MADE IN TØYEN, OSLO

MADE IN TØYEN, OSLO

Textile production was once a vital part of the industry in Oslo and Norway. That is now long gone. Instead lies a common understanding that large-scale textile production in a country like Norway is close to impossible.

At the same time, the textile industry is among the worst when it comes to enviroment and labour conditions.

We want to challenge all of that.

Textile production was once a vital part of the industry in Oslo and Norway. That is now long gone. Instead lies a common understanding that large-scale textile production in a country like Norway is close to impossible.

At the same time, the textile industry is among the worst when it comes to environment and labour conditions.

We want to challenge all of that.

So how?
Step 1

So how?
Step 1

LOCAL PRODUCTION

Northern Playground has until now manufactured all products in different European countries. We have dreamed about setting up local production in Oslo, but the skills and equipment that were once an important part of Oslo’s work force, are now long gone.

Luckily, we have found women that have both the skills and the motivation to help us. The Somali women in the Kulmis network are creating jobs and opportunities for unemployed women in our local community. In Tøyen, Oslo we have set up a sewing facility where products have been being made since summer 2018.

This project is being run completely without outside funding. Together we want to build this on business principles and create a sustainable income for all parts.

Doesn't production in Oslo cost too much? Well, it definitely costs more than in low-cost countries. We sell our products directly to you without intermediaries. This way we and our seamstresses can keep enough money for things to go 'round. In addition you have to pay a little more than you might normally.

Northern Playground has until now manufactured all products in different European countries. We have dreamed about setting up local production in Oslo, but the skills and equipment that were once an important part of Oslo’s work force, are now long gone.

Luckily, we have found women that have both the skills and the motivation to help us. The Somali women in the Kulmis network are creating jobs and opportunities for unemployed women in our local community. In Tøyen, Oslo we have set up a sewing facility where beanies and necks made with merino wool are being made in the blink of an eye.

This project is being run completely without outside funding. Together we want to build this on business principles and create a sustainable income for all parts.

Doesn't production in Oslo cost too much? Well, it definitely costs more than in low-cost countries. We sell our products directly to you without intermediaries. This way we and our seamstresses can keep enough money for things to go 'round. In addition you have to pay a little more than you might normally.

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Step 2

Step 2

FABRICS

Often times clothing brands don’t use up their fabrics in production. These fabrics are then just left behind and thrown away. 

We want to create a system where these fabrics are given new life and turned into Northern Playground products. Normal production is not rigged for small-scale operations, but the production in Tøyen is perfect for smaller series and makes the revival of these fabrics possible.

Needless to say, we apply the same demands to quality, design and functionality as we do with our other products.

The first products being produced are beanies and necks in 100% merino wool - available in colors black and white.

Note: Limited edition! (The products in this project are dependant on the fabrics we find and will vary in color, material and quantity.)

Often times clothing brands don’t use up their fabrics in production. These fabrics are then just left behind and thrown away. 

We want to create a system where these fabrics are given new life and turned into Northern Playground products. Normal production is not rigged for small-scale operations, but the production in Tøyen is perfect for smaller series and makes the revival of these fabrics possible.

Needless to say, we apply the same demands to quality, design and functionality as we do with our other products.

The first products being produced are beanies and necks in 100% merino wool - available in colors black and white.

Note: Limited edition! (The products in this project are dependant on the fabrics we find and will vary in color, material and quantity.)

Tøyen Beanie
Tøyen Beanie and Neck - Northern Playground (1)

Step 3

Step 3

ENVIRONMENTAL TAX
ENVIRONMENTAL TAX

The last part of the journey is our environmental tax.

For every sale on our webpage we donate a sum of money to the Development Fund Norway. They have deforestation programs in Ethiopia and Somalia, and together we make sure new trees are planted.

That way we create new jobs, stop deforestation and offset the Co2 emissions caused by the production and shipment of our products. The environmental tax regards sales of all our products.

Read more about what we do for the environment here.

The last part of the journey is our environmental tax.

For every sale on our webpage we donate a sum of money to the Development Fund Norway. They have deforestation programs in Ethiopia and Somalia, and together we make sure new trees are planted.

That way we create new jobs, stop deforestation and offset the Co2 emissions caused by the production and shipment of our products. The environmental tax regards sales of all our products.

Read more about what we do for the environment here.

So what?

So what?

It is difficult to create business models without hurting people and our planet. And honestly, we don’t know if this is the answer.

But we have to try. 

And yes, you as a customer pay a little extra for all of this, but we hope you think it's worth it.

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OUR STORY

It all started with two sweaty friends and a YouTube sewing tutorial. Trial and error is what counts, and we've done plenty of both getting to where we are today.

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