Our “Planet” rating evaluates brands based on the environmental policies in their supply chains, from carbon emissions and wastewater to business models and product circularity. Here we rate Fanfare as “Great”. There are several factors influencing its score:
- It uses a high proportion of lower-impact materials, including organic cotton.
- It uses low-impact materials that help limit the chemicals, water, and wastewater in its supply chain.
- To minimize waste, it limits its production runs.
- It manufactures its products closer to home to reduce the climate impact of long-distance shipping.
- It uses recycled packaging.
In terms of environmental sustainability, Fanfare has made significant efforts to ensure that its supply chain is as eco-friendly as possible. By using a high proportion of lower-impact materials such as organic cotton, the brand reduces its overall environmental footprint. These materials require less water, chemicals, and generate less wastewater during production.
Furthermore, Fanfare actively limits its production runs in order to minimize waste. By producing only what is necessary, the brand avoids excess inventory and reduces the amount of materials that end up in landfills. In addition, manufacturing its products closer to home helps to reduce the climate impact of long-distance shipping. This means lower carbon emissions and less energy consumption during transportation.
Additionally, Fanfare uses recycled packaging, further reducing the need for new materials and minimizing waste. By reusing materials, the brand contributes to the circular economy where resources are kept in use for as long as possible.
Moving on to the “People” rating, which evaluates brands’ policies and practices concerning workers’ rights, Fanfare has been rated as “It’s a Start”. Several factors have influenced its score:
- Much of its supply chain is certified by the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) for organic cotton.
- Its Code of Conduct covers principles outlined by the International Labour Organization (ILO) Four Fundamental Freedoms.
- The brand traces most of its supply chain, ensuring transparency and accountability.
- Fanfare claims to ensure payment of a living wage in its supply chain, but does not provide a specific definition of a living wage.
Fanfare demonstrates a commitment to workers’ rights by using GOTS certified organic cotton in much of its supply chain. This certification ensures that the cotton has been produced in a manner that protects the well-being of both the workers and the environment.
The brand’s Code of Conduct covers the ILO Four Fundamental Freedoms principles, which include the prohibition of child labor, the right to collective bargaining, and the elimination of forced labor. This ensures that Fanfare’s supply chain operates in compliance with internationally recognized labor standards.
Moreover, Fanfare traces most of its supply chain, providing transparency and accountability. This allows the brand to identify any potential labor violations and take corrective actions where necessary.
While Fanfare claims to ensure payment of a living wage in its supply chain, it is important to note that they do not define what constitutes a living wage. This lack of clarity leaves room for interpretation and potential discrepancies between what workers are paid and what may be considered a fair wage.
In terms of animal welfare, Fanfare has been rated as “Good”. The brand demonstrates a commitment to using recycled materials and avoiding the use of certain animal-derived products:
- It appears to use recycled exotic animal hair and silk.
- It uses recycled wool in all of its wool products.
- It doesn’t appear to use leather, down, fur, angora, or exotic animal skin.
Fanfare’s commitment to using recycled materials helps to reduce the demand for new animal-derived products. By utilizing recycled exotic animal hair and silk, the brand avoids contributing to the exploitation of animals for their fur or silk production.
In addition, Fanfare ensures that all its wool products are made using recycled wool. This not only reduces the reliance on virgin wool but also promotes the reuse of existing materials, contributing to a more sustainable and circular approach to fashion.
Based on all publicly available information we’ve reviewed, we rate Fanfare as “Good” overall. The brand’s efforts in terms of environmental sustainability, workers’ rights, and animal welfare contribute to its positive rating. However, there is still room for improvement, particularly in providing more clarity on living wage definitions and further reducing the use of animal-derived materials.