Back in April 2020 the Twittersphere nearly blew up as it came to light that Tom Hardy was growing vegetables at his Richmond home in an effort to be more self-sufficient. Now, less than a year on, the unsuspecting eco-warrior has demonstrated that his sustainable efforts don’t begin and end at the vegetable patch.
Attending the virtual launch event for Audi’s e-tron GT, which is the German manufacturer’s much-anticipated £80,000 electric supercar (Tesla watch out), 43-year-old Hardy threw his support behind one of the world’s most sustainable clothes brands.
The Warrior actor’s Sheep Inc sweater was made from ultrafine, supersoft biodegradable merino wool sourced from regenerative New Zealand farms. Moreover, it was crafted using solar-powered zero-waste machines in a seamless link-links knit, which uses less power and resources than other processes.
It’s widely known that the fashion industry can be held accountable for roughly ten per cent of the world’s carbon emissions. Case in point: the manufacture of a pair of Nike trainers equates to 7kg of CO2 emissions, which is the same as if you went on a ten-mile drive (not in Audi’s electric wagon).
Sheep Inc boasts that it’s the planet’s first ever carbon-negative fashion brand. “There can be a new way of doing fashion,” explains the brand’s cofounder, Edzard van der Wyck, “where the clothes you buy are no longer part of the problem, but part of the solution; where businesses not only set out to have a neutral effect on the environment, but also aim to fix some of the damage that has been done.”
For every knit sold, Sheep Inc invests five per cent from each sale into biodiversity projects around the world. Essentially, when you buy one of the jumpers you’re helping to reduce the planet’s carbon output, rather than adding to it. Additionally, each Sheep Inc knit has a traceability function, meaning you can find out exactly where the raw materials came from.
What’s more, the tags used are made from an ecological plastic called EcoPaXX, which is a recyclable, bio-based, 100 per cent carbon-neutral polyamide.
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