During 2022 Fristads prevented 3,668 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere by contributing approximately €9,806 to a biomass energy project in India.
”It is the third year that we compensate for the emissions of carbon dioxide that are associated with the production of our Outdoor garments. Our goal is to cut our emissions of carbon dioxide by 50 percent by 2030 and we are working on several fronts to succeed. Carbon offsets are a good complement to all the other actions that we are taking to reduce our emissions and make our production more sustainable,” said Anne Nilsson, Marketing Director at Fristads and responsible for Fristads’ sustainability efforts.
A portion of the revenue from the sales of the Outdoor collection in 2022 has been used to support a project in Punjab, India, that turns biomass into energy. The energy is generated by combusting organic matter like rice husks, animal waste, sawmill waste and palm oil waste and is used by textile manufacturing facilities located at the same site. The project not only avoids the use of fossil fuels, but it also provides employment to local communities and business opportunities for local stakeholders. The emissions reductions of the project are estimated at 582,210 tonnes of CO2 aeq. over the crediting period of 10 years. The project is listed on the United Nations Carbon Offset Platform.
Aiming to lead the industry within sustainability
For Fristads, sustainability is a top priority, and the goal is to lead the industry in this area. As a part of the work to reduce the environmental impact of its business, Fristads has developed a workwear collection where all garments have a so-called Environmental Product Declaration, or EPD, which discloses the total environmental impact of the garment, from fibre to delivery at the warehouse. Fristads has used the insights from developing an EPD standard for the clothing industry to increase resource efficiency throughout its entire production process.
”Clothing production causes four to eight percent of all global emissions of greenhouse gases and we need to do our part to reduce that number. For us it’s a given that everybody should have access to durable and sustainable clothes both at home and at work, but we don’t want the production to cause unnecessary strain on the climate,” said Anne Nilsson.