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Beyond impact

At COS, we're on a mission to look beyond today, to create a collection for the future. Beyond a season, a trend, a moment, to a more sustainable world. This season, we turned our focus to one of our most-loved designs: the COS T-shirt.

By using better production methods, we made this season’s essential styles with less of an impact on the planet compared to a benchmark style from our past collections. The results are in…

COS T-shirt Life Cycle Assessment

These results are calculated using an innovative method we’re using known as a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). Through this, we’re able to analyse our production methods and make better choices based on the results.

A Life Cycle Assessment measures the potential environmental impact of a product throughout all its stages, from the raw material extraction to the end of the production process. The results are calculated using the latest GaBi technology and verified by a panel of LCA experts.

This season, we developed how we usually make our T-shirts – from the way the cotton was grown, to the means in which each piece was crafted. By using the LCA, we were able to compare the environmental impact of using more sustainably sourced fabrics and better production techniques with a benchmark style from our past collections*. Since the data is measured season on season, the numbers above will change over time. It’s important to us that we provide you with the most up-to-date information, which is why these figures will be updated to reflect our current collections.

Sharing the environmental impact of our T-shirt collection is just another step in our journey towards becoming a fully transparent, responsible brand in all parts of our business – find out more about our progress so far here.

If you would like to reduce your impact too, the simple act of keeping your COS pieces for longer can make a big difference. By buying less, you’ll help save more of the resources needed to make them. Read our Care Guide for tips on how to make your pieces last as long as they were designed to. And if you choose to part ways, our T-shirts can be easily recycled or given a new life through secondhand platforms, such as COS Resell to stop them from going into landfill.

*For the benchmark, we used three different styles from our 2016, 2017 and 2018 collections. The styles varied so we could measure different aspects of the design, such as the dyeing methods used to colour the T-shirts.

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