SQD ATHLETICA TRANSPARENCY


Here at SQD we care about the environment and our communities. We know that as a brand, we have a responsibility to play in minimising the environmental impact of doing business as well as choosing ethical production and manufacturing processes to ensure that we can bring you the highest quality product without compromising our people, partners and the planet.

MANUFACTURING

SQDAthletica collections are designed from scratch in Australia at our Brisbane HQ. Our design team creates each seasonal collection and then works with our trusted partners across Taiwan and China to bring the designs to life with the highest quality fabrics and manufacturing. 

At SQDAthletica we will only work with suppliers and factories who agree to the terms of our Code of Conduct.

Our code consists of 11 mandatory requirements to trade, including: No Child Labor, No Forced Labor, No Harassment, Wages and Benefits, Hours of Work, Health and Safety, Non-Discrimination, Freedom of Association, Collective Bargaining, Environment and Communication.

Alongside our own code, we require all partners to hold current certification by a reputable third party such as the Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP), the Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI), and the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange (SEDEX).

Through this process we can ensure to the best of our ability that the partners we work with to manufacture our clothing are treated with respect and paid fairly for their hard work. 


FABRICS AND TECHNOLOGY

We know that the key to good athletic wear is all in the fabrics. That is why we have invested so heavily in choosing our own fabrics and working closely with some of the worlds best fabric mills. 

From our August 2019 release, 78% of the fabrics we’ve selected are fully traceable, this makes up 95% of our total range. 

The mills we choose to work with are Oeko-Tex 100 ® or Bluesign® approved, putting them at the forefront of environmentally safe textile production. 

We pride ourselves on using 100% recycled polyester across our selected products in our range certified as authentic by the Global Recycled Standard (GRS). Each t-shirt in our Orion range has been made by recycling 8 single use plastic bottles. 

We have also incorporated Polygiene® anti-odour treatment on most of our next to skin products. Polygiene® is the global leader in anti-odour technology, treating fabrics with a low concentrate recycled silver chloride which has antimicrobial properties, preventing the growth of odor-causing bacteria and fungi at the source. Polygiene® silver salt technology is only active on the textiles itself. Polygiene® is not nanosilver.

Sweat is natural and odorless but mixed with textiles it creates a moist and warm environment which is ideal for odor causing bacteria to multiply and grow. Polygiene® silver salt technology is only active on the textiles itself and is not a nanosilver. Using Polygiene® helps to reduce garment washing which helps our products last longer as well as conserving water – it’s a win, win!


PACKAGING 

We have been doing a lot of work, reviewing our packaging in a mission to change to more sustainable options. 

One of the biggest challenges facing businesses like ours is the use of plastic poly-bags. These are the plastic bags that each garment is wrapped in from our suppliers and how they arrive to our warehouse. The poly-bags are necessary for protecting the garments during transit and while in the warehouse from dirt and moisture. We have been able to halve our single use plastic in this area of our business by reducing the size of our poly-bags just by asking out suppliers to fold the garments slightly differently. 

We encourage our customers and stores to recycle these bags with local supermarkets through REDcycle.

We understand this is still not a perfect solution, so we will continue to research how we can improve in this area as well. 

All our swing tags on each product are made from recycled card. Our tissue paper & small card shopping bags are made from sustainable wood pulp, verified by the Australian packaging covenant.


LOGISTICS

A major and often overlooked environmental impact of the apparel industry is transport. Due to overseas manufacturing we must transport our finished products to our Brisbane based warehouse. We transport 95% of our product by sea rather than air as it has a significantly lower carbon footprint. 

We choose to manufacture overseas for a few reasons; firstly, our makers and fabric mills are market leaders in technical garments. This kind of technology does not currently exist within Australian factories to bring you the highest quality product we must source off-shore. 

In addition to this we know that the fastest way to reduce environmental impact is to reduce consumption, that is why we work to build products that will last. The less often you have to buy, the less impact you will have on our planet. 


If you’d like any further detail on any of the above topics, please email customerservice@sqdathletica.com.