Underworks Sustainability

Mission 2022

The world is changing, and we are listening. At Underworks, we consider it our responsibility to reduce our impact on the planet and provide our customers with more earth-conscious products. Being more thoughtful with our material sourcing is just the start and we’re committed to evolving sustainable practises in everything we do. We’re not entirely there yet but we’re well on our way!

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Change
for Good

Our promise is to make high quality apparel at an everyday value price. All of our products are created thoughtfully and with respect for the people who make them. That hasn’t changed since we opened our doors in 1999 and it never will.

The shift to more sustainably sourced products is a journey for us and we are rolling out new practices in more and more products every day. While most of our products are already created with thoughtful materials and packaging, some are sourced more sustainably than others. These can be easily identified by the addition of a green Sustainable and Ethical stamp.

  • What does that mean? To qualify for a Green Stamp we review our products on the following criteria:
  • The product is either made with recycled material or has been sourced through sustainable initiatives.
  • The paper label is sourced through the Forest Stewardship Council.
  • At least 90% of paper packaging must be recyclable and contain no film or coating that prevents that.
  • Any unnecessary single-use plastic in the product or packaging has been reduced or removed.
  • This product, like ALL of our products, is made responsibly in ethical environments that meet fair work standards.

At Underworks, we are committed to defending our planet and protecting the people who live here. Our products are manufactured under ethical working conditions and our mission is to use sustainably sourced materials in all of our products and packaging by 2022.

Putting
people first

We believe fiercely that all people deserve to be respected at work, paid appropriately and treated humanely... and we always have.

We value and respect humanity. Our workplaces in Australia and China are audited for ethical and safe work practices and they have been for 20 years. We have a zero-tolerance policy for child labour and hold our manufacturers to very strict standards regarding award wages, overtime payments and providing a safe and humane place to work.

This is What
We’re made of

  • Making a difference with Better Cotton

  • Responsibly harvested paper labels for our products

  • Australian Packaging Covenant

‘As a business and a brand we are deeply committed to evolving our practices to become the sustainable choice for all Australians.’

Founder and CEO – Sam Todaro

10,224
pairs pledged.

As part of our commitment to reducing landfill and supporting our community, Underworks donates unused products to a variety of charity partners who distribute to people experiencing financial difficulty, homelessness or displacement.

Socks and undergarments are among the least donated, but highest demand items for people experiencing homelessness, displacement or financial hardship in Australia. It makes sense when you think about it - who would want to donate their old socks? At Underworks, we intend to change that, fast. We have developed a program to provide a steady supply of brand new socks to those who need them most.

#IGIVEASOCK

The Underworks #igiveasock program creates custom-made socks that go directly to those living rough in the wintertime, free of charge and we’re very proud to be extending this program in 2020 and beyond. We proudly support community and charitable organisations through product donations, financial contributions, research partnerships and raising awareness.

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In our experience of working on the streets of our City, we have seen an increasing number of people with serious foot diseases, and worse, we have seen people lose their feet, and in some cases lose their lives, all because people cannot access clean socks.

Major Brendan Nottle, The Salvation Army

How can you play your part?

  • Look for the badge

    Look for the icon on selected Underworks products and make a more sustainable choice.

  • Shop sustainable

    When shopping for consumable items, consider purchasing from brands that are working towards a more sustainable future - there’s heaps!

  • Recycle

    Recycle packaging responsibly by following the guides on the label.

  • Donate

    Donate items in good condition to charity, pass on to a friend or consider clever ways to upcycle the items you don’t need anymore (Read More).

  • Dispose thoughtfully

    Dispose thoughtfully, where possible utilise textile recycling programs (Read More).

  • Care for garments

    Buy longer wearing products (just like ours), keep them longer and avoid replacing things you don’t need to.

Got ideas?
We’re all ears!

We’re nowhere near finished on our journey and we understand that many of our classmates have great procedures and partnerships in place already. If you or someone you know has a recommendation that will help us do better for people and planet, we welcome your feedback below.

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