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Scotch & Soda started in 1985 with a menswear collection in Amsterdam. The brand has since grown into an international brand with more than 247 shops worldwide. Gradually, the Dutch brand also started designing women's and children's collections.

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Scotch & Soda works with a large number of producers across 14 different countries, including China, India, Turkey and Bangladesh. To ensure that all these manufacturing partners produce ethically, Scotch & Soda is a member of Amfori BSCI. This is an organisation that helps companies build an ethical and transparent supply chain. Any producer who joins has to agree to the code of conduct. In doing so, the companies have to comply with social standards, and are also audited on this.

Scotch & Soda says that more than 80% of all apparel producers in their supply chain comply with these social regulations. The brand still wants to map this out for other parts of the supply chain, such as textile producers.


In addition, Scotch & Soda also works with organic cotton that has been certified by GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard). GOTS checks the production of organic cotton not only for environmental standards but also for good working conditions. This is also the case with the BCI cotton used, where you can be sure that production takes place in ethical working conditions.

Planet

Scotch & Soda has an extensive collection and therefore uses many different materials. The most commonly used material is cotton, with the brand using a range of organic, recycled and conventional cotton. The recycled cotton is often combined in a garment with conventional cotton for better quality.

Scotch & Soda, as mentioned before, uses partly GOTS certified organic cotton. This certificate sets high environmental and social conditions for the production of organic cotton. For example, no chemicals may be used, much less irrigation water is used in cultivation and the cotton is harvested by hand. The certificate also conducts checks at the factories themselves.

The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) sets less strict conditions in their certification. Here, however, certain chemicals may still be used in small quantities, and organic cotton may also be mixed with conventional cotton.

Scotch & Soda also uses non-sustainable materials in their collection. For example, they use polyester, nylon and elastane. The brand does take steps to reduce this, for instance, by 2024 they want at least 70% of all clothing to be made of at least half recycled and/or renewable materials.

Different types of viscose are also used in the collections. Viscose is a material made from wood pulp, usually from eucalyptus trees or beech. Scotch & Soda uses Ecovero, Tencel modal, Tencel lyocell and Refibra made by Lenzing, among others. This company confirms that all wood pulp has the FSC label and thus comes from sustainably managed forests (Forest Stewardship Council). In doing so, Lenzing also uses a closed-water-loop production system so no chemicals can be released.

Still, these materials are not entirely sustainable; Tencel, for example, came into disrepute due to the link between eucalyptus forests and forest fires in southern Europe.

Circular

A brand's circularity largely depends on the materials they use in their products. Scotch & Soda often uses one type of material in a garment, also known as a mono-material. This makes it easier for the garment to be recycled after use. Garments made from a combination of different materials are more difficult to recycle because the materials have to be separated from each other first.

In addition, Scotch & Soda also wants to incorporate circular principles into their business model. That is why they are setting up a repair service in Amsterdam in collaboration with Makers Unite. Here, you can hand in damaged jeans to be repaired. This way, you extend the life of your jeans and they are less likely to end up in landfills.

Short chain

Scotch & Soda has a long supply chain as the brand works with a large number of manufacturers. Production is spread around the world, which means your purchase unfortunately travels a long way to get to you. The brand does want more sustainable means of transport and therefore uses as little air travel as possible.

Animal

Scotch & Soda uses various materials of animal origin in their collections. To ensure that these materials are produced in an animal-friendly way, the brand has drawn up a code of conduct. This code of conduct is based on the basic principles of The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH).

A big part of the animal materials used is sheep's wool. Scotch & Soda only use mulesing-free wool. Mulesing is the cutting away of skin from the sheep to prevent parasite infections. Unfortunately, this is often done unanaesthetised and is therefore very animal-unfriendly. A small proportion of Scotch & Soda's wool is certified by the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) label.

The Dutch brand also uses leather in their designs. All leather used in the collection originated as co-products of the meat industry. In this way, Scotch & Soda wants to prevent animals from dying for their skin alone.


The brand has also banned several materials from their collection to prevent animal suffering. For example, fur, angora wool, feathers and exotic animal species are not used. The brand also does not allow animal testing in their cosmetics line.

Slow fashion & Longevity

Scotch & Soda is a global fashion chain that unfortunately adheres to many elements related to fast fashion. For instance, the brand releases new collections regularly and also often holds sales or discount offers. The designs are modern and slightly on trend, although the brand also has a range of 'timeless essentials'. Scotch & Soda makes modern clothing for women, men and children, including several unisex designs.

To keep your clothes looking great for longer, the brand provides extensive care instructions on the label. These washing and care instructions help you care for your purchase in a sustainable way.


Finally, the brand is exploring opportunities to offer a repair service. For now, there is a repair service only in Amsterdam, in collaboration with Makers Unite. There, you can bring in your damaged jeans for repair.

Transparency

Scotch & Soda is working on their sustainability and with that, the transparency of their production processes. The brand disclosed a list of all their tier 1 and 2 producers. These are all manufacturers and suppliers responsible for the final stages of the production process. Scotch & Soda plans to disclose the rest of their suppliers in the future.


Moreover, the brand publishes an annual sustainability report in which they share information on the materials they use, ethical and ecological measures they take and the company's calculated CO2 emissions.

We can conclude that Scotch & Soda is working on their sustainability, but still has a way to go. The brand is aware that they need to use more sustainable materials and is also working towards a more transparent and ethical supply chain. These are steps that COSH welcomes!

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