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Ethics and Sustainability

From the workplace to product and sourcing we make the very best attempt to be as ethical and environmentally responsible as we can.

SOME OF OUR EFFORTS INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:

  • Hanky Panky has been manufacturing in the Northeast area of the USA since 1977. This saves time, fuel, and shipping costs, drastically reducing the generation of CO2. It also allows us to monitor both the quality of our products in the factories and the working conditions.
  • We ensure the safety and fairness of working conditions by visiting our sewing contractors frequently and we have long-standing relationships with all of them. Additionally, we only use registered factories. All garment manufacturing factories must be registered with the state of New York, which has its own standards for working conditions and performs its own inspections. We also love taking people on tours of our manufacturing and shipping facilities!
  • 100% of the fabrics and trims used to make our Signature Lace styles are knitted, dyed, and finished in the USA with low impact dyes. Even the Supima® cotton fibers used to make the panty lining are grown in the USA. Supima® cotton has a smaller environmental impact than foreign-grown cottons. According to Supima.org, “The implementations of new technologies allow U.S. cotton producers to minimize the impact on the environment by using less water, land and energy.”(1)
  • Like all Supima® cotton, our organically grown Supima® Cotton with a Conscience® is grown exclusively in the Southwest United States. The yarn is certified Organic according to the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) Certificate reference #PRJ005014/013403. The certification body is Control Union Specifications B.V. in the Netherlands. The fabric is knitted, dyed and finished in the Southeast USA, using low-impact fiber reactive dyes, which do not contain toxic chemicals. These dyes have a high absorption rate, and use less water than conventional dyeing, resulting in a more eco-friendly process which adheres to American environmental regulations. The Cotton with a Conscience® collection is also free of formaldehyde, as well as the allergens latex and Thiuram Mix.
  • In 2017 we joined 35 other apparel manufacturers and brands in pledging to shift the balance of our cotton use to 100% organically grown, sustainable cotton by 2025, including all cotton linings and sleepwear by signing the the Prince of Wales’ International Sustainability Unit’s Sustainable Cotton Communiqué.
  • We take the threat of synthetic fiber pollution to our waterways and marine life seriously. Because of this, we strive to source high-quality fabrics and materials, which are less prone to shedding fibers, and you will never see flocked fabrics in our collection.
  • We’ve partnered with NYC-based FabScrap to recycle and repurpose our textile waste.
  • We strive to make all packaging and shipping materials from recycled paper or FSC products and ensure that they are easily recyclable.
  • We purchase 100% recycled paper for all printers and copy machines, and re-use the back of photocopies for notes and sketches.
  • Instead of water coolers with plastic bottles, we installed filters to purify NYC tap water, and each employee is encouraged to utilize their own reusable cup or mug.

[1] Supima, “Sustainability” http://www.supima.com/whats-supima/sustainability/ (accessed January 21, 2013)

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

  • We encourage our customers to treat their Hanky Panky treasures with care, so that they will last a long time. Hand washing in cool water and hanging to dry not only saves water and energy, it also prolongs the life of delicate lingerie. Heat, strong agitation, and alkaline detergents break down the stretch fibers used in our Signature Laces, and cause them to age prematurely, as well as increasing the risk of fiber pollution.
  • To minimize fiber pollution to our waterways and marine life, we encourage you to purchase either a washing machine waste water filter, or use a Guppy Friend® wash bag when laundering your synthetic fiber garments.
  • We encourage all our customers to Wear, Donate, Recycle all their clothing and textile goods.  Follow this link to find a textile recycling center near you