Esprit has demonstrated that the use of production off-cuts can lead to significant carbon and water savings. It has launched a collection of "R Certified" T-shirts and denim pieces manufactured from recycled off-cuts, and commissioned and independent life cycle assessment (LCA) to determine environmental performance.

The LCA determined the cradle-to-gate life cycle of the Esprit T-shirt, which is produced from 35% recycled cotton and 65% recycled PET. The study found that its production uses 74% less water and produces 53% less greenhouse gases than a piece-dyed 100% virgin cotton fibre T-shirt [1].

1. RESET Carbon, June 2012, "RESET quantifies carbon & water saving of Esprit's R-certified wear"