10 facts about sustainability at PO.P

At Polarn O. Pyret we are passionate about our environment and its sustainability. Here are some facts:

1. 26% of PO.P’s total climate impact derives from the customer’s use of our products, including product care. A hefty 23% of this derives from people travelling to and from our stores* – so using public transport, bicycling or walking the next time you go shopping could reduce imapct straight off!

2. An average item of clothing in Northern Europe has a lifetime of 2.2 years. By extending the lifetime of garments by 9 months, we can reduce the burden on the climate by a substantial 27% and reduce water consumption by 33%. * Swedish Society for Nature Conservation. If you are tired of your old clothes even though they can still be used, it is much better to sell them or give them away so they can continue to be used. Doing so further extends the lifetime of the garments. 

3. Polarn O. Pyret cooperates with World Childhood Foundation, which works to ensure the right of all children to a childhood. Cooperation includes, for example, Poppy, the soft toy with a striped shirt, being sold to help raise money for Childhood’s work. For each rabbit that is sold, £2.50 goes directly to World Childhood Foundation.

3. Quality Polarn O. Pyret clothes command one of the highest re-sale prices on ebay and similar sites? There are even special facebook buying and selling groups just for outgrown PO.P clothes!

4. Polarn O. Pyret’s products are quality tested at laboratories, and production is monitored to ensure that the garments are sustainable and do not bleed, shrink or bobble.

5. Our quality and chemical requirements are often higher than those employed in the industry in general as well as those imposed by legislation. For example, Polarn O. Pyret does not use any fluorocarbon-based water repellent treatment, that is...no PFC's!

6. Polarn O. Pyret performs inspections of all of the factories with which the company works. We do this by means of third-party inspections through BSCI, where over 1,900 brands have joined forces to place the same type of demands on their suppliers. Furthermore, we also perform our own follow-up visits on an ongoing basis and hold courses in order to achieve constant improvement of both the environment and working conditions.

7. In 2016, European and Swedish legislation will go into effect that requires companies to report their sustainability work. Polarn O. Pyret has been doing this since 2007. If you are interested in reading about our sustainability work as a whole, the sustainability reports are available here: http://www.rnb.se/Vart-ansvar/HALLBARHETSRAPPORT/

8. 80% of PO.P’s range consists of cotton. Our goal is for 100% of our cotton range to consist of more sustainable cotton by 2020, e.g. organic, GOTS or Better Cotton. We had achieved 39% by autumn 2015.

9. When asked about what aspects are considered to be the most environmentally friendly, Polarn O. Pyret’s customers rank good quality and timeless design at the top. Bingo!

10. In a survey conducted by the Differ strategy consulting agency, that Polarn O. Pyret topped the list for the fifth year in a row when consumers were asked to rank which company in the clothing industry they considered to be the most green?

*Mistra Future Fashion (Roos, Sandin, Zarnani, Peters. Environmental assessment of Swedish fashion consumption. Five garments – sustainable futures. Mistra Future Fashion, 2015).