Ethics and Sustainability

 

1. ETHOS

At Deiji Studios, sustainability and social conscience is considered integral to every facet of our company. We embrace slow fashion, releasing products only when we are 100% sure they are something we love and would have in our wardrobes for years to come.

We are not driven by trend or profit, we are driven by social purpose and the pursuit of an innate sense of style that defies age and time. In this model we believe our customers will have a product they can continue to work into their existing wardrobe for years to come.

 

2. RESPONSIBILITY

Since the beginning of Deiji Studios in 2016, sustainability and social conscience have been considered integral to every facet of our company. In 2020 we partnered with Carbon Positive Australia to offset our entire carbon usage, and since 2022 donations exceed the carbon used. Is it our mission to continue to offset all future carbon usage and work towards zero-waste in our manufacturing process, refining all design elements to be recycled and biodegradable.

We are a young business, and continue to learn and evolve, finding better practices and more efficient ways of doing this as we grow. Thank you for joining us as we learn to make a positive impact for a more sustainable future.

 

 

3. COMMITMENTS

 

1% FOR THE PLANET
We are now a proud member of 1% for the planet, which means we pledge 1% of our yearly sales revenue to non for profits. We will keep this page updated with news on who we are donating to and any stories relating to them.

 

HAWAII COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
The Hawaii Community Foundation creates a meaningful impact by aiding communities in Hawaii that need support. We initiated our partnership with the HCF in reaction to the destructive fires in Maui in August 2023, aiming to provide financial assistance where it's needed most.

 

WIRES WILDLIFE RESCUE
WIRES is dedicated to rescuing and nurturing sick, injured, and orphaned native animals, actively working towards the rehabilitation and preservation of Australian wildlife. During the Tambaroora bushfires and in the aftermath of the NSW floods, WIRES played a crucial role in providing on-ground assistance.

 

KARRKAD KANJDJI TRUST
The Karrkad Kanjdji Trust brings together Indigenous ranger groups, communities and philanthropists to address some of our nation’s most pressing issues. These include regenerating the natural environment, taking action on climate change, creating meaningful and equal employment opportunities and supporting the continuation of the world’s oldest living culture.

 

CARBON POSITIVE
We have had our business independently audited to assess our yearly carbon usage, and then purchased credits to offset these in their entirety. We support Carbon Positive Australia, who plant native trees in various locations in Australia which are protected for 25-100 years. We are committed to sharing knowledge and tools provided by Carbon Positive Australia to minimise our impacts on the planet.

 

SEED MOB
Seed Mob is a youth led Indigenous organisation standing strong to protect country, culture and communities from the causes and impacts of climate change. We started supporting Seed Mob in 2022.

 

THREAD TOGETHER
Thread Together donates samples, seconds, and end of line items with the mission to provide clothing to the increasing number of Australians do not have access to it.

According to Australian Council of Social Service Poverty & Inequality Report of 2019-20 one in eight people (including one in six children) are living below the poverty line. We believe that clothing performs a vital role in creating brighter futures for those who need it most, and we're proud to partner with Thread Together who provide clothing to over 2000 people in need every week.

 

HUMANE SOCIETY
Deiji Studios slides are made in accredited factories audited by WRAP and are by-products of other industries. 1% of all sales of our slides are donated to the Humane Society, an animal welfare and conservation organisation working in Australia and Internationally to protect our natural wildlife.

 

In the previous year we have supported the following: Worn for Good, NSW SES, Oz Harvest, GIVIT and Good360.

 

 

 

 

4. FABRICATION

Our collections are designed with a growing list of natural and sustainable fibres including GOTS and OEKO-Tex certified French Linen, GOTS Cotton, Organic Hemp and GOTS Cotton Jersey, Recycled Polyester, Ecovero Viscose, RWS Certified Wool, and Tencel.

These fabrics are 100% biodegradable or recycled.

 

LINEN

Our linen is 100% certified organic by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), free from harmful chemicals and 100% certified by OEKO-TEX Standard 100. European Flax Certification ensures complete traceability, meeting EU Eco Label Certification and traceability from seed to dispatch, guaranteeing premium quality linen grown in France. European Flax produces zero waste as the whole plant is used and is grown without the use of fertilisers or pesticides, using just rainwater, requiring no additional irrigation and resulting in low water consumption. According to a report by the Institute for Water Education (IWE) of UNESCO, producing 1 kg of flax fibres requires roughly three times less water, compared to cotton fibres. Breathable, hypoallergenic and environmentally friendly, we are devoted to bringing you our signature wears in this fabric for time to come.

 

GOTS COTTON

Our cotton is 100% certified organic by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) to minimise environmental impact, foster a safer working environment, and promote biodiversity. According to Textile Exchange's 2021 Organic Cotton report, organic agricultural practices enhance soil carbon, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower the risk of groundwater pollution by prohibiting the use of chemicals, and save energy by avoiding the use and manufacturing of synthetic inputs. Well-managed organic systems retain more water compared to conventionally managed soil. Globally, 80 percent of organic cotton is cultivated in rainfed conditions, preserving natural water sources rather than relying on irrigation. Light, breathable and durable, our organic cotton poplin stands as a collection staple, loved by us and our community.

 

ORGANIC HEMP /GOTS COTTON JERSEY

Hemp /GOTS Cotton Jersey was introduced into Deiji Studios collections in July 2021. Cultivated in the mountains of Northern China, hemp requires little land and water to grow whilst yielding large amounts of fibre with zero waste. Hemp is naturally pest resistant so requires little to no use of pesticide or fertiliser. Hemp crops have positive effects on the diversity of agricultural ecosystems and landscapes, requiring no irrigation, helping to renew the soil and capture CO2, offering a welcomed pause for the quality of the soil. Breathable, cooling, strong, antibacterial, and hypoallergenic, rest comfortably in Deiji Studios jersey.

 

RWS WOOL

The Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) is an industry tool designed to recognise the best practices of farmers, with the aim of improving sheep welfare and preserving land health. An RWS certification ensure from farm to the final product that animal welfare, progressive land management, and social welfare standards have been met, with credible auditing in each stage of the supply chain.

 

ECOVERO VISCOSE

Derived from sustainably sourced wood pulp, Ecovero Viscose is produced with up to 50% lower water impact and carbon emissions compared to generic viscose, and is certified biodegradable and compostable. Our Ecovero Viscose garments are lightweight, soft and durable, for comfort and wearability. 

 

TENCEL

Tencel is produced from sustainably sourced wood pulp, through environmentally responsible processes designed to be self-sufficient in energy, and recover co-products of the wood. Certified biodegradable and compostable, Tencel can entirely revert back to nature at the end of its life. Naturally soft, absorbent and durable, our Tencel garments are gentle to the skin with an understated lustre.

 

CORDUROY

Our corduroy is made from a luxuriously soft 100% cotton with a plush ribbed pile and subtle lustre. Naturally breathable and ultimately biodegradable, this velvety material gently drapes in durable styles to wear with ease out of the home. Our cord styles are designed to last and soften with time.

 

ORGANIC SEERSUCKER

Our seersucker is light-weight and gentle to the touch, effortlessly breathable in 100% GOTS certified organic cotton with an alluring softly puckered texture.

 

RECYCLED POLYESTER

Integrated into our knitwear and quilted styles, all polyester is 100% post-consumer recycled and GRS certified. The Global Recycled Standard (GRS) is an international certification that establishes requirements for third-party verification in the production of items using recycled materials, with the goal of minimising adverse social, environmental, and chemical effects.

 

SHEARLING AND LEATHER

The Deiji Studios shearling slides are made from 100% Mongolian shearling (sheep) made in an accredited factory, audited by WRAP. All other Deiji Studios slides are made from Australian sheep wool, and leather and are a by-product of other industries. Our leather factory is accredited and audited by WRAP. Our shearling and leather factories are committed to the Five Animal Freedoms and have signed our Animal Welfare Policy. We will never allow the use of exotic skins or threatened species. 1% of all sales of our slides are donated to the Humane Society.

 

OTHER MATERIALS

Deiji Studios currently use plastic button closures on garments. All sewn in garment tags are composed of recycled polyester or cotton and all garment elastic is composed of polyester. Swing tags are composed of recycled paper meeting the GRS standard. Deiji Studios aims to replace all plastic buttons with Corozo, a 100% natural and sustainable button made from corn-starch and all elastane will be replaced with recycled polyester elastic.

 

 

5. MANUFACTURING

We consciously manufacture our product in China, and last visited our factories in December 2023.


We are committed to working together with our factories and motivating them to enrich the lives of those who work on our garments, and their local communities. It is of utmost importance to us that all workers are ensured a fair living wage, good working conditions and hours. We acknowledge that the wage received for a standard workweek by any worker is enough to allow a decent living standard for them and their family. This should cover costs of food, water, accommodation, education, medical care, clothing, transport, and any other essential needs. We care about them on a personal level and their health, wealth and happiness matters to us.


On a visit in 2019 we learnt many women are forced to move from their hometowns into the city to find work, leaving their children behind with grandparents. This broke our hearts - as mothers we understood the gravity of this decision. We then began to work with one of our factories to set up in rural China, assisting in keeping families together at home.


As the environment and our impact is of such importance to us, we visit the China based factories to ensure that this core value is being respected in the production of our garments. Our linen is softened by being washed with natural pumice stones, and all wastewater is recycled and disposed of in ways that minimise environmental impact. The local government has recently raised its standard codes of practice also, meaning all factories must comply with these or they are shut down. We do not use any harmful AZO dyes in any of our fabrics.

All of our scrap fabric is gathered in bundles and recycled or donated to local craftspeople, who use them to weave blankets and rugs.

Our factories have signed our EnvironmentalAnimal Welfare and Social Policies.

As part of our commitment to a cleaner future, we choose to send the bulk of our collections by sea freight over air transportation for our shipments from China, significantly reducing our carbon footprint. Sea freight emits 47 times less greenhouse gases per ton per mile compared to long-haul flights and contributes to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly supply chain.

 

 

6. MODERN SLAVERY STATEMENT

Protecting the rights and well-being of the people in our supply chain is of upmost importance to Deiji Studios. We are committed to ensuring good labour standards and the protection of human rights for any person employed as a result of Deiji Studios business. This includes all employees receiving fair wages, proper compensation and work under pre-approved conditions. We do not condone Modern Slavery in any form, including the use of violence, deceit, threat or coercion to recruit workers into forced or bonded labour, descent-based labour, child labour or any behaviour that undermines the freedoms or rights of a human being.

 

7. BIODEGRADABLE AND RECYCLED PACKAGING

In place of conventional plastic, all product arrives at our warehouse in PBAT packaging made from renewable resources such as sugar cane and cornstarch, designed to be both biodegradable and home compostable. We use recycled paper for our postcards, invoices, and swing tags, which are tied to garments using natural cotton rope, eliminating the need for unnecessary safety pins. Our orders are then packed and dispatched in recycled plastic mailer satchels, made from recovered ocean plastic pollution. 

 

 

8. BYRON BAY WAREHOUSE

We aim to minimise the use of unnecessary electricity in our warehouse, generally allowing it to naturally heat and cool (with the exception of extreme temperature days where our staff require basic heating and cooling for comfort).

We use recycled/environmentally friendly products within our warehouse and offices and use these sparingly. We use recycled paper in our postcards, invoices, and swing tags.

Any waste we generate is consciously disposed of, recycled, reused or gifted where possible.

 

9. FUTURE

Is it our mission to continue to offset all future carbon usage and work towards zero-waste in our manufacturing process, refining all design elements to be recycled and biodegradable.

We will continue to learn and evolve our practises for this new world with accountability and openness. Please get in contact if you have any suggestions for us to better our product, process or service. We welcome your feedback.