Sustainable is a binary term. We cannot be sustainable until our planet and our systems are sustainable. We see sustainability as the path and process towards the ability to exist constantly and equitably - for every being to meet their own needs, without compromising their needs or the needs of future generations. Tenere is a participant in a collaborative global effort towards achieving a sustainable future that is globally shared.

We take a holistic approach to our sustainability journey, consisting of four main components:

(1) Environmental Consciousness - ensuring that planet earth remains inhabitable for all forms of life, forever

(2) Ethical Labor - providing dignified, fair, and safe work to our employees, our contractors, and the workers within our supply chain

(3) Social Advancement - using our platform to continually affect positive change through activism, allyship, organizational support, and educational resources

(4) Principled Corporate Governance - our obligation as a company to balance profit with purpose.

Radical transparency is at the core and foundation of our brand. All of our interactions with you are a partnership towards a commitment to do better. We believe you have the right to know about the inner workings of our company and how and where your products are made. That’s why we’d like to share our efforts with you, highlighting areas where we think we’re doing well and the areas where we need to improve.

The Good

Highlighting some of the areas where we think we're doing well.


The North Star for our brand, transparency is at the foundation of nearly every touchpoint of our company, because transparency informs awareness, which then enforces accountability. We share a web-based transparency experience via QR code that specifies details around certifications, material sourcing, environmental footprint, ethical worker pay/policies, a full chronological product journey through our supply chain, and programs for garment's end of life.

To learn more, see our Transparency page.
Design for Sustainability

At the foundation of our ethos, we consciously design our products to have the least negative impact on both people and the environment. Some examples include using recycled inputs, sharing yarns among many fabrics, and the use of mechanical engineering to reduce dependence on additional chemistries.

Commitment to Carbon, Plastic, and Water
“Neutral” Impact

Our approach to our emissions, waste, and water impact starts with (1) reducing and minimizing the impact within our production processes and then (2) offsetting the impact that are currently circumstantially unavoidable due to financial, economic, and Covid-19 related constraints.

To learn more, see our Emissions, Water, and Waste Reduction & Offset Strategies on our Policies page.

& Partners

We’ve partnered with some of the most reputable and technologically advanced companies in the world, to ensure we deliver the most eco-friendly and premium products. As a further commitment to transparency, we share detail for all of our partners within our supply chain as open-source.

To learn more, see our Certification & Partners page.
Conversation Board

Tenere invites its community to share comments, questions, thoughts, and criticisms on a public forum on its website. We monitor this forum to ensure there is no hate speech or inappropropriate content but our goal is to keep this forum as objective as possible.

To learn more, see our Conversation Board page.
Tene:RE Programs

We’re in the process of setting up a number of programs that aim to keep utility high and waste low, including TeneRE:wear (resale and/or donation), TeneRE:pair (garment repair), TeneRE:cycle (repurposing and/or downcycling), and TeneRE:duce (reduction and offset of our environmental footprint).

To learn more, see our programs on our Policies page.
Customer Directed
Tenere Donations

At checkout, customers will choose a cause they’d like Tenere to donate on their behalf representing 1% of their purchase.

Commitment to
Sustainable Investment

We aren’t just focused on the now, sustainability requires us to look hard into the future, and so we’re committed to investing in resources that help us achieve our sustainability goals.

Sustainability  Roadmap >

The "Needs Improvement"

As hard as we try to make an immediate impact, we can get better. And we’re committed to that. Here are some of the areas that we think need improvement, as Tenere continues its mission towards building a sustainable future.

Use of Synthetic Inputs

Currently our garments are composed of recycled yarns such as polyester, nylon, and elastane. And, while this ensures that our garments are high quality and provide key performance attributes, these materials are made of fossil-fuels, they don’t biodegrade, and they contribute to microplastic pollution in our air and water. We’re working to innovate so that we can transition to more sustainable fabrics, without compromising comfort or performance.

Transparency into Ethical Labor

Although we have established relationships with our Tier 1-3 supply chain partners, we believe there is room to further improve how we interact with the actual people who are a part of making our garments. As we grow we will be dedicating more resources to programs that not only ensure we are making products responsibly, but also making sure that those helping us grow are taken care of and treated fairly.

Calculation of Environmental Footprint

Today, there are tools and guides that help companies calculate their footprints but the industry lacks a deeply comprehensive methodology. So, we are currently working with third parties to help us calculate our footprint but will continually improve the methodology as we learn more. And, as always, we plan to be transparent about these methodologies so you can track our progress with us.

Transport within
our Supply Chain

Being a young company, our resources can sometimes limit how we’re able to move items through multiple geographies, and make us dependent on air transport. We’re committed to enhancing our logistics to minimize transport type and distance, to further reduce the negative impacts on the environment.

Microfiber Fragmentation

While we do avoid: (i) using staple spun synthetics, (ii) using microfibers below one denier per filament, and (iii) heavy brushing of fabrics, some of our garments are made from yarns such as polyester and nylon, some of which contribute to microplastic pollution of air and water. We’re working to innovate so that we can transition to more sustainable fabrics, without compromising comfort or performance.


One of the main contributors to waste is pushing products on customers to make an extra buck. While we are building a brand and do contribute to that marketing push, we have loftier goals than sales and profits. We won’t ever become fast fashion, and ask that you please not purchase our products unless you have a real need or desire for them.

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