Sustainability

Our planet is in crisis.  There is no time for business as usual.

We exist to constantly pioneer ways for the performance sportswear industry to make a positive impact on our society and planet, so you can make the most environmentally and socially conscious clothing choice.

"HOW COULD I LOOK MY GRANDCHILDREN IN THE EYE AND SAY I KNEW WHAT WAS HAPPENING TO THE WORLD AND DID NOTHING."

Sir David Attenborough

The clothing industry (and particularly fast fashion) is an environmental disaster

Fashion is the 3rd most polluting sector after oil & gas and agriculture

The clothing industry is responsible for 10% of annual global carbon emissions, more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined.

We have a linear take – make – waste model which is responsible for huge and unsustainable resource use, not to mention massive social injustice

Over 100bn garments are made per year, and only 1% of them are truly recycled into clothing. The rest are downcycled, burned or buried

Of the total fibre input used for clothing, 87% is incinerated or disposed of in a landfill.

Statistics published by UNEP and the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

SPORTSWEAR THAT GOES FURTHER

In 2014 we set out on a mission: to take back materials which were polluting the earth and to redesign them into performance sportswear which was built to last.  Our initial concept jersey, launched at the Tour de France in 2014, was made from recycled plastic bottles.  Now all our technical garments incorporate recycled materials, pushing the boundaries of the possible in the field of performance sportswear design.  This first jersey led us to build a business from the ground up based on sustainable and ethical choices, where every garment is designed and created with these considerations in mind.

We are the businesses of the future. Where our design choices and supply chain decisions seek to support a thriving planet and communities, rather than depleting them. 

Through actively seeking out companies that operate more ethically and sustainably you as consumers can drive genuine and fundamental changes in the way the industry operates.

How are we different?

Manufacturing and Supply Chain

We manufacture in the UK and Europe to reduce emissions and build strong relationships.  Our key manufacturing partner uses 100% renewable energy to make our garments.  We choose partners across our supply chain who share our ethical and environmental values and who treat their workers fairly, so you can be sure that your Presca clothing is made in the most responsible way possible. 

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Smart Fabric Choices

We create garments using cutting-edge recycled fabrics including from recycled plastic bottles, recycled fishing nets and recycled elastane.  As a result your sportswear will use less water and energy to produce than the alternative from virgin sources and help to clean up the planet. Where we use natural fibres, we work with the most sustainable options available.

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Design Philosophy

We design your sportswear to perform at the highest levels, whilst minimising its impact at every step.  Every single one of our garments is designed on sustainable principals which we have set out in our Design Philosophy.  We prioritise recycled fabrics; design for longevity; avoid dyes and finishes that are harmful to workers, wearers and the environment; seek to minimise in-use impacts; and design to recycle or biodegrade. 

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Circularity

Inspired by the circularity inherent in nature, we aim to be the first truly circular sportswear brand.  Designing for circularity as part of our Design Philosophy, we are launching our first fully circular garments this year, with all new garments to be designed for circularity by 2022.  So when your garment has reached the genuine end of it’s life you’ll be able to send it back to us and we’ll start it on a brand new journey. Find out more about our journey to circularity here.

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Packaging

We know how frustrating it can be when your new clothes turn up wrapped in layers of plastic.  We see it time and again, even from the most sustainable brands.  That’s why we are working hard to minimise the impact of our packaging choices.  We have chosen to package our garments in home-compostable bags and by the end of this year we aim to completely phase out plastic poly-bags and other single-use plastics from our operations. 

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Climate Emergency

At Presca, alongside other environmental organisations and purpose-driven businesses, we are declaring a climate emergency.  Read more about our declaration, and our work to become carbon neutral in our own operations and our supply chain.

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An important note about our business: At Presca, we recognise that sustainability is complex and there are no perfect answers.   However, we are on a journey of genuine positive change. Sometimes we will need to change course to get things right and our business model allows us the flexibility to adapt.  We believe that it is important to take steps in the right direction rather than take no action at all.   Join us and challenge us as we build a better brand.  We would love to hear from you at hello@prescasportswear.com

Our Sustainability Commitments

In 2020 we launched a cross-cutting sustainability strategy. We have set ourselves tough goals, and believe we’re leading the industry in this respect. Hitting each of these goals will require focus, diligence and grit - it won’t be easy, but in order to change the industry there are no shortcuts.