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ELLE EVANS HAS BEEN JUST APPROVED™ JUST SYMBOL - BLACK FOR ATHLETIC WEAR

THE PROS:

Elle Evans states that its entire production is done in house by the designer and one other seamstress.

Elle Evans uses Econyl branded fabric. The raw materials for the brand’s fabric come from nylon waste including post-consumer waste like fishing nets, fabrics and fluff from carpet flooring. This waste is then regenerated at a facility in Slovenia into a recycled nylon called Econyl.

The brand reports that its seamstress is paid by the hour, well above a living wage in Australia, works less than 5 hours at a time and stops for regular tea breaks (and to play with the studio cat, Louis).

THE CONS:

We don’t have any information on any corporate social responsibility initiatives the brand is a part of.

/ Elle Evans has 2 employees and hires all additional employees on a subcontractor basis.

/ The brand reports that it always designs with sustainability in mind, meaning if it can make a garment reversible and therefore add to it’s potential longevity it will. In the case of its activewear, the entire range can also be worn in the water.

/ The brand states that the number of suppliers it uses varies depending on season, but for the upcoming collection Castaway, Elle Evans has 4 suppliers (fabric, printing, labels, fastenings).

/ All Elle Evans’ manufacturing is done in house with the brand’s own team.

/ Elle Evans currently releases 4 collections annually: Women’s Swim, Womens active, (New) Teen, Kids.

/ The raw materials for the brand’s fabric come from nylon waste from different parts of the world that may include Canada (British Columbia), USA, Greece, Egypt, Pakistan, Turkey, Thailand and Norway. Sources of this waste include pre-consumer waste from production discards, industrial plastic components and oligomers, and post-consumer waste like fishing nets, fabrics and fluff from carpet flooring. This waste is then regenerated at a facility in Slovenia into a recycled nylon called Econyl.

/ The fabric Elle Evans uses is shipped to its supplier in Melbourne and is then sent to Digital Fabrics in NSW where it is printed using water-based, non-toxic inks.

/ The brand states its entire production is done in house by the designer and one other seamstress.

 

/ The brand reports that its seamstress is paid by the hour, well above a living wage in Australia, works less than 5 hours at a time and stops for regular tea breaks (and to play with the studio cat, Louis).

/ Elle Evans states that its entire production is done in house by the designer and one other seamstress.

/ Elle Evans tries to work with Australian companies where it can ensure they all meet the Fair Work standards.

/ Elle Evans Sales Director, Tanya Evans, states the following:

  • As we’re a small company, the code of conduct is not physically written but is certainly present. As Ellie heads all dealings with suppliers herself, she knows who she will and won’t deal with and why. She has never had the need to write them, but did not hesitate to pull me up when I made a suggestion that didn’t meet the requirements!

/ The brand states that currently, due to its small size, it can keep the number of suppliers it uses to a minimum to monitor all work and policies of those involved in the supply chain of Elle Evans products to ensure high standards are met. Elle Evans states that this will be a priority as the brand grows and all factors will be considered to remain as sustainable as possible in every step, and to maintain transparency throughout the supply chain.

/ Elle Evans uses Econyl branded fabric. The raw materials for the brand’s fabric come from nylon waste from different parts of the world that may include Canada (British Columbia), USA, Greece, Egypt, Pakistan, Turkey, Thailand and Norway. Sources of this waste include pre-consumer waste from production discards, industrial plastic components and oligomers, and post-consumer waste like fishing nets, fabrics and fluff from carpet flooring. This waste is then regenerated at a facility in Slovenia into a recycled nylon called Econyl.

/ Elle Evans avoids fastenings where possible (none at all in the last collection), this year one of the bikini tops has a clasp at the back and the brand reports that it specially sourced a PET plastic clasp that can be recycled at the end of the garments life.

/ Elle Evans’ orders are packaged in a gift bag made from excess cotton from a pre- swimwear collection. The brand states that it can also double as a beach bag.

/ The brand reports that its fabric is printed by Digital Fabrics in NSW using water-based, non-toxic inks.

/ Elle Evans garments are made to order to reduce waste.

/ The brand reports that currently, due to its small size, it can keep the number of suppliers it uses to a minimum to monitor all work and policies of those involved in the supply chain of Elle Evans products to ensure high standards are met. Elle Evans states that this will be a priority as the brand grows and all factors will be considered to remain as sustainable as possible in every step, and to maintain transparency throughout the supply chain.

 

/ We don’t have any information on any corporate social responsibility initiatives the brand is a part of.

 

/ The Elle Evans brand was founded in 2013 by Ellie Evans, and is run by Ellie Evans and her business partner Tanya Evans.

/ We don’t have any information on how much the CEO, Ellie Evans, made in the last financial year.

/ There are no reported management scandals or issues.

/ In the event of unavoidable wear, the brand offers a takeback service to ensure the suits are recycled correctly. Customer can contact Elle Evans to send back/drop off/collect.

/ Elle Evans designs its swimwear to produce the smallest amount of fabric wastage as possible.

/ The brand reports that styles are created in a way that can be cut from the fabric interlocking to reduce off cuts. Headbands have been included in the collection that make use of the offcuts that can’t be avoided.

/ In an interview with Lita Magazine in December 2015, Elle Evans stated that the Elle Evans Tiny collection, the brand’s childrenswear line, was created to use up the small amount of fabric left after producing the womenswear line.

/ Elle Evans garments are made to order to reduce waste.

VOICES

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ELLE EVANS, CO-FOUNDER | AS QUOTED BY SARAH SKYES IN GOOD ON YOU

I always ask – is this the right thing for the business and the world? It’s actually  a lot easier being sustainable from the beginning. I see these companies having to backtrack, to make themselves more sustainable. It’s difficult going back on practices that have been in place forever.” – 05/24/2016

I don’t want to get to that point where it’s so big you have this disconnect with the end product. Then you’re doing that same thing that the big companies are doing with clothing.” – 05/24/2016