One of the most shopped brands right now is Lululemon, a high-end activewear and yoga apparel store. You’ll find most girls at KHS wearing a piece of their clothing. According to Good on you, Lululemon ranks as “not good enough” on their environmental impact, despite Lululemon claiming one of their core principles is sustainability, they’ve set a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions generated from its own operation and supply chains by 2030. But there isn’t confirmation on whether they’re on track to meet that deadline. Not only that, but there is no evidence to prove their actions reduce or eliminate hazardous chemicals. But wait, it gets worse.
Lululemon’s labor conditions are far from great. The only positive feedback they have is that some of their policies protect suppliers and workers from the impacts of COVID-19. They don’t have certified labor standards to ensure the health and safety of their workers, living wages or other labor rights. Again, no evidence has been shown that Lululemon practices diversity and inclusion in their supply chain and has made no progress towards a payment of living wage. The Fashion Transparency Index gave Lululemon a score of 41-50% because their main sources for final stages of production come from countries that are at extreme risk of labor abuse.
Not only are there signs of labor abuse within their supply chain, there are also suspicions about their animal welfare. As of now, no evidence has surfaced about a policy in place to minimize animal abuse. The brand uses wool and exotic animal hair in some of their products, which leaves traces of animal products. Ultimately, while everyone is in love with Lululemon, it really is not the store you should be supporting. After all, if you’re buying from them, then you’re encouraging them to continue these harmful acts.