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Our Vision

Our sustainability journey began over
50 years ago when Sheridan was founded by passionate environmentalist, Claudio Alcorso.

Our enduring reputation for quality was founded on his belief that products must be designed to last, and last beautifully. We have a clear purpose. We’re actively working towards reducing the environmental impact in everything we do. We are making Sheridan synonymous with sustainability. We are designing a better tomorrow.

Our Goals

We recognise that sustainability is a journey that requires commitment, innovation and ongoing investment.

Every day, we are asking every part of our organisation to find better, more sustainable ways of working. Our 2025 and 2030 goals are a map to a better tomorrow. Together with our global HanesBrands family, we’re working to achieve our new set of long term goals.

OUR PEOPLE

OUR PEOPLE

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Globally, we’re aiming to improve the lives of at least ten million people by 2030. We will do so by:

• Supporting our global employee base, including those of our suppliers, through health and wellness, education, diversity and inclusion

• Leading our industry in ethical sourcing practices and remaining committed to human rights and responsible sourcing

• Supporting Australians at risk of, or experiencing, homelessness by donating sleep kits through our SleepSafe initiative

OUR PLANET

OUR PLANET

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As part of HanesBrands, we have signed the Science-Based Targets Call-to-Action Commitment Letter and will develop science-based targets by 2022. As such, together with our global HanesBrands family we will:

EMISSIONS

• Continue to drive greenhouse gas reductions in our owned and key-supplier facilities, which we currently project will require an absolute Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction of at least an additional 25% by 2030 to meet science-based targets.

• Continue to drive energy use reductions in our owned and key-supplier facilities, which we currently project will require us to reduce energy use at least an additional 25% by 2030 to meet science-based targets.

• Aim to achieve 100% renewable electricity in our owned operations by 2030.

WATER

• We aim to reduce water use by an additional 25% by 2030, off a 2019 baseline

WASTE

• We aim to achieve zero waste across our operations by 2025 and support key suppliers to do the same

OUR PRODUCT

OUR PRODUCT

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MATERIALS

We’re working towards using 100% sustainably sourced cotton across all our products by 2025

By 2025, we’re aiming for every new Sheridan product to be designed to consider end-of-life

PACKAGING

We are working towards 100% of our packaging being reusable or recyclable, and are aiming to reduce and eliminate single-use plastics in our product packaging

We aim to reduce the weight of our product packaging by 25% by 2025, off a 2019 baseline

We’re working towards all Sheridan packaging including the Australasian Recycling Label by 2022

Our Quality

Our Quality

The essence of sustainability is products that last a lifetime, and that is what Sheridan delivers.

Our testing standards exceed the international benchmark and we are ISO9001 compliant across our business, ensuring we meet the needs of our customers, while meeting statutory and regulatory requirements related to our products.

Our quality control headquarters is in South Australia. The expert team is managed by Yvonne Carbone, who’s been testing Sheridan products for over 40 years. No product leaves the technical lab without the team’s stamp of approval. For us, quality and sustainability go hand in hand.

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Designing a better tomorrow

We are challenging ourselves to use more sustainable fibres and packaging, and to be more responsible in our production processes.

Design & materials

Design & materials

Our product range is an experience in sustainable luxury. Each towel, sheet or homewares product is a testament to our ongoing quest to, ultimately, ensure sustainability across every product that bears our logo.

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  • GOTS Certified Organic Cotton

    GOTS Certified Organic Cotton

    We’re striving to ensure as many of our organic cotton products as possible carry the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) certification, the leading certification worldwide. Our first GOTS certified organic product launched in Summer ‘18, and now we have these products in four of our six core categories including bed linen, bath, loungewear and baby.

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    GOTS Certified Organic Cotton

  • TENCEL™ Lyocell Fibres   

    TENCEL™ Lyocell Fibres

     

    Accountability is an important factor in designing our products. TENCEL™ Lyocell is an innovative cellulosic fibre that is made from wood pulp. We first introduced TENCEL™ Lyocell fibres into our product range in 2016. Four years on, the renewable fibre is available in five of our six product categories, including bed linen, bed accessories, bathe, loungewear and baby.

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  • Australian Wool

    Australian Wool

    Our Deluxe Australian Wool Quilt Collection is crafted in Australia from Australian wool, supporting the efforts of our local wool farming communities. Wool is a 100% natural fibre that is renewable.

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  • Recycled Materials

    Recycled Materials

    We are increasing the use of recycled materials in our collections, and have manufactured products using recycled cotton, wool and polyester. These fibres are available in our bed linen, blanket, homewares and baby collections.

Packaging

Packaging

We are continually making our packaging more sustainable, and are working towards all of our products being free of unnecessary packaging by 2025.

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  • Self Bags

    Self Bags

    We are transitioning to packaging that is reusable or recyclable. This includes self-fabric bags that can be reused for storage or travel. When you have finished using them, these bags can also be returned to any Sheridan store as part of our textile recycling program.

  • Reduced PVC & Cardboard

    Reduced PVC & Cardboard

    We are well on the journey of eliminating packaging made from PVC and replacing it with either reusable self-fabric bags or LDPE plastic, which is recyclable through REDcycle. To date, we have removed more than 20 tonnes of PVC per annum from our business. We have also substantially reduced the cardboard labelling component on our bath and beach products. During 2020, this resulted in over 18 tonnes of cardboard being removed from the business.

    Our online orders now arrive on doorsteps in recyclable cartons or in shipping satchels made from 90% post-consumer waste plastic. They feature the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL) logo.

  • ARL & REDcycle

    ARL & REDcycle

    98% of our products across all Boutique and Outlet stores now bear the Australasian Recycling Label (ARL). These labels educate consumers on how the packaging can be recycled.

    Our PVC packaging has been replaced with a REDcycle-compliant soft plastic (LDPE), which can be easily recycled by placing them in a REDcycle bin, located at major supermarkets nation-wide.

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  • APCO

    APCO

    Sheridan is an active member of the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation and with their help, we’re taking conscious steps towards reducing and improving our packaging footprint.

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Closing the loop

Closing the loop

We are developing new thinking about our product lifecycles and designing with end-of-life in mind to ensure more of our products can be recycled or reused, minimising the potential waste going directly to landfill.

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  • Recycling Program

    Recycling Program

    In 2019, we implemented a recycling program into all Sheridan Boutique and Outlet stores in Australia. Customers can bring their pre-loved bed linen and towels (of any brand) into a collection point in store. They are then collected by a third party and sent to one of our partner factories who are certified to the Global Recycling Standard (GRS) to covert the donations into recycled fibres. The majority of materials collected through our program are cotton which are suitable for conversion to recycled yarn that can be repurposed into new products. Other donated materials which are not suitable for conversion to yarn are able to be used in non-woven products in other industries, such as insulation. As of December 2020, we have diverted 25,500kgs of textile waste from landfill.

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  • Waverley Blankets

    Waverley Blankets

    We’ve partnered with Australia’s oldest working textile mill, Waverley Mills, to produce a luxury blanket collection, where over 80% of the raw material is repurposed Sheridan cotton towels and recycled Australian wool.

    The repurposed towels used in the process are a combination of customer returns and testing samples, while the recycled wool fibre is made up of predominantly merino wool shearing waste, unused wool fibre and factory off-cuts.

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  • ReTHREAD

    ReTHREAD

    In 2019, we launched the reTHREAD Collection, which includes a tea towel and apron, both crafted from 100% recycled cotton and recycled polyester yarns. Similar colours are grouped together at the fabric collection phase to ensure minimal dye use.

  • Community Partners

    Community Partners

    For over 15 years, we’ve partnered with inspiring animal rescue and rehabilitation centres including Humbug Scrubs, Minton Farm and Monarto Safari Park, who reuse our fabrics when caring for animals. Together with these organisations, we’ve been able to divert hundreds of kilos of textile waste from reaching landfill.

Community

Community

One of the things we are most proud of is the connection that our brand has built to a community made up of our people, suppliers and consumers. This connection has been built up over 50-plus years of delivering the very best quality into people’s homes and lives.

As a company and a community, what ties us together is our collective hope for a better future for everyone.

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  • SleepSafe

    SleepSafe

    In August 2019, we launched a national partnership with StreetSmart Australia, an organisation dedicated to raising vital funds and awareness for people experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, homelessness.

    The partnership, in the name of SleepSafe, sees every Sheridan store across the country involved in fundraising. With every $15 raised a set of sheets and a towel is provided (via StreetSmart) to a person without a safe and secure place to call home. In the first 12 months of the program, we raised over $150,000, equivalent to 10,000 sleep kits.


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    SleepSafe

  • Red Nose

    Red Nose

    We are the first official bed linen partner of Red Nose. As proud partners since 2014, we're always looking for ways to support newborns, new parents and family members, not only with quality bed linen and nursery essentials, but through safe sleeping education.

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  • GIVIT

    GIVIT

    We partner with GIVIT, a national not-for-profit that aims to alleviate poverty and to help people in times of crisis. Our role involves donating towels and sheets in times of need, including bushfire, flood and cyclone relief. Since 2017, we have donated almost 7,000 products with an RRP value of $750,000.

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Ethical in Everything

Ethical in Everything

From the inside out, Sheridan aims to be ethical.
In everything. We hold ourselves to the highest possible ethical standards and we are building a culture of transparency across our business.

We have a strong commitment to treating our employees fairly and with dignity and respect, and we hold every one of our suppliers accountable to this same standard.

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  • Baptist World Aid

    Baptist World Aid

    In 2019, Sheridan was recognised for its commitment to putting the planet and its people first by achieving grade A in the 2019 Ethical Fashion Report by Baptist World Aid Australia (BWA).

    We are also proud to be recognised in the top tier of Baptist World Aid’s 2020 COVID Fashion Report for supporting our garment workers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Supply Chain

    Supply Chain

    Each of our facilities must undergo a social compliance assessment before production begins, and then with ongoing annual assessments. To ensure accuracy and integrity, the initial and annual assessments are conducted by third-party auditors who measure the facilities’ performance using a detailed, scored set of criteria.

    Our compliance program goal is to work with facilities to drive continuous improvement, but we will stop doing business with a factory if they fail to correct deficiencies in a timely manner or if “zero-tolerance” issues are discovered such as child labour, forced labor, sexual or physical harassment or abuse, or attempted bribery of an auditor.

  • Animal Welfare

    Animal Welfare

    We are committed to ensuring the highest standards of animal welfare are adhered to in our supply chain. When animal products are used, we expect our suppliers to treat animals in a humane manner, which includes provision of appropriate comfort, shelter and freedom from distress or hunger. When sourcing feather and down, our partners must take reasonable steps to ensure the down and feathers used are a by-product of the food chain. Feather or down by live plucking is not permitted.

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