Merry People, a brand dedicated to sustainability, has been rated “Not Good Enough” in our “Planet” rating. This rating evaluates brands based on their environmental policies in their supply chains. While Merry People uses some lower-impact materials, there is no evidence that it is taking meaningful action to reduce or eliminate hazardous chemicals in its manufacturing processes. Similarly, there is no evidence of Merry People making significant efforts to reduce water use, despite the importance of such actions in sustainable practices.
In terms of textile waste, Merry People donates unsold products to charity, but there is no evidence of the brand minimizing textile waste in its supply chain. This is an area where Merry People can improve its sustainability efforts and work towards a more circular and responsible approach to its products.
Merry People’s “People” rating, which assesses brands’ policies and practices concerning workers’ rights, has also been rated “Not Good Enough”. While Merry People does partly trace its supply chain, including the final production stage, it is concerning that the brand sources its final production stage from countries with extreme risks of labor abuse.
Another area that requires improvement is the lack of evidence of a Code of Conduct. Establishing a Code of Conduct ensures clear guidelines and expectations for suppliers and contractors, promoting fair and ethical practices throughout the supply chain. Moreover, it is not clear if Merry People ensures that workers in its supply chain are paid living wages. This is crucial in ensuring fair and equitable working conditions for all individuals involved in the production process.
The “Animals” rating focuses on brands’ animal welfare policies and how well they trace their animal-derived products. In this aspect, Merry People has been rated “Good”. The brand is recognized for sourcing wool certified by the Responsible Wool Standard, demonstrating its commitment to ensuring the welfare of animals involved in its supply chain.
Additionally, Merry People does not appear to use materials such as leather, down, fur, angora, exotic animal skin, or exotic animal hair in its products. This contributes to the brand’s positive rating in the “Animals” category.
Based on all the publicly available information we have reviewed, Merry People has received an overall rating of “It’s a Start”. While the brand has received a positive rating in the “Animals” category for its animal welfare practices, there are areas in its environmental policies and workers’ rights where significant improvements are required.
Merry People has the opportunity to enhance its sustainability efforts by taking meaningful action to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals in its manufacturing processes and implementing measures to minimize water usage. Furthermore, the brand should prioritize establishing a Code of Conduct and ensuring that workers in its supply chain receive living wages.
By addressing these areas of improvement, Merry People can progress towards a more sustainable and ethical business model, contributing to a better world for the planet, people, and animals.