Synthetic Materials

Resource-friendly production, longer product life
Synthetic materials and blended fabrics are used in nearly all product ranges. Instead of natural production, they are made through petrochemical processes. We aim to make these processes environmentally-friendly and use recycled materials to conserve non-renewable resources.

Use at HUGO BOSS

Because synthetic materials are often breathable and water-resistant, they are primarily used in the performance product area. They are used in blended fabrics in all product areas, however. In addition, synthetic imitation leather is used as an alternative to leather in shoes, accessories, and bags. In 2017, synthetic fibers comprised around 15% of all our materials used.

Impacts*

Synthetic materials are produced from petroleum – a finite, non-renewable raw material. Oil extraction can endanger ecosystems and pollute water reservoirs. In addition, energy and chemicals are required to produce the material.

* Summary of data from the “Ecoinvent” environmental database and internal research

Targets

HUGO BOSS plans to publish a sustainable materials strategy for synthetic fibers by 2020. The company is already increasing its recycling efforts. As part of our Circular Design Strategy, for example, we strive to design products that can be returned to the materials cycle after use.

Measures

Currently only few substitutes are available for synthetic fibers that meet our high demands for quality and functionality. Starting in our fall/winter collection 2016, however, all padding used in HUGO BOSS apparel and accessories consists of at least 60% recycled materials such as PET bottles. Selected styles also use high-quality recycled fibers to reduce the consumption of non-renewable resources.

In addition, we are always on the lookout for sustainable materials to replace synthetics. To this end, we examine businesses and their processes, analyze their environmental impacts, and compare them with the environmental impacts of the material targeted for replacement (such as polyester). In addition to the environmental impacts, a variety of quality tests is performed on samples, for example, to test durability. Only materials that meet our high quality and environmental standards are considered for use.

S.Café: material made of recycled polyester and coffee grounds
In selected BOSS Menswear Athleisure styles, we use S.Café®, an innovative material made of recycled polyester and coffee grounds. Through this additive, the material dries much more quickly and has low odor development – making it perfect for use in functional clothing.

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Sustainable materials

HUGO BOSS strives to increasingly use cotton from sustainable cultivation, employ environmentally-friendly production processes for synthetic fibers, and develop innovative, sustainable materials.

Animal welfare

Leather, wool, and down are materials with animal origins, which results in a special responsibility for animal welfare. HUGO BOSS has set ambitious targets to live up to this responsibility.

Current topics

For news on all aspects of sustainability at HUGO BOSS – including product development and innovative materials – see the current topics.