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    Sustainability

     



    With our mission to be a global fashion brand comes a great responsibility to think and act sustainable on all levels. On this journey it is all about awareness in choices of material, production, transportation and consumption, while at the same time striving for innovations and solutions that can really be a game changer. These are our everyday commitments.

    For the full story, read our sustainability report 2018. The most important highlights and commitments from the report are listed below:

    Sustainability

     


     

    With our mission to be a global fashion brand comes a great responsibility to think and act sustainable on all levels. On this journey it is all about awareness in choices of material, production, transportation and consumption, while at the same time striving for innovations and solutions that can really be a game changer. These are our everyday commitments.

    For the full story, read our sustainability report 2018. The most important highlights and commitments from the report are listed below:

     

    Sustainability

     


     

    With being a global fashion brand comes a great responsibility to think and act sustainable. It is all about awareness in choices of material, production, transportation and consumption, while at the same time striving for innovations and solutions. These are our everyday commitments.

    For the full story, read our sustainability report 2018. The most important highlights and commitments from the report are listed below:

    CONSCIOUS DESIGNS

    Focusing on materials

     


     

    We are committed to select material with less strain on planet and people (page 12-16 in the report). These were our achievements in 2018.

     

    • Chrome-free tanned leather, selected for all components close to bare skin to prevent allergies.

    • Organic GOTS-certified cotton replaces conventional cotton for linings and insocks for less environmental impact.

    • Recycled polyester replaces new polyester to save natural resources.

    CONSCIOUS DESIGNS

    Focusing on materials

     


     

    We are committed to select material with less strain on planet and people (page 12-16 in the report). These were our achievements in 2018.

     

    • Chrome-free tanned leather, selected for all componenets close to bare skin to prevent allergies.
    • Organic GOTS-certified cotton replaces conventional cotton for linings and insocks for less environmental impact.
    • Recycled polyester replaces new polyester to save natural resources.

    SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION

    A cooperation and dialogue with the end consumer with the aim to create more circular fashion

     


     

    In 2018 we have been focusing on further actions to close the loop within production – distribution – consumption (page 3, 8, 12 & 24).

     

    • During 2018, our remaining stores joined the Shoe Bring Back program. This means that you can leave shoes for systematic reuse and circular recycling in all our concept stores.

    • We made continuous trials with post-consumer rubber, directly deriving from our Shoe Bring Back volumes, to take further steps towards closing the loop.

    PRODUCTION & SOCIAL

    Continuous improvements of the working environment

     


     

    Safety in the working environment is improved by close cooperation with our suppliers (page 10, 22-23 & 32-33). These are the main achievements for 2018:

     

    • Further commitment to share know-how widely, by education both to management and to our co-workers in the production.

    • During 2018 we have been proceeding with our innovative "glue project" aiming to replace harmful chemicals in production. First tests conducted during the year with promising results.

    SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION

    A cooperation and dialogue with the end consumer with the aim to create more circular fashion

     


     

    In 2018 we have been focusing on further actions to close the loop within production – distribution – consumption (page 3, 8, 12 & 24).

     

    • During 2018, our remaining stores joined the Shoe Bring Back program. This means that you can leave shoes for systematic reuse and circular recycling in all our concept stores.
    • We made continuous trials with post-consumer rubber, directly deriving from our Shoe Bring Back volumes, to take further steps towards closing the loop.

    PRODUCTION & SOCIAL

    Continuous improvements of the working enivonment

     


     

    Safety in the working environment is improved by close cooperation with our suppliers (page 10, 22-23 & 32-33). These are the main achievements for 2018:

     

    • Further commitment to share know-how widely, by education both to management and to our co-workers in the production.
    • During 2018 we have been proceeding with our innovative "glue project" aiming to replace harmful chemicals in production. First tests conducted during the year with promising results.

    PRODUCTION & ENVIRONMENT

    Minimizing emission & use of natural resources

     


     

    The use of fossil energy must be reduced. And so must the use of processed water from our industry (page 18-20). This is a longterm commitment and for 2018 we report: 

     

    • In 2018 we stated that we aim to reduce our CO2 emissions deriving from goods transport by 50% until 2030.

    • The learnings from the STWI cooperation was used both in hands-on factory projects, and in the education about energy and water usage.

    STAFF & ENGAGEMENT

    A conscious integration of sustainable business throughout our operations

     


     

    We continue aiming to enable each person and function within our business to make conscious and sustainable everyday choices (page 8-9, 12 & 27).

     

    • Circular design framework was applied to strengthen sustainable material choices within our product development.

    • Our international sales representatives were trained in sustainability from a global perspective, including Agenda 2030.

    PRODUCTION & ENVIRONMENT

    Minimizing emission & use of natural resources

     


     

    The use of fossil energy must be reduced. And so must the use of processed water from our industry (page 18-20). This is a longterm commitment and for 2018 we report:

     

    • In 2018 we stated that we aim to reduce our CO2 emissions deriving from goods transport by 50% until 2030.
    • The learnings from the STWI cooperation was used both in hands-on factory projects, and in the education about energy and water usage.

    STAFF & ENGAGEMENT

    A conscious integration of sustainable business throughout our operations

     


     

    We continue aiming to enable each person and function within our business to make conscious and sustainable everyday choices (page 8-9, 12 & 27).

     

    • Circular design framework applied from the early product development.
    • International sales representatives training: the global perspective, including Agenda 2030, is educted to our sales force.

     

    VAGABOND NEWS

     


     

     

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    NEW MATERIAL FOR THE FUTURE


    Everybody talks about Tencel™, the cellulose material with cotton-like properties which can help to ease the strain on our planet.

    Starting 2019, we introduce Tencel™ in our collections as an alternative to the GOTS cotton and as one of the actions to reduce our water footprint. The Tencel™ Lyocell fibers originate from wood derived from responsible forestry. Tencel production is a closed loop process that significantly reduces the need of water, energy and chemicals in the manufacturing of the material. “We introduce Tencel™ as an alternative to the organic GOTS-certified cotton. Not only is this good for the planet, but the material also has the gentle feel against the skin and is moist-absorbing which makes it a suitable material for the inside of our shoes. We are happy with how it has turned out” says Ulrika Simonsson, Sustainability Manager at Vagabond.

     

     


     

     

    THE BETTER-GLUE-PROJECT


    For the best durability of a shoe, high-quality glue needs to be used when mounting crucial parts, like the outsole. Inevitably, these glues contain substances which could be harmful to man or planet if not handled correctly.

    In our continuous strive to reduce risks of harm to people or planet, we decided to join forces with SWEREA, a Swedish test and research laboratory, in a project aiming to improve the glues that are currently used and find more healthy alternatives. “Current glues have been modified and the first tests with alternative methods have been conducted in our own workshop in Varberg and even if there are more to do before we can launch in the producing units, the results are promising” says Maria Olander, Head of Design at Vagabond Shoemakers.

     

     


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    SHOE BRING BACK WORLDWIDE

     

    Now all Vagabond concept stores in selected cities in Europe are able to offer Shoe Bring Back, a combined reuse and recycle service which is revolutionary for the shoe business.

    Last out were the stores in Moscow and St Petersburg and the response has been very positive from day one. “We are so pleased that we can now offer this project in all stores” says Anna Fahle Björcke, Head of Communications at Vagabond. “With Shoe Bring Back we want to set light on the importance of reuse and recycling. Most of our shoes are not sold through our concept stores, but by developing this service in our own channels we want to encourage and invite to talk about, and act to close the loop”.

     

     

     

    VAGABOND NEWS

     


     

     

    Sustainability-vagabond-news-tencel-Tablet.png

     

     

    NEW MATERIAL FOR THE FUTURE


    Everybody talks about Tencel™, the cellulose material with cotton-like properties which can help to ease the strain on our planet.

    Starting 2019, we introduce Tencel™ in our collections as an alternative to the GOTS cotton and as one of the actions to reduce our water footprint. The Tencel™ Lyocell fibers originate from wood derived from responsible forestry. Tencel production is a closed loop process that significantly reduces the need of water, energy and chemicals in the manufacturing of the material. “We introduce Tencel™ as an alternative to the organic GOTS-certified cotton. Not only is this good for the planet, but the material also has the gentle feel against the skin and is moist-absorbing which makes it a suitable material for the inside of our shoes. We are happy with how it has turned out” says Ulrika Simonsson, Sustainability Manager at Vagabond.

     

     


     

     

    THE BETTER-GLUE-PROJECT


    For the best durability of a shoe, high-quality glue needs to be used when mounting crucial parts, like the outsole. Inevitably, these glues contain substances which could be harmful to man or planet if not handled correctly.

    In our continuous strive to reduce risks of harm to people or planet, we decided to join forces with SWEREA, a Swedish test and research laboratory, in a project aiming to improve the glues that are currently used and find more healthy alternatives. “Current glues have been modified and the first tests with alternative methods have been conducted in our own workshop in Varberg and even if there are more to do before we can launch in the producing units, the results are promising” says Maria Olander, Head of Design at Vagabond Shoemakers.

     

     


    Sustainability-vagabond-news-shoe-bring-back-Tablet.png

     

     

    SHOE BRING BACK WORLDWIDE

     

    Now all Vagabond concept stores in selected cities in Europe are able to offer Shoe Bring Back, a combined reuse and recycle service which is revolutionary for the shoe business.

    Last out were the stores in Moscow and St Petersburg and the response has been very positive from day one. “We are so pleased that we can now offer this project in all stores” says Anna Fahle Björcke, Head of Communications at Vagabond. “With Shoe Bring Back we want to set light on the importance of reuse and recycling. Most of our shoes are not sold through our concept stores, but by developing this service in our own channels we want to encourage and invite to talk about, and act to close the loop”.

     

     

     

    VAGABOND NEWS

     


     

     

     

    NEW MATERIAL FOR THE FUTURE

     

    Everybody talks about Tencel™, the cellulose material with cotton-like properties which can help to ease the strain on our planet.

     

    Starting 2019, we introduce Tencel™ in our collections as an alternative to the GOTS cotton and as one of the actions to reduce our water footprint. The Tencel™ Lyocell fibers originate from wood derived from responsible forestry. Tencel production is a closed loop process that significantly reduces the need of water, energy and chemicals in the manufacturing of the material. “We introduce Tencel™ as an alternative to the organic GOTS-certified cotton. Not only is this good for the planet, but the material also has the gentle feel against the skin and is moist-absorbing which makes it a suitable material for the inside of our shoes. We are happy with how it has turned out” says Ulrika Simonsson, Sustainability Manager at Vagabond.

     

    Sustainability-vagabond-news-tencel.png

     


     

    THE BETTER-GLUE-PROJECT

     

    For the best durability of a shoe, high-quality glue needs to be used when mounting crucial parts, like the outsole. Inevitably, these glues contain substances which could be harmful to man or planet if not handled correctly.

     

    In our continuous strive to reduce risks of harm to people or planet, we decided to join forces with SWEREA, a Swedish test and research laboratory, in a project aiming to improve the glues that are currently used and find more healthy alternatives. “Current glues have been modified and the first tests with alternative methods have been conducted in our own workshop in Varberg and even if there are more to do before we can launch in the producing units, the results are promising” says Maria Olander, Head of Design at Vagabond Shoemakers.

     


     

    SHOE BRING BACK WORLDWIDE

     

    Now all Vagabond concept stores in selected cities in Europe are able to offer Shoe Bring Back, a combined reuse and recycle service which is revolutionary for the shoe business.

     

    Last out were the stores in Moscow and St Petersburg and the response has been very positive from day one. “We are so pleased that we can now offer this project in all stores” says Anna Fahle Björcke, Head of Communications at Vagabond. “With Shoe Bring Back we want to set light on the importance of reuse and recycling. Most of our shoes are not sold through our concept stores, but by developing this service in our own channels we want to encourage and invite to talk about, and act to close the loop”.

     

    Sustainability-vagabond-news-shoe-bring-back.png

     

    COOPERATIONS, COMMITMENTS & SUPPLIERS

     

     

    ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIAL OTHER

     

    Global Fashion Agenda

     

    The Chemical Group

     

    I:CO

     

    RISE/Swerea

     

    STWI

     

    Nordic Shoe Network

     

    UK Modern Slavery Act

     

    Fur Free Retailer

     

    California Transparancy in supply chains act

     

    CSR Västsverige

     

    Suppliers

    COOPERATIONS, COMMITMENTS & SUPPLIERS

     

     

    ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIAL OTHER

     

    Global Fashion Agenda

     

    The Chemical Group

     

    I:CO

     

    RISE/Swerea

     

    STWI

     

    Nordic Shoe Network

     

    UK Modern Slavery Act

     

    Fur Free Retailer

     

    California transparancy in supply chains act

     

    CSR Västsverige

     

    Suppliers

    COOPERATIONS, COMMITMENTS & SUPPLIERS

     

    ENVIRONMENTAL

     

    Global Fashion Agenda

     

    The Chemical Group

     

    I:CO

     

    RISE/Swerea

     

    STWI

     

     

    SOCIAL

     

    Nordic Shoe Network

     

    UK Modern Slavery Act

     

    Fur Free Retailer

     

    California transparancy in supply chains act

     

     

    OTHER

     

    CSR Västsverige

     

    Suppliers

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