SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS.
SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS IS GOOD BUSINESS. 
At Nobody Denim, Sustainable business is good business. Ethics are at the heart of what we do. We’re on a journey to be a leading advocate of good business practice. We believe in a triple bottom line approach that sees people and the planet as integral to our decision-making and direction.
LOCAL
At Nobody Denim we’re committed to manufacturing our denim garments in Melbourne and guaranteeing the maintenance of fair working conditions. Not only does designing and producing in-house keep jobs and dollars in the country, it enables us to stay at the raw edge of contemporary fashion – responding to trends and street style in real-time. All the while minimising our carbon footprint.
BY MAKING LOCALLY USING OUR OWN DENIM FACTORY AND LAUNDRY, WE:
  • Keep jobs onshore and help keep the Australian textile manufacturing industry alive.
  • Employ over 80 people.
  • Contribute to the local economy.
  • Shorten our supply chain – our head office, factory, laundry and retail store are all within a 6km radius.
  • Increase transparency.
  • Reduce travel miles and minimise the carbon footprint of each garment.
OUR GARMENTS
AUSTRALIAN FASHION COUNCIL
ETHICAL
Accredited with Ethical Clothing Australia (ECA) and working closely with The Textile Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia (TCFUA) – Nobody Denim maintains an ethical workplace, provides fair wages and operates under Australian Worksafe approved conditions. Nobody Denim is proud of the conditions in which its clothing is made and believes that fashion should be made in a safe environment where creativity, quality and people are valued equally.
ACCREDITATION BY ECA OFFERS OUR WORKERS THE FOLLOWING BENEFITS;
  • Having their rights recognised.
  • Being paid a fair wage and receiving full entitlements.
  • Being fairly represented and having an avenue for their voices to be heard - we work closely with the union to ensure this.
  • A safe work environment.
TRANSPARENCY
THE SOCIAL STUDIO
“IT’S REALLY IMPORTANT TO US THAT THE PEOPLE WHO WORK WITH US ARE TREATED FAIRLY AND THAT WHAT WE DO IS TRANSPARENT FOR OUR CUSTOMER – SO THAT THEY CAN FEEL PROUD OF WHAT THEY’RE WEARING THE SAME WAY WE FEEL PROUD TO PUT IT ON THE SHELVES.”
– Nobody Denim Design Team
ENVIRONMENT
We work with Sustainability Victoria as well as energy and materials efficiency assessors to identify ways to reduce our environmental footprint.
WATER
In Australia we live in the world’s second driest continent, behind only Antarctica. Water saving is therefore critical and a priority for us here at Nobody Denim:
  • Since 2017 we’ve reduced water use by 50% in our stone washing and bleaching processes.
  • We’re currently exploring other ways to save water, including steam recapture.
ENERGY
Nobody Denim is working to become more energy efficient across the whole company. We’re at the beginning of this journey but are proud of the progress we’ve made so far.
The factory has been our first focus:
  • Lighting accounted for 40% of the factory’s energy consumption so we switched to LEDs and significantly cut our electricity use.
  • We’ve saved energy by investing in more efficient technology, combining three machines into one to significantly cut electricity.
  • To make our sewing machines more energy efficient, we’re looking at investing in new motors.
  • To keep our spatial footprint small rather than expanding into bigger premises as we’ve grown, we’ve opted to stay in our existing factory. We’ve done this by making our garment assembly more efficient. This has reduced space and saved energy.
RAW MATERIALS
We believe the health of our workers, suppliers, consumers and the environment is paramount. When sourcing raw materials we aim to avoid harsh chemicals and instead opt for safer options.
IN PRACTICE THIS MEANS:
  • In our factory we work with raw material suppliers who meet IS014001 standards - this means they not only meet, but go beyond, legal environmental requirements.
  • Most fabrics we use in our factory are accredited to OEKO-TEX Standard 100. This means they meet, and go beyond, national and International chemical standards.
  • In the Nobody Denim laundry we use natural enzymes. They replace harsh chemicals, are safe for human and environmental health, and are biodegradable.
  • Our laundry dyes meet REACH standards. These are the European Union's chemical standards which meet, and go beyond, Australian standards. We do not use hazardous azo dyes.
WASTE
We're committed to reducing waste across the supply chain, from production to extending garment life cycle and giving "waste" a new life. To do this, we:
  • Make clothes to last - garments for a lifetime not a season.
  • Offer a repair service on jeans within 12 months of purchase.
  • Find better ways to make your denim:
  • We've reduced fabric waste by 9% by automating our fabric cutting.
  • We've installed new equipment that has reduced the number of garments classified as seconds by 30%.
  • Think creatively about waste. As part of Fashion Revolution Week 2018 we produced a capsule collection for David Jones made entirely from repurposed material.
  • Donate fabric offcuts to students.
  • Donate garments to the Darwin Aboriginal and Islander Women's Shelter and the Alice Springs Women's Shelter.
  • Recycle all our cardboard and have a goal to recycle all plastic.
  • Are working toward a paperless Head Office.
A JOURNEY
THERE'S A LOT MORE FOR US TO DO TO LESSEN OUR ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL IMPACT. WE'RE ON OUR SUSTAINABILITY JOURNEY AND ARE IN THE MIDST OF FURTHER DEVELOPING OUR LONG TERM SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGY. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SHARING OUR GOALS AND PROGRESS WITH YOU.