At Big Star Clothing, Inc. (“Big Star”) our mission is to provide quality product while exercising corporate social responsibility on all levels. We strive to be a positive example of business integrity, and that commitment plays a crucial role in guiding the day-to-day practices and long-term strategies of our company.
Big Star jeans are made in our affiliated vertically integrated facilities, giving us the unique ability to carefully monitor and control our production process. From enforcing a strict ethical labor policy to reducing our environmental impact, we’re focused on creating a forward-thinking workplace and are proud to share the steps we’re taking to make a difference locally and globally.
We place a high priority on reducing our water usage. Our production facilities utilize Ozone Technology in the denim finishing process, which cuts water consumption by 50 percent while minimizing the use of chemicals and energy. First implemented in 2010, the Ozone process has saved millions of gallons of water.
Premium fabrics are a core component of our designs, and we source materials that benefit our customers as well as the planet. Many of our textiles incorporate sustainable fibers, such as Modal and Lyocell, which derive from cellulosic regenerative natural sources and are biodegradable.
Big Star takes great care to reduce the amount of waste we generate. We cut our patterns in a way that maximizes fabric yardage and keeps the amount of leftover materials at a minimum. Excess scraps are collected for recycling on a weekly basis, totaling approximately 1,300 to 1,400 pounds per week, and are repurposed as home and car insulation.
We continually invest in the latest technology in order to increase the efficiency of our manufacturing facilities. Our heat-saving equipment recycles heat from commercial dryers, reducing laundry energy consumption by up to 46 percent.
California Transparency in Supply Chains Act
Big Star and its parent company and affiliated companies (“Big Star Operating Group”) are dedicated to conducting business in a lawful and ethical manner and committed to preventing any occurrence of slavery and human trafficking from our supply chain. As part of our onboarding and continuing supply chain engagement process, Big Star Operating Group evaluates and addresses risk relating to human trafficking and slavery through personnel who are employees of its parent or affiliated companies to verify our product supply chains to the extent commercially reasonable. For example, Big Star Operating Group requires that all of its direct suppliers abide by and certify by a written agreement to the Code of Conduct and Standards of Engagement, which, among other things, absolutely prohibits any of our suppliers from engaging in any human trafficking or slavery as defined by the law of the United State of America or by the country of origin. Also, the employees of Big Star Operating Group engaged in the supply chain are trained in social responsibility matters to mitigate risk of human trafficking and slavery within the supply chain of our products and to audit our suppliers from time to time, such as by conducting commercially appropriate announced and unannounced audits of our suppliers’ facilities, requesting third-party factory audit reports from accredited institutions dated within an acceptable timetable, and to escalate concerning matters to the Legal team for further evaluation. To that end, Big Star Operating Group maintains internal accountability standards and corrective action records and follow ups for suppliers who fail to meet company standards and ultimately work within the ability of Big Star Operating Group to promote social responsibility at all levels of our supply chain.