All producers and manufacturers 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 fleece products)
  • 3. We use cardboard in our packaging and say no to plastic.
  • 4. We don't put an expiration date on our products. "Fast fashion" contributes to releasing lots of CO2 emisisons. We avoid this by making high quality clothing with a timeless design that will last.
  • 5. We make quality products that are meant to last.
  • 6. The wool we buy is mulesing and superwash free.
  • 7. We launched our line consisting of organic wool and silk. Read more here.
  • 8. We started manufacturing certain products locally in Tøyen, Oslo. Read more here.
  • 9. We work politically to give the environment a more stable place in the industry. We have (amongst other things) sent a letter to the minister of finance and the minister of environment asking for an environmental tax. Read the letter here (Norwegian only).
  • 10. Our most important manufacturer is Utenos in Lithuania. Utenos takes their environmental responsibility very seriously, and is for example one of few manufacturers that fulfill Greenpeaces Detox Campaigns strict requirements. Read more here.
  • 11. 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.
  • 12. We believe that honesty (and openness) is key. A few times a year we give our customers an honest peak behind the scenes of our company. Read our "Behind the scenes" letters here.

- 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 to remove 62 kg of CO2 by planting trees (calculation from 2016).

Obviously, this is not a precise exercise. But we can, according to these calculations, think that if we send 11 kroner per sale to a tree planting project, it will reduce the emissions equivalently (an average purchase in our online store is about 1000 NOK). That's exactly what we do, but to be on the "safe side" we add almost the double and send 15 kroner per purchase to the Development Fund. As of today we only do this for products we sell on our webpage at full price. We are working with our retailers on a similar deal.

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