Rating: Good

Price: $ $ $ $

Location: Australia

SPELL, a brand that focuses on sustainability, has received a “Good” rating in our “Planet” evaluation. This rating assesses the brand’s environmental policies in its supply chains, taking into account factors such as carbon emissions, wastewater management, business models, and product circularity.

One of the reasons SPELL received a good score is because it uses a medium proportion of lower-impact materials, including organic cotton. By using these materials, SPELL helps limit the use of chemicals, water, and wastewater in its supply chain. This commitment to using low impact materials is a positive step towards reducing its environmental footprint.

In addition to using lower-impact materials, SPELL also takes measures to minimize waste. The brand reuses some of its textile offcuts, ensuring that materials are not unnecessarily discarded. This waste reduction strategy is essential for a sustainable and circular approach to production.

When it comes to workers’ rights, SPELL also receives a “Good” rating in our “People” evaluation. This rating focuses on the brand’s policies and practices regarding issues such as child labor, living wages, and gender equality.

To ensure workers’ rights are protected, much of SPELL’s supply chain is certified by reputable organizations such as the Business Social Compliance Initiative Code of Conduct (BSCI), the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) for organic cotton, the Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA) Best Practice Guidance, the Social Accountability International (SA8000), the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) Guarantee System, and the Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP).

In addition, SPELL’s Code of Conduct covers the International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Four Fundamental Freedoms principles, ensuring that workers’ rights are upheld throughout its supply chain. However, it is not clear if the brand ensures that workers are paid living wages.

In terms of animal welfare, SPELL receives a rating of “It’s a Start” in our “Animals” evaluation. While the brand does appear to use animal-derived materials such as leather, exotic animal hair, silk, and pearls, it does not use down, fur, angora, or exotic animal skins. Some of the wool sourced by SPELL is certified by the Responsible Wool Standard, indicating a commitment to responsible sourcing practices.

Based on all publicly available information that we have reviewed, SPELL receives a “Good” rating overall. The brand’s commitment to using lower-impact materials, minimizing waste, and ensuring workers’ rights is commendable. While there is room for improvement, SPELL’s efforts towards sustainability and ethical practices make it a brand worth supporting.

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