The Environmental Footprint Pledge
The Environmental Footprint Pledge is the framework for our sustainability commitment and promise. We believe that every step counts and that we can contribute to a more sustainable future. We are focusing our efforts on five key commitments: Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Product development, Packaging materials, Transports, Our industry and Ourselves.
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
Our goal is to implement a Life Cycle Assessment on the majority of our products by 2025. A Life Cycle Assessment is based on a model for calculating a product’s impact on the environment throughout its full life cycle, both positively and negatively.
- Develop Brunngård LCA model
Developing products with as low environmental impact as possible is an important goal for us. In recent years, we have focused on developing highly functional products with as much natural raw materials as possible.
- Biodegradeable focus in all raw materials
- High degree of concentration
- Vegetable tanning for leathers
- No raw materials from ECHA candidate list
- Cooperate with external organizations in development of more environmentally friendly products
No packaging produced is fully environmentally friendly, but there are packaging and materials with significantly different environmental impact.
- Minimize packaging materials in all parts
- Use recycled materials in packaging
- Use packaging that can be recycled
- Use biodegradable packaging materials, such as FSC paper
Production close to the end user usually minimizes the carbon footprint. Therefore, our goal is to have local production or production close to where we sell the highest volumes.
We plan stock levels, orders and shipments, which means that unnecessary transports can be avoided. By offering alternative business models for our customers’ replenishment of goods, we can reduce outgoing shipments.
- Local production close to end user
- Boat or train transports in full containers
- Expand stock volumes to avoid air freight
- Business model that reduces the frequency of outbound shipping
In the last five years, the sneaker industry has almost doubled. Current industry estimates predicts that the global market for sport shoes will exceed 95 billion (USD) in 2025. Production of one pair of sneakers corresponds to emissions of 14 kgs of CO2. The combined CO2 footprint for sneaker production accounts for 1.4 % of global greenhouse gas emissions, which can be compared to air travel which accounts for 2.5 % of CO2 emissions. By extending the lifetime of a pair of sneakers from one to two years, the CO2 footprint can be lowered by 50 %.
- Promote REUSE to extend product lifetime paper
Within Brunngård, we constantly work with a 360 perspective to improve how we can act more sustainably. This includes continuous analysis and improvements on how we can develop a more efficient business model throughout our value chain, from sourcing and distribution to customers and consumers.
- Sustainability analysis and review of all parts of our operations