global brands, their suppliers, and local NGOs, HERproject™ drives impact for women and business via workplace-based interventions on health, financial inclusion, and gender equality.

 

Since its inception in 2007, HERproject™ has worked in more than 850 workplaces across 14 countries and has increased the well-being, confidence, and economic potential of more than 1,000,000 women and 450,000 men. 

 

4. Giving Back to the Planet

 

1% for the Planet

 

In 2002, Yvon Chouinard, founder of Patagonia, and Craig Mathews, founder of Blue Ribbon Flies, created 1% for the Planet and started a global movement. The idea is simple: because companies profit from the resources they take from the earth, they should protect those resources. We pair businesses and individuals with our approved environmental nonprofits, creating high-impact partnerships that amplify the impact of our members’ giving. 

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