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Sustainability

Founded in 2008, POP Milano was born in response to a need from our global retail clients expanding into Asia, and looking for accessibly-priced mannequins with European Design and responsible local production. A wide range of raw materials and production systems places Pop Milano as the most innovative brand produced in Asia. The Brand was officially relaunched in 2020 as a free-standing concept of catalog and creative mannequins delivered all over the world.
For more information, please visit us at www.popmilano.com

Sustainability Commitments

POP Milano believes that sustainability is comprised of fair economic development, a great regard for social justice, and a spe- cial focus on environmental protection. Our Group is committed to sustainability as a proud member of the Fashion Pact. In 2020 we are investing in several initiatives in R&D and production to maximize material recyclability and POP Milano's global sustainable impact.

2020 Goals

  • Achieve 100% Chinese Supplier Compliance Code of Conduct
  • Complete independent third-party carbon footprint analysis
  • Publish 2025 Carbon Reduction Plan
  • Optimize global transport and reduce Scope 3 emissions
  • Develop strategies for biodiversity

Longer-term Commitments

  • Implement the 16 principles in the UN Fashion Industry Charter for Climate
  • Ensure 25% of our key raw materials are low climate impact by 2025
  • Implement 50% renewable energy across own operations by 2025 and 100% by 2030
  • Source from 100% wildlife-friendly and regenerative agriculture by 2030
  • Commit to zero deforestatation by 2025

Facilities

POP Milano's business model is characterized by a bias for vertical integration, combined with a need for manufacturing in China, a market where it is important to work closely with local partners. For this reason, we chose to invest in our own capabili- ties but also leverage strong local manufacturing plants that are fully-dedicated to supplying us with great quality product. This multi-factory solution ensures greater control of the production process, and that impact generated downstream is properly addressed from the source.

Production Country 100% Made in China

Governance*

Annual Chinese Govt. Audits 12
Annual Global Client Audits 5%
Audits with Satisfactory Results 100%

Utilities [2019 vs 2018]*

Government-supplied energy 100%
kWh/FFE Reduction -4%
Gas scm/FFE Reduction -27%
Water m3/FFE Reduction -33%

Facilities

Factories and Ownership

2 Fully-owned factories 3 exclusive suppliers
Sustainability Falcilities Map

Talent

At POP Milano, we strive to ensure that our workplaces are safe for the people who work there. We ensure a healthy atmosphe- re in both our own and outsourcing factories, and reject toxic materials in the manufacturing of our products.

Factory Workers*

Total Employees 45
Average Hours Worked / Week 38
Sustainability Talent Sex
Sustainability Talent Age

Production & Materials

Thanks to our integrated supply chain management, we are able to work with select local suppliers with a long trajectory and great reputation that will help us find the best innovative raw materials and reduce our impact and the impact of our clients.

Suppliers*

Total Supplier Count 104
Local Suppliers 99%
Top 10 Supplier Share of Spend 2%
Avg. Relationship with Top 10 Suppliers 5.5 years

Core Material Description

Share of Output

End-of-Life Alternatives

Low Styrene Emission Resin (LSE)

LSE is best for high design and product detail, since the mold is the most adaptable and flexible. Molds are also least expensive, making this the best option for medium production quantities. Also, since pro- duction is highly artisanal it results in the lowest energy consumption. Additionally, an LSE mannequin is lighter than other options, which has benefits in the reduction of scope 3 emissions. At end of life, LSE resin body parts are fully repairable to allow for reusability. We can dispose of them through a was- te-to-energy system that puts energy back on the grid.

Share of Output Low Styrene Emission Resin – Share of Output
End-of-Life Alternatives

Partially recyclable/
waste-to-energy

Polystyrene (PS)

PS mannequins offer long-term durability in a material that uses some recycled inputs and is recyclable; we highly encourage clients to dispose of these mannequins properly at the end of their life. This material requires a greater amount of energy in production, but this is balanced with a greater potential for circula- rity: 20% of production outputs become waste, and 100% of waste is circled back in a closed-loop system. PS molds are highly inflexible and the most costly; we recommend PS for high quantity production.

Share of Output Polystyrene – Share of Output
End-of-Life Alternatives

Recyclable

Polyurethane (PU)

PU is best for product resistance. A PU mannequin’s single parts can be easily substituted or upcycled with new pieces and their recyclability degree is quite good. Moreover, these mannequins require a mold that is highly flexible and, therefore, easily reusable. The cost of PU molds is also lower, making this a good material for medium quantity production. PU yields the most resistant mannequin, and is the best solution for mannequins with frequent handling.

Share of Output Polyurethane – Share of Output
End-of-Life Alternatives

Partially recyclable/
waste-to-energy

Acrylonitrile Butadine Styrene (ABS)

Like PS, ABS uses some recycled inputs and yields a recyclable material. While mannequins are durable, a greater amount of heat is needed in their production process and they must be disposed of properly through a proper waste management facility at end of life to ensure recyclability.

Share of Output Polyurethane – Share of Output
End-of-Life Alternatives

Recyclable

Packaging and Transportation

While our highest growth market is Asia-Pacific, today POP Milano serves clients worldwide. Conscious of our Scope 3 emissions, we are making tangible efforts to bring sustainabi- lity upstream, by investigating innovative solutions to reduce packaging environmental impacts. We also do our best to ac- commodate our clients’ needs by proposing eco-friendly deli- very options that cater to their goals.

Product Shipments

% APAC Deliveries
28%
% EMEA Deliveries
62%
% ROW Deliveries
10%

Packaging Materials:

  • 100% recyclable & recycled paper and carton box
  • 100% recyclable plastic bags for lining

End-of-Life

ABS and PS mannequins should be disposed of through qualified waste management companies to ensure proper and 100% mannequin recyclability. Polyurethane can be recycled but the most energy-efficient solution is waste-to-energy.
Parts of every mannequin, especially the metal and wood components, are recyclable.
Please refer to our End of Life Manual for full instructions on mannequin disassembly and proper, sustainable disposal.