Outland Denim is going 100 per cent leather-free as it transitions all leather patches to jacron paper. This is stated in its first annual sustainability report which covers the period June 2019 – July 2020. The report details the company’s social, environmental, and economic achievements from the past 12 months, and also outlines goals for the future.

The report states that 85 per cent of formerly at-risk Cambodian staff is now at a reduced level of risk to exploitation after six months of employment at Outland Denim.

The report also highlights the company’s strategy regarding Reveal of Maeka, a proprietary technology to expand and transform the fashion industry through manufacturing for socially conscious brands.

The company is now using up to 86 per cent less water, 57 per cent less energy, and 83 per cent less chemicals in its Wash and Finishing facility compared to conventional methods. In addition, it used 93 per cent natural raw materials in the past 12 months, the report says and adds that 250-kilogram biodegradable cassava bags have replaced plastic poly bags for international transport of garments.

The company has achieved 94 per cent direct supply chain traceability meeting strict social and environmental criteria, launched the most sustainable vintage-look denim on the market, and impacted 750 people, including staff and household members, by stable employment. It has also launched Outland Denim onsite Health Clinic and Education Centre.

“At Outland Denim Freedom is our DNA. We hope you read this report and have hope that despite the challenges COVID-19 has presented to the world, purpose-driven-business that puts people and the planet first is the way forward,” said Outland Denim founding CEO James Bartle.