Sustainability
Social Impact

Our Commitments

At SRTX we are on a mission to lead and accelerate the world’s transition to circular fashion. This spans how we design our products, what we put into our products and how we make our products. We continually find new ways to engage our customers and suppliers in this journey, and will soon begin sharing back our progress towards our goals in formal annual reporting.

SRTX is also committed to achieving net zero by establishing and realizing science-based targets. These targets will give us focus in both the near and long term. We are currently mapping our company footprint, and establishing a pathway to reduce and offset it via our materials, our products, and our operations. 

Product Design

Circularity starts by extending the lifetime of a product.

More than 40% of people report their tights do not last beyond 3 wears, and in 70% of cases the maximum number of wears they get is 6. It is estimated that a person has to buy an average of 10 to 11 tights per season. This means consumers spend around a hundred dollars per year only to experience repeated frustration when their product fails, and throw out over 2 billion pairs of pantyhose each year. This is equivalent to more than 110,000 tonnes of post-consumer waste ending up in landfills.

To counter this, our products are designed from the best of materials science and knitting technology, in classic styles that as many people as possible can wear year-round. We are continuously looking to improve our production costs so we can pass on savings to our customers. Our goal is to make our products completely affordable and get them into the hands of as many people as possible, to replace disposable hosiery for good.

Reducing Pre-Consumer Waste

A key component of Circularity is ensuring that the maximum amount of input materials are converted into usable apparel.

All products Powered by Sheertex® are made stronger and more durable due to their stronger base fibers, which maximizes the number of wears per item and reduces the number of total products in circulation. 

While increasing the longevity of our products through our knit already makes a difference in landfill waste, we prioritize the reduction of waste that's made in the apparel manufacturing process.

We have built a manufacturing process that minimizes the creation of pre-consumer waste as much as possible. The little that is created we convert into other products like headbands, scrunchies and masks that make up our Zero Waste Collection.

Reducing post-consumer waste

Keeping apparel in circulation for as long as possible.

To help divert material from landfills, and to fuel our research programs, we are setting up a returns process for our customers to send us back their tights free of charge once they are done with them. We will inspect, sanitize and repair when possible to get even more wears per pair, either reselling the refurbished items as part of a dedicated collection or donating them. In cases where the product cannot be repaired, we intend to redirect it into our ever-evolving recycling program where the material can find a second life in the shape of a new product. 

Our ultimate goal is to be circular in multiple ways, encompassing the increase the number of wears per customer, the number of customers per product, and the number of recycled products made from the same raw materials.


Packaging

SRTX is committed to packaging our products as sustainably as possible in an effort to decrease our carbon footprint. We prioritize recyclable, plant-based plastics and paper, otherwise leveraging biodegradable materials. We continually strive to minimize what we use, finding new ways to make our packaging lighter or to better fit in shipping bags, thereby reducing the total amount of materials used.

WE’RE COMMITTED TO CREATING BETTER PLASTICS

Over the last 60 years synthetics like nylon have been mass adopted for their durability. Our durability and the longevity of the garments we can produce with it are unmatched.
Our polymer uses waterless dyeing techniques.
We’re committed to converting 100% of our feedstock to bio-based alternatives by 2025.
We’ve set up a task force developing end of use recycling programs for both non-Sheertex and Sheertex synthetic apparel products.

EVERGREEN INVENTORY

In a world of fast fashion, where consumers demand changes every season, apparel brands find themselves caught with massive amounts of unsellable inventory every season. Tights is a category dominated by staples, with consumer preferences remaining relatively constant season to season and year to year. This reality allows Sheertex to consistently stock the same staples and avoid the traditional build-up of unsellable off-trend merchandise.

BEST IN CLASS RETURN RATES

Returns are a large source of waste for the apparel industry. Returns produce added emissions due to the need for further shipping and due to the waste created by products that can’t be resold. Not only are Sheertex products lightweight and require fewer emissions to transport but as a stretchy product tights have a much higher likelihood of fit match than traditional apparel. Fit combined with the fact that tights are an intimates product, for which returns are not seen as table stakes, have led Sheertex to have a less than 5% replacement rate, compared to the clothing industry at large which can see return rates as high as 30-40% in online shopping.

Leading Change in Apparel

We have fundamentally changed the hosiery category with our proprietary Sheertex knit technology.

Sheer can now be a sustainable staple in your wardrobe. With our super strong knit we have had to re-think knitting as a whole. We have retrofitted all our machines to work with the world’s strongest yarns. We developed a brand-new process to knit our products and we are able to do everything in-house. Our Sheertex factory is the only connected knitting factory in the world. Every part of the production process is tracked in real-time using our proprietary operating system developed in-house.

We believe that Sheertex will not only disrupt the hosiery category, but advance the fashion’s transition to sustainable manufacturing and a zero-waste future. We believe that Sheertex can replace the entire sheer hosiery market. In a recent customer survey, Sheertex customers associate strength, innovation and inclusivity with the Sheertex brand.

Significant
Suppliers

Advertising

Facebook,
Google;
Rakuten Marketing,
Tatari Inc.,
Harmon Brothers

Services

Acquire Agency;
Osler,
Hoskin & Harcourt LLP,
True Capital Partners,
Hydro Quebec,
12171911 Canada Inc.

Shipping

USPS;
Fedex;
Canada Post;
Expeed World Transport

Packaging

Zebra Paper Converters Inc,

Equipment

Autotex Italia SRL

Materials

Textile Titan International,
9875751 Canada Inc.

Statement of
Philanthropy

The adverse economic, environmental and social impacts of the apparel industry are undeniable. We believe the apparel industry as a whole will be transformed by better textiles and smarter factories, fundamentally changing how and which clothing is produced. While we push the boundaries through our R&D, we recognize our responsibility to make a difference that goes beyond our technology. In recent years we have donated to organizations like Black Girls Code, Centre Communautaire LGBTQ+ de Montreal, Planned Parenthood, and The Asian Solidarity Fund, and intend to continue supporting organizations that contribute to shaping a more socially just future.

Significant
Suppliers

Statement of
Philanthropy

The adverse economic, environmental and social impacts of the apparel industry are undeniable. We believe the apparel industry as a whole will be transformed by better textiles and smarter factories, fundamentally changing how and which clothing is produced. While we push the boundaries through our R&D, we recognize our responsibility to make a difference that goes beyond our technology. In recent years we have donated to organizations like Black Girls Code, Centre Communautaire LGBTQ+ de Montreal, Planned Parenthood, and The Asian Solidarity Fund, and intend to continue supporting organizations that contribute to shaping a more socially just future.