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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.