Green Hip is a proud Australian company with our Head Office based in Manifold Heights just a jump and a skip away from Geelong. In a journey to become as sustainable as possible we focus on the following areas to guide our approach:
Sustainable Sourcing of Raw Materials
Social Development Priorities
Health and Wellness for Employees
As a new business, our resources are limited but we don't underestimate how far little things can go! For example, we recycle our office paper, use environmentally friendly light bulbs and we collect our kitchen scraps for our neighbours chooks! We work closely with our paper suppliers to ensure we choose the most economically and environmentally paper source available.
For every garment we sell we will plant 1 native grass or 1 tree!
Apart from feeling good about getting our hands dirty we also want to be strongly involved with our local Landcare community. We think it's important to feel like we are giving back to the community and educating people about the environment. We also have an inkling that you might enjoy doing some planting too (we know most of you get your hands dirty as your day job, but this won't be work, it'll be fun!) So, Green Hip will be facilitating some planting days in co-ordination with Landcare. If you are a member of our newsletters you will receive information about our planting days so we can help you do your bit for the environment. We may not have the funds to put back into the planet, but we most certainly have the man power to make a difference, or, should we say women power!
Grow Me The Money Awards 2010 Finalist
We are also very pleased to announce that Green Hip was a finalist for Grow Me The Money Awards for Action. Grow Me The Money has been developed in partnership with VECCI and the EPA under a Sustainable Covenant. We submitted our environmental action plan that demonstrated creativity, leadership and a holistic approach to business sustainability. We look forward to putting our actions in place and continually updating and improving our sustainable strategies.
As you may already know, making a garment requires working with many different suppliers. We think it is important to engage with manufacturers that look after their staff and comply with our high manufacturing standards. We are also very dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint! We can do this by reducing our supply chains or simply manufacturing locally where financially possible. For example we print our swing tags here in Melbourne, our thread has been sourced from a Melbourne supplier and our scarves and beanies are locally hand knitted from the Bendigo Woolen Mill. Further more, these small cogs in the chain help reduce Green Hip's carbon footprint, but it also keeps our money local.
In the future we aim to use more environmentally friendly fibres, such as 100% organic cotton, bamboo and hemp once these fibres become more commercially viable for Green Hip. Using fewer chemicals is better for the environment but also socially better for the farmers who need to harvest the fibres. No one likes working with chemicals.
Please, watch this space for more environmental updates!
At Green Hip, we’re committed to thoroughly testing the workwear sold to ensure you end up with only the highest quality gear. Below are just a few of the testing requirements our workwear must pass to maintain our high quality assurance:
Chemical Testing: We keep your Hip gear safe by testing our fabric for the presence of chemicals and toxins known to be harmful. None of the workwear sold at Green Hip contain AZO Dye chemicals.
Colourfastness: All workwear is tested for fading when washed, dried, exposed to light and rubbing to best retain colour while you’re working hard.
Finishing: All surface coatings on our fabrics are tested to ensure our gear is hardwearing to offer you outstanding and long lasting workwear.
Functionality: All Green Hip clothing is assessed and labelled according to the overall percentage of fibres used, breathability and climate suitability. Additionally, all workwear is in compliance with WorkSafe Sun Protection Regulations, AS NZS 4501.2-2006 and Australian Standard Regulations for industrial workwear.
Durability: Hip garments are tested for garment and fabric strength, stretchability, movability, abrasion resistance, seam slippage/strength, button strength and pilling resistance. This extensive testing process of our garments determines whether the most suitable materials and fabrics have been used therefore, we have labelled how to care for your workwear to maximize the longevity of your gear.