All producers and manufactorers know that a product has an impact on the environment. Like all the other manufacturers we must realize that we are affecting the environment in our production of Zipwear.

Just as you must realize that you as a consumer have an impact in the same way.

So what can we do?

Well, as consumers, we should all at least buy quality goods that we use until they are exhausted. Don’t buy a new pair of Ziplongs every year just because the new ones look better.

As manufacturers, there is much we can do. This is what we in the Northern Playground is doing today:

  • 1. We produce close to the market (Lithuania) to reduce transport
  • 2. We use fabrics that are recycled (for the Polartec products)
  • 3. We use recycled cardboard in our packaging.
  • 4. We make quality products that are meant to last
  • 5. The wool we buy is mulesing free
  • 6. We launched our own line consisting of organic wool
  • 7. We try to think green in everything we do. Many manufacturers make green concepts in order to market themselves as green. It is not enough to pretend
- And last but not least

We work with the Norwegian Development Fund to reduce our CO2 emissions

The Norwegian Development Fund is a pioneer in development and environmental work and how these two complex areas can be combined.

It was therfore a natural for us to cooperate with them. How do we work together? Northern Playground gives a sum of money for every product we sell through our own website to tree planting projects in Africa. This means that for every product we sell, there will be planted x number of trees that can absorb CO2.

In other words, a self-imposed environmental tax.


In short, they plant trees in close cooperation with local communities around the world so that both the environment and local development go hand in hand. A seedling costs, for example in Malawi, 5 kroner if purchased from a nursery. If the locals themselves produce seedlings, it costs less than one krone. (around 10 cents) See a presentation the Development Fund has made ​​us (only in Norwegian) or read more on their wesite. www.utviklingsfondet.no .


It is no easy operation to calculate the CO2 footprint of a product. We asked specialists if they could help us. The organization "the Future in our hands" came to the rescue. To figure out exactly what each Northern Playground product releases of CO2 from production through shipping and to your home was obviously difficult. The Future in our hands made ​​an approximate estimate based on price, where they used previous studies done on price vs. Co2 emissions. They calculated, for example, that a Ziplongs of 130 Euros probably emit 62 Kg Co2. Se the calculations here How are we to "catch" these 62 pounds of CO2 that the Ziplong-production releases? A good measure is to plant trees that absorb the CO2. That is not for free of course. So how much should we pay per Ziplongs? We chose to use Future in our hands CO2 calculator that calculates a higher price than the commonly used stock price. In this calculator , it costs 10.90 kroner for 62 kg CO2. (10.90 kroner is about 1.3 Euro)

Obviously, this is not a precise exercise. But we can, according to these calculations, think that if we send 10.90 kroner for each Ziplongs we sell to a tree planting project, it will reduce the emissions equivalently. And that's just what we do, but to be on the "safe side" we add almost the double and send 20 kroner to the Development Fund for every product we sell. As of today we only do this for products we sell on our webpage. We are working with retailers on a similar deal.

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