DONATING ALL PROFITS ON THE SHOALHAVEN HAT TO THE AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRE CRISIS
DONATING ALL PROFITS ON THE SHOALHAVEN HAT TO THE AUSTRALIAN BUSHFIRE CRISIS

SUSTAINABILITY & ETHICS

Our Sustainable Journey

Hansen & Gretel is acutely aware of the impact our industry has on our planet and it’s people. We are passionately committed to driving change and believe in conscious creation. We strive to deliver collections that pioneer sustainability and we make a concerted effort to integrate sustainable practices in every aspect of our business — not only in regards to materials and production, but also our day-to-day operational mindset and business structure. We are honest in saying that from the earliest discussions to now, we have been on a very humbling and educational journey to understand our shortcomings as a brand, to initiate immediate change and to set long term goals. The duty to mitigate our environmental impact and initiate positive social change grows in importance every day.

We strongly focus on using natural fibres wherever possible and are proud to be utilising environmentally accredited fabrications such as Tencel, FSC Viscose, Linen, Organic cotton and Recycled Polyester linings within our ranges. We strive to consciously create “forever” pieces for our customers and to design and manufacture within the seven parameters that Green Strategy have devised to define sustainable fashion.We do not hold warehouses of excess stock and endeavour to create minimal waste with every collection by working closely with our factories. We source fabrics with the OKEO-TEX Certification and avoid harmful dyeing methods. We chose to avoid placement prints which create vast amounts of fabric wastage, instead producing garments with repeating prints, making each of our garments a one-of-a-kind Hansen & Gretel piece.

We are passionate about limiting our use of single use plastics in the entire production cycle. We began using biodegradable plastic in 2018 and in 2020 we aim to eliminate the use of plastic all together by implementing canvas garment bags for our stock to be delivered in. Our online orders are packaged using only 100% recycled and biodegradable materials.

Our Policy

As a reputable and trusted business committed to offering its customers high quality products, Hansen & Gretel recognises its obligation to ensure that suppliers are operating ethically. Hansen & Gretel works with a few handpicked expert factories in Shanghai, Guangzhou China and Hong Kong. Each factory is employed for its’ own specialty, and has been vetted for fair working conditions, and wages. The designer visit’s all factories biannually and only work’s with facilities that she has personally vetted and inspected. We expect our suppliers to consistently provide an environment which protects their employees’ health and safety and basic human rights.

All suppliers are expected to comply with their national employment laws and regulations with particular regard to:

  • Minimum age of employment
  • Freely chosen employment
  • Health and safety
  • Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
  • No discrimination
  • No harsh or inhumane treatment
  • Working hours
  • Rates of pay

Terms of employment

Hansen & Gretel will never knowingly source stock from countries which are in breach of the above principles. We also look to our suppliers to instil these principles when dealing with their own supplier base.

Because of the sometimes complex nature of our suppliers’ supply chain, it is not always possible to monitor and control the conditions of each individual involved in the production of our products. However, as Hansen & Gretel continues to grow it recognises the importance of being proactive and doing everything within its power to support the rights of those involved in the manufacture of its goods.

For more information on our practices and progress, please contact

[email protected].

We thank you for your support in our journey towards sustainable, conscious creation.