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. By Mark Cohen
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.
Every second, one truckload of textiles is landfilled or incinerated. Globally, only around 20% of all used garments are collected for reuse or recycling. At ODLO we are committed to giving used sports clothes a second life, so they don’t end up polluting our landfills.
For the fifth consecutive year, ODLO has been awarded Leader status from the Fair Wear Foundation. This rating is given to selected clothing manufacturers for their efforts to continuously improve working conditions in their supply chains.
The results of the new sustainability report show a steady progress in product, social and environmental areas.
Today, ODLO announced support for the “Vote Now, Ride Later” campaign – an effort by Protect our Winters (POW) Switzerland, an NGO – to lobby for stricter climate policy in an upcoming Swiss CO2 Bill. A close ODLO corporate sustainability partner, POW is advocating for amendments that will define Switzerland's climate policy through 2030.“We must take action now to protect our planet for future generations” said Knut Are Høgberg, ODLO CEO “This bill moves Switzerland in the right direction to avoid critical consequences of global warming which is why we’ve aligned with POW in this action.”“Effective, equitable and innovative - the new CO2 bill is crucial for the protection of our passion, the mountains. For this reason, it is essential that the outdoor community votes yes to the law on June 13, 2021. Without this bill, we lose valuable time on our path to curbing climate change. But there is no time to lose, emissions are rising steadily” said Nicholas Bornstein, POW Switzerland Founder.After more than three years of discussions in parliament, the amended CO2 bill was passed by the National Council and the Council of States in the fall of 2020. Despite this, representatives of the oil and automotive industries, supported by the Schweizerische Volkspartei (SVP), are opposing the parliamentary majority and have launched a referendum to prevent the new law from coming into force. Now the new CO2 bill will be put to the vote on June 13, 2021.“The CO2 bill helps protecting our passion, our passion of being in the outdoors. And it paves the way for Switzerland’s economy to become more innovative and climate-friendly and to undergo a transformation that will not only help our planet but will also create jobs” according to Bornstein.
With company’s best-ever score, Fair Wear's Performance Check underlines ODLO's commitment to long-term sustainability.
Over-washing apparel can have a major impact on the planet, but there are simple ways to shrink your footprint
ODLO has a stated objective of using 100% sustainable fabrics by 2030. Ambitious, yes, but a path we must take if we are to balance the needs of everyday athletes and the planet.