FjallravenReduce, reuse and recycle
Fjällrävens goal is to make products that are long-lasting, hard-wearing, pure and functional. This longevity calls for a conscious approach all through the product life cycle.
The journey towards a more sustainable future begins during the design phase and does not end until the product is completely worn out, and then hopefully recycled, after years of escapades.
When considering a new material, we take good time to evaluate resource-efficiency, quantities, chemical composition, etc. before we decide how to move on. We compare materials and strive to choose those with the best sustainability profiles. We also look at renewability and if materials are degradable or recyclable.
Applied to different aspects of sustainability our production philosophy can be summarized as:
We try to use processes that are as gentle on the environment as possible and that minimize consumption of water, chemicals and energy.
We use recycled and organic materials when available, without this compromising with our demands on durability.
We strive to be as energy-efficient as possible and to plan and optimize transports to curb carbon emissions.
We have a principle of precaution when it comes to chemicals, avoiding toxic and hazardous chemicals as much as possible and continuously searching for environmentally sound options.
We try to make use of spill material from our production.
In two product series Numbers and Eco-shell we have fully embraced a sustainability approach to see what is possible to achieve and what's not. The features in these series which have proven to be scalable are now gradually being applied to other products as well.
Partnership with Sustainable Apparel Coalition
To have a systematic approach in our work, and to learn from and share our best practices with other forward-thinking companies, we have joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, an industry-wide group of over 80 leading apparel and footwear companies and NGOs working to reduce the environmental and social impacts of apparel and footwear products around the world.
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Everything that is produced requires resources and all these resources have some impact on our environment and on people. What resources we use and what we use these resources for is a question of responsibility. We see it as a combination of environmental, ethical and social responsibility. As a company, we have unlimited responsibility for the total picture and it is our obligation to work on these issues at all times.
The best thing we can do for the environment is to make small numbers of quality products that last a long time. A good product that is looked after is likely to have an extended life, which means we dont need to make as many of them. As proof of our commitment to making long-lasting products, our axes come with a 20 year guarantee.
For our axes, we use recycled steel, vegetable tanned, chromium-free leather and wooden handles made of hickory. The choice of material is important, not just for environmentally aware manufacturing, but also in terms of what happens to the materials when the axe finally reaches the end of its life. The steel can be recycled, while the leather and the handle will decompose, so no waste is created.
We also have a long-standing plan to entirely cease our dependence on oil, where we for example have made investments so that we can heat our premises using ground-source heating and modern HF furnaces to heat our steel instead of oil-fired furnaces. We also have a huge interest in reducing our energy consumption and we are therefore continuously investing in energy saving measures. Our latest goal is that in the near future become completely self-sufficient in renewable energy.
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Klean KanteenThe "benefit" part of our mission is a big deal to us. We use our business as a force for good in everything we dofrom the products we make to the nonprofit partnerships we forge, to the way we show up in our communities and the positive impact we have on the world.
As a certified B Corp, klean kanteen are part of a movement of more than 2,000 global companies that meet high standards of social and environmental transparency, accountability and performance. Together, were redefining success in business.
1% for the Planet Member
As a proud 1% For The Planet member, klean kanteen have contributed more than £1.2 million directly to environmental organizations dedicated to preserving and restoring wild places.
Sustainability is an important word at Klean. It begins at their headquarters in Chico and extends from the festivals and events they serve to their shipping practices and operations overseas.
Klean kanteen proudly purchase a combination of Renewable Energy Certificates (energy created from renewable sources like wind and solar) and Carbon Offsets (from projects that capture and absorb carbon) equal to their use.
Klean Kanteen products are handmade in China. Their factories are socially and environmentally responsible and enable us to produce an exceptional product at an affordable price for Klean fans worldwide.
Our manufacturing operations meet high standards of quality (ISO 9001 & ISO/TS 16949), safe and fair labour, ethical business and environmental responsibility (ISO 14001). And were always working to improve.
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NikwaxNikwax is still owned by its founder Nick Brown, an outdoor enthusiast who uses science to improve peoples comfort and enjoyment of the natural world. But he is fully aware that if humankind is to continue enjoying what nature provides, then we all have to think hard about how we are going to protect it. This is the source of Nikwaxs commitment to low impact products, and its a commitment which over the years has drawn many like minded thinkers into the company.
We know we are not perfect, so a key part of our philosophy is to measure and understand our footprint so that we can hold ourselves to account. From CO2 emissions down to the chemicals which make up our products, we want to know what we are putting out there, and what its impact is likely to be. Nikwax applies a scientific approach that combines understanding, measurement and continuous improvement.
Nikwax takes real action in a broad range of areas. From internal policies to reduce direct impacts, to external funding of conservation and education, we strive to live by our principles and set an example to the rest of the industry.
We know that we are working hard to reduce our environmental impact, but we also believe that consumers should have a healthy scepticism when it comes to companies environmental claims. To promote a culture of transparency and public scrutiny, we have decided to share our environmental performance data online. Flattering or otherwise, we are laying it out for all to see, allowing the public to make their own minds up about our efforts.
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