MESSAGE FROM OUR CEO, TIM RABAIOTTI
The 365 Dry team set out to create something to replace the single use plastic poncho so commonly bought and discarded a few hours later. 300 million tonnes of plastic are produced each year, and only 10-13% is ever reused. This is causing a devastating effect to our environment.
Supporting the #PassOnPlastic movement, we created a quality replacement product that can be used time and time again. Then we went one step further and invested in a beautiful, innovative material made from recycling discarded plastic bottles.
Every one of our Rain Ponchos is made from 40 recycled plastic bottles. That’s 40 plastic bottles removed from the ocean and landfill and given purpose again.
The 365 Dry Team, are a passionate group of people from around the world. While we love having fun, we take our responsibilities seriously. We care about the environment as much as we care about fashion, and we want to do our bit to take care of people, our planet and for future generations.
We are embedding a sustainable approach into every part of the 365 Dry business and we’re transparent in all that we do. We are proud of the progress so far, we continue to learn and continue to improve.
365 Dry Rain Ponchos are produced using the latest innovation in high-quality, eco-friendly material. We are currently using REPREVE ®* - the only eco-performance fiber with U Trust® verification, which certifies recycled content claims through traceable FiberPrint® technology.
With full transparency, some of our small accessories are not made from recycled material, such as the toggle string and poppers. Our product still needs to function perfectly at keeping our consumers protected from the rain, and we are yet to have found the right sustainable accessories, but we continue our search.
365 Dry was born in Bali, Indonesia. We made the decision to support the local community by managing our operations on the Island and keeping manufacturing within Asia. We provide local jobs and invest locally whenever we can. We pay our workers a fair wage, and we expect all of our suppliers to do the same
We continue to collaborate with our suppliers to make ongoing improvements to working environments.
Our programme is constantly evolving, but it is centred on the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code, an internationally recognised set of labour standards (based on the International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions). It helps us and all ETI members drive improvements in working conditions across the world.
It has always been important to us to work with people who understand us as a business and the values we stand by.
Asia is not as advanced as other regions with their production materials and methods, but we made the decision to support them, educate and encourage sustainable ways of working. They keenly learn the techniques necessary and the reasons why, which we believe has a greater impact than outsourcing to further parts of the World, which adds excessive flight pollution when transporting materials.
Sustainability is something that goes throughout our business - beyond the manufacturing of the Rain Poncho product and we have invested time researching the best packaging and labelling too. All our hangtags are made from 100% recycled paper and finished without plastic coatings to ensure they are sustainable and fully recyclable.
Our Rain Ponchos are packed in PP non woven bags which are made from 100% recycled plastics and can themselves be reused and then eventually fully recycled at the end of their lifespan.
REDUCING OUR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
We consider all areas of sustainability in our operations. We have drastically reduced the need of paper and recycle as much as possible- that’s not so easy in Bali, but we go to the efforts to make it happen and continue to educate others.
We do our best to reduce our environmental impact in all our operations.
365 Dry have adopted a 1-1-1 philanthropy model. We give back 1% of our profit, 1% of our product and 1% of our employees time to causes that mean something to us.
1% of our annual profit is donated to our charity of choice.
At least 1% of our product is donated to good causes. In the past that has included children from non-affluent areas, people participating in fundraising events and those doing work for the environment where they are exposed to the elements.
We encourage our employees to use 1% of their paid working time to volunteer with charities or non for profits that mean something to them. Our employees have chosen to use this time cleaning beaches, educating the underprivileged and supporting fundraising activates.
We believe this is an important behavior for small businesses to adopt from concept so as the business grows so does the investment, impact and time.
*ABOUT THE REPREVE ® FABRIC
The REPREVE ® fabric is the only eco-performance fiber with U Trust® verification, which certifies recycled content claims through traceable FiberPrint® technology.
Their process embeds properties like wicking, adaptive warming and cooling, water repellency, and more at the fiber level. For reliable, durable quality.
Billions of plastic bottles go into landfills every year. REPREVE ® transforms these bottles into amazing, performance fibers, used by the world's leading athletic and fashion apparel.
‘Repreve’ fabric by ‘Unifi’ is an industry recognized brand from the USA that champions the use of recycled bottle to produce its fibers with over 10,000,000,000 plastic bottles already used in the production of their yarns and a target of another 10,000,000,000 to be recycled by 2020.
They're a perfect partner for the 365 Dry vision.
Brands currently using ‘Repreve’ include Ford, Patagonia, Quiksilver, Fossil, Kathmandu & Volcom.
Find more information at: https://repreve.com/