Climate change is Gina Tricot’s biggest challenge. All our production, transport, travel, and buildings produce emissions and affect the size of our carbon footprint. We are constantly working to find better, more sustainable options and reduce our climate impact.
Gina Tricot is part of the Swedish Textile Initiative for Climate Action (STICA). This platform helps Swedish textile companies and organisations increase understanding of our climate impact and how this can be handled in the best possible way. Thus, we must evaluate our impact throughout the manufacturing process and work hard to minimise the entire company’s climate impact. Everything from fibre to garment can be recycled!
In 2018, we introduced carbon offsetting for the climate impact arising from transportation of products from Pakistan and Turkey. Together these transports make up 55 % of all our product transports. Our use of carbon offsetting, together with our membership in STICA, minimises our carbon footprint from product to organisation. We believe that our commitment to STICA gives us more knowledge and tools to become a climate-neutral company in the long term.
Our shared goals with STICA are as follows:
• Understand all aspects of our climate impact, in all business streams
• Measure our greenhouse gas emissions
• Develop science-based goals and plans to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions in line with 1.5 °C global warming
• Develop a process and structure for reporting and communication of our organisation’s progress and impact
• Identify measures that generate business advantages and organise collaborations to reduce emissions in areas of the value chain that we cannot control
In 2020 we initiated a partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to ensure that Gina Tricot’s water strategy complies with the WWF model for Water Stewardship.
We’ve already started using the WWF’s Water Risk Filter (WRF) online tool. This gives us the possibility as a brand to investigate, assess, and respond to water risks in our supply chain. This is the first step towards a more sustainable and responsible use of water in our supply chain. We’ve started with one of our largest denim suppliers in Turkey to work with its water-intensive operations. We’ve collected data regarding water use, for example the quantities and types of water used, amount of water discharge, and the locations of water discharge.
During the collaboration, we’ll continue to evaluate our risks, and develop goals, strategies, and action plans based on those risks as well as the opportunities that we have to improve the water environment.
the nordic swan ecolabel
Since autumn 2019, Gina Tricot has worked with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel initiative. The Swan is one of the world’s leading and most stringent environmental labelling schemes. This is a Type 1 environmental label, which means that it is an independent organisation that works according to the life-cycle perspective and with a holistic approach to development of criteria.
We are very happy that our popular basic T-shirts are now certified with the Nordic Swan Ecolabel. These must-have, all-round faves can be styled with just about anything for a fashionable, casual look. Our Swan Ecolabel-marked T-shirts are available in beautiful colours, and are made with reduced environmental impact in every step of production – from raw materials to the finished product.