Protected: Lululemon’s Fracking Problem

Stand.earth has released new research that reveals how Lululemon is contributing to the growth of the fracking-derived petrochemical industry through its sourcing of virgin polyester.

Key Findings

Over 76% of Lululemon’s clothing fabric is made from fossil-fuel derived synthetic fibres, including polyester and nylon which are manufactured using petrochemicals derived from oil and gas. Meanwhile, only one-third of Lululemon’s polyester and nylon is currently from recycled sources.

Because of the deliberate obscurity of fashion supply chains, it is extremely difficult to prove a direct link, but each connection increases the probability that the polyester found in any individual garment from Lululemon is derived from fracking in the Permian Basin.

In February 2024, Stand.earth submitted a complaint against Lululemon to Canada's Competition Bureau on grounds of greenwashing. Lululemon's 'Be Planet' marketing campaign claims that the company's products "contribute to a healthy planet." However, its products have extensive links to the growing petrochemical industry, which is on track