When we launched our Outdoor collection in 2020, we wanted it to be truly sustainable. In addition to choosing materials with a smaller climate footprint, we vowed to compensate for the carbon dioxide emissions caused by the production of the garments. Now the time has come to make good on that promise.
Globally, clothing production accounts for 10 percent of all emissions of greenhouse gases. We need to do our part to reduce that number. Our goal is to reduce Fristads’ CO2 emissions by 50 percent by 2030 and as a part of that we use a portion of the sales from our Outdoor collection to offset the emissions.
This is how we calculate our climate impact:
Since 2018 we have calculated our climate impact in line with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol, Scope 1 and 2. In 2020, we added Scope 3 as well. Scope 1 and 2 include our energy consumption and heating of our offices and emissions from company owned cars, among other things. Scope 3 involves emissions outside our own walls, throughout our value chain – from the materials that we purchase and energy use of our suppliers, to transportation and the disposal of the goods once they have reached the end of their life. To get the most reliable and accurate figures possible, Fristads’ climate calculations are always reviewed by an independent third-party expert. You can read more about our work to reduce our climate impact in our Sustainability Report.
Solar-powered water heaters in India
In 2020, Fristads prevented 339 tonnes of CO2 from being released into the atmosphere by contributing $5,000 to a program that funds solar water heaters for Indian families.
India is a country that is highly dependent on electricity from fossil fuels despite being rich in solar resources. As many as 90 percent of urban residents in western India use electricity to heat water, which not only causes large emissions of carbon dioxide but also contributes to frequent power outages. India has about 300 sunny days per year, but awareness of solar energy in the country is low and many people do not trust non-electric solutions.
The UN program that Fristads is supporting attempts to change this attitude by raising awareness of solar energy and curbing emissions in the process. Additionally, the program provides jobs for local workers and gives people a reliable source of electricity, making the program environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.