Becoming Resource Positive

We aspire to give more than we take from the planet. This commitment includes reaching the preliminary targets below by 2030 with a focus on five key strategies we’ve identified to get us there.

Doing more with 50% less

Our goal is to reduce our footprint by half in the following areas: Carbon emissions—storing more than we emit; waste sent to landfills, using thoughtful alternatives; water used in direct operations and production through conservation or replenishment.
At Merrow, we are working to do our part by building an ethical supply chain that creates high-quality, low-impact, long-lasting products. We carefully consider our materials and work with our production partners to reduce waste, chemicals, and plastics that endanger our planet’s ecosystems. Our timeless basics are designed to last—so making the right choice by the planet can be as simple as putting on a Sweater.

Our Commitment

The world needs to move fast to make a meaningful difference in the fight against climate change.

In order to hit our sustainability goals—and hold ourselves accountable to our customers—we have publicly committed to two broad initiatives: eliminating all virgin plastic from our supply chain and moving all of our cotton production to organic. Large-scale change rarely happens quickly, but we are making swift and promising progress toward our goals.

Our Progress

In 2020, our use of virgin plastic was concentrated in three areas: fabric in our apparel, structural components and polyethylene bags (aka polybags) that protected every product leaving our factory.

Here’s what we’ve done as of April 2021:
  • Apparel fabrics: 97% of our apparel materials containing polyester and nylon are now made from certified recycled fibers. That material is made from recycling plastic water bottles, fishing nets, fabric excess from cutting patterns, and other items otherwise destined for the waste stream.
  • Packaging: 100% of our virgin plastic shipping bags are now made from either 100% recycled plastic or FSC-certified paper.

Our Materials

Merrow strives to use the most sustainable materials from farm to factory, and invests in new fabric innovations to ensure we’re reducing our impact on the planet. We prioritize natural fibers, but use recycled synthetics where they have a clear performance and/or durability advantage.

  • Recycling: We are a part of the Textile Exchange to identify and help implement ethical practices throughout the alpaca fiber sourcing process. Through this organization, we are also joining forces with our peers in the  Responsible Alpaca Standard International Working Group (RAS IWG) to set industry standards across the alpaca wool supply chain.
  • Materials Certifications: Where possible, we work with a number of partners to certify our materials, suppliers, and production processes.
  • bluesign® Systems Partner: In traditional manufacturing, there is no way of knowing which chemicals are being used in dye and wash processes. bluesign has done the dirty work for us by identifying over 900 potentially harmful chemicals. To earn bluesign certification, manufacturers must prove that those chemicals have been completely eliminated from the production process.
  • GOTS Organic Cotton Certification: The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certification takes over a year to account for every step of production—from the processing of certified organic fiber into yarn, to the dyehouses, mills, factories, and printers.
  • Cradle To Cradle Gold Certification: The Roica® V550 stretch yarn we use is a breakthrough innovation that has allowed us to make truly clean denim. It’s been awarded the Gold certification by Cradle To Cradle—the global standard for products that are designed for a more sustainable, more circular economy. This means that nothing toxic goes into making this yarn or comes out of its use or eventual decomposition. The Cradle To Cradle certification also ensures the use of renewable energy and carbon offsets for manufacturing, proving that clean stretch yarn isn’t a stretch of the imagination.
  • Other Materials Certifications:
    California Prop 65 Prohibited Chemicals
    CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) Banned Substances
    REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals) certified
    ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) contributors
    GRS (Global Recycling Standard) certification of recycled materials
    Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare
    Non-mulesed wool RWS-certified (Responsible Wool Standard), non-mulesed wool

We own our factories, and every Merrow product is made by people paid fair wages, with healthcare benefits - amazing talented hard working people, who care about what you wear. 

  • Our Distribution Center - at Merrow
    Merrow manages our distribution center in Fall River, MA, is a major part of our operations, and we’re proud to say that it’s also working to lessen our impact on the planet—starting with waste.
  • Zero Waste To Landfill
    In a facility that handles so many shipping materials and most of our physical products, it’s significant to reach a milestone like 100% landfill-free. This is done through various recycling and reuse programs, with the remainder done through a waste-to-energy partnership. Our partnership with Happy Returns also features a reusable shipping carton program that reduces the amount of cardboard that goes out for recycling.
  • Our Stores & Office
    We want the spaces we work in to be expressions of our ideals, so our stores and office are designed for lower impact through natural and recycled materials, energy sourcing, and educational initiatives.