Ibex offers responsibly-produced apparel that’s made to last. Its efforts have earned it Climate Neutral Certification from the top to the bottom of the supply chain.
The activewear starts with ethically-sourced merino wool in an effort to provide the best performance for the consumer and the most eco-conscious material for the environment. Merino wool naturally promotes temperature regulation and breathability. Plus, it remains odor free, a nice benefit when on the trail or living out of a duffel bag. Additionally, Ibex turns the wool into gloves, hats, gaiters, shirts, bottoms, base layers and more.
Since Merino wool is a natural material, Ibex clothing will also break down in a backyard composter rather than adding to pollution and waste like the mounds of clothing made from synthetic fibers.
The company said, “We believe in actions, not just activewear. That’s why we’re committed to leading the charge for ethical apparel and amplifying the message to buy less but better. Ibex has close relationships with all suppliers and knows exactly where our garments are being made, taking responsibility for the whole ecosystem.”
For its efforts, Ibex holds a list of accreditations, including Woolmark Certified, Oekotex100, RWS, ISO9001, ISO14001, ACO (Australian Certified Organic), GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), Natruetexx, Bluesign, Naturtextil and single-use plastics free.
The company also ensures a fair and safe working environment and promotes transparency that allows customers to follow the production from source to delivery. For example, the company relies on an onsite five-stage water treatment plant and third party recycled water programs to recycle up to 85% of water from the manufacturing process. It’s also investing in solar projects to partially power the plant with renewable energy.
In reference to its own footprint, the company said, “We’re striving to make ours as soft as our sheep. The apparel industry accounts for 10% of global carbon emissions and remains the second largest industrial polluter, second to oil. Even though we only contribute a small fraction to that number we know that everyone has a choice and we’re taking action. That means we’ll be measuring our carbon footprint, partnering with our supply chain to reduce where we can and offsetting the rest. Now and forever.”
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