Do we have an impact the environment?
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 influence 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:
- We produce close to the market (Estonia) to reduce transport.
- We use fabrics that are recycled (for the Polartec products) .
- We use recycled cardboard in our packaging.
- We make quality products that are meant to last very long.
- The wool we buy from Pontetorto is mulesing free.
- All suppliers we use manufacture in Europe.
- We try to think green in everything we do. Many manufacturers make green concepts and strategies tat typically involve 1% of the business to market themselves as green. It is not enough to pretend.
- Last but not least, we work with the Norwegian Development Fund to reduce our CO2 emissions. More on that below.
Cooperation with the Norwegian Development Fund
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.
We believe that the government should impose a environment tax on our production, but in the absence of the authorities taking this responsibility, we believe all manufacturers in the world should impose such a tax on thermselves.
If you would like to learn more about how we have calculated our CO2 footprints or want to know how the Development Fund uses the money we give them, read next.