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.
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
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.
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.