Keep going, Tech corner & Impact | ODLO Community

making shipping greener

From design to your doorstep, making shipping greener 

While we put a lot of work into minimizing our footprint where possible, shipping is a necessary part of our business. From samples to distribution – each step requires moving product from A to B. We’re not alone in this process. We are however responsible for it – one of the reasons why we’re working to make it more sustainable. Here’s how. 

making shipping greener

From design to your doorstep, making shipping greener 

While we put a lot of work into minimizing our footprint where possible, shipping is a necessary part of our business. From samples to distribution – each step requires moving product from A to B. Here’s how. 

sustainability 07.12.2021

Many steps along the way 
Crafting performance apparel takes a lot of steps. To make base layers, for example, you have materials, samples, a test phase, more samples – then finally fabrics and manufacturing – each step requiring the movement of goods. Once it’s time for that layer to go into production, we source fabrics and ship them to our manufacturing centre in Romania by sea, train or truck.

Why here and why not by plane?

Sea, train and transport truck are the cheapest and greenest methods when it comes to shipping. But Romania is critical for other reasons.

Most of our customers can be reached easily from Romania by land. Spotting this, we updated our facility in 2018, and now 70 per cent of our performance apparel is made here. Last year this shift meant we could move 90 per cent of our product from Romania to Brüggen, Germany, (our distribution centre) by train and truck, cutting CO² emissions by 40,543kgs.

A big step. Many left to go.   

But what happens when a customer clicks?

When customers shop online – and we’re thankful when they do – that base layer or merino top must go from Germany to wherever they are – quickly. Generally, this means using a box – a step that also has a separate CO² footprint. Seeing we could do better here, last year we started working with Climate Partner – a supplier that makes climate neutral boxes.


Climate Partner calculates the CO² impact of each box, which we then offset by supporting a climate project equaling the CO² impact of that shipment. When we ship now, it’s with a QR code which tells a story about emissions and the corresponding project we’re supporting to offset it.


Similarly, shipping (fuel) emissions get offset too, by working with shipping companies that calculate total CO² emissions and correspondingly supporting green projects. As of September 2021, 97 per cent of the ~250,000 parcels we ship per year are offset. 

Still more to be done 

All we can do be a better partner to the planet and protect the places we love most is to continue taking these and other steps towards sustainability. Albeit small, they all add up.


We’ll keep you updated on our progress in these pages. Thanks for reading. 

SHARE

Stories that might also interest you

Introducing the WeAct kids’ collection

by odlo-en-gb
Introducing the WeAct kids’ collection

This summer we will release six new styles for kids made from factory scraps and introduce more each year for the next three years. In that time, we expect to divert 12.3 tones of fabric from being thrown out or incinerated.

Committed to climate advocacy

by odlo-en-gb
ODLO's commitment to climate advocacy

ODLO and Protect Our Winters Switzerland are working together to give climate advocacy the voice it deserves. Join us on November 10th for a special POW event that discusses our shared commitment.