Sustainability


SUSTAINABILITY

Responsibility in our DNA


Sustainability has been the basis of our actions in Bonden and it has been an essential part of our DNA since the beginning. We want to contribute to sustainability with all our actions. As a starting point, all of our materials and products are ecologically and ethically manufactured. Additionally, we want to support the revitalization of the Nordic handicraft skills. We make our products with local artisans and skilled manufacturers from the materials with Nordic traditions.

In our collection, we use exclusively renewable materials that are furthermore dyed with natural colors that do not contain toxic chemicals. The entire supply chain of our textiles is based in Finland. We do not produce seasonal collections, instead, our product portfolio is built to be permanent. When a new product fulfills the criteria of compatibility it is simply added to the collection.

 

We can always do a better job. Responsibility is a concept that is constantly on the move and develops as we learn more about it. To fight for sustainability one has to be ready for continuous learning and implement change in practice, through everyday actions. We continue the daily work to reduce our emissions and started measuring our carbon footprint and publishing the results year 2019.

 

We have calculated our carbon footprint according to OpenCO2.net and Ilmastobisnes.fi footprint calculation tools. Our total amount of emissions were 5,66 tkg CO2 e (just to compare, the total carbon footprint of an average Finn is more than 10 tkgCO2e/person/year). We have compensated all our climate emissions calculated in 2019  through the Finnish carbon footprint compensation company  CO2esto.

Tender Nordic material from Finland


94,2 million € worth of wool products are imported to Finland annually (Customs database). However, we have plenty of good domestic wool, since Finnish lamb wool is a meat production by-product. 346 000 kg of Finnish lamb wool is extracted per year, from which only 100 000 kg is utilized, mere 30% of the potential amount.  This is as , unfortunately, the price the sheep farmer receives from the wool is so low that 70% of it ends up being disposed rather than applied in further production (Luke Uusivu-hanke).

The production of home textiles is raw material intensive, therefore more sustainable solutions are needed. Bonden has brought this traditional handicraft material to the context of home textile and small industrial-scale manufacturing. To achieve this, we have developed the properties of its material construction to be suitable for year around use. By using this material, we create demand for diversity of breed and improved wool quality and add to its economic importance. We bring out the best characteristics of Finnish lamb wool without adding harmful chemicals or plastics.


We respect the nature


Such as in the case of several raw-materials, toxic chemicals can be applied in the processing of wool. This happens especially in the biggest wool-producing countries such as China, Australia, and New Zealand where industrial farming methods are in use. In industrial farming, leach animals are poisoned with chemicals and painful mulesing is conducted. Factory farmed sheep herds contribute towards erosion and destruction of the diversity of nature.

Non-industrial sheep wool production is considered a more sustainable solution. Favorable living conditions translate into higher quality lamb wool. The Finnish lamb race resembles the wool sheep and therefore its wool has its own unprocessed, natural feel. Due to our Nordic climate, there is no need for painful mulesing practices. To avoid erosion the sheep in Finland are free to graze in summer and house during harsh winters. We do not use pesticides to control parasite infections. Our legislation secures animal rights and curbs the use of chemicals.
For this reason, we have selected it as our main raw material.


In our collection, we use exclusively renewable materials that are furthermore dyed with natural colors that do not contain toxic chemicals. With Finnish lambwool we combine a range of other natural materials such as GOTS-certificated organic cotton and -wool as well as European natural linen.

Hyperlocal production


Ecological and ethical questions need to be cleared.  Unemployment rates remain high in Finland. Also, handicraft skills and local production is disappearing know-how, that we can’t allow to lose. Luckily, we still have skilled craftswomen and men left. However, these small local manufacturers need more support to keep up with the pace of development. We need more sustainable demand to create jobs locally. It is also important to renew the traditions and make sure that the final results are characterized by a sense for craftsmanship and good design.

For us, social sustainability means the creation of employment and new know-how domestically. The Finnish lamb wool is spun, plant dyed, and knitted in Finland, also the final products are sewn here.  We want to play a part in renewing domestic know-how in the intersection of traditional craftmanship and small industrial-scale manufacturing. In co-operation with our suppliers, we have developed a new combed wool yarn suitable for industrial machines out of Finnish lamb wool traditionally used in handicrafts.


Timeless products that are combinable with each other


We do not provide seasonal collections, instead, our product portfolio is built to be permanent. When a new product fulfills the criteria of timelessness and combinability, it is simply added to the collection. A permanent collection makes the selection of the products easier as well as enhances usability. This is as the materials, textures as well as colors, are designed so that the new product is combinable with other Bonden products.

 

Natural, like your skin


By making non-toxic products we want to contribute to a more sustainable solution in the textile industry and to the wellness of nature and human.

Since the beginning, our mission has been to bring the natural special characteristics of raw materials for your benefit, for every season of the Year. According to the research of University of Lapland, Finnish lambwool is such a material that no technology can copy its quality:

  • it helps in chronic pain and problems related to blood circulation
  • it prevents skin allergies and has other skincare functionalities e.g can be applied to treat damaged skin
  • it helps you wind down, the touch of it has a soothing and relaxing effect
  • it controls heat, breaths well, and retains the natural body temperature in cold and warm alike
  • it is water and dirt repellent because in Finnish lamb wool lanoline, lambs own grease, the most expensive part of wool, is retained

Back to nature


We manufacture our products to standard measurements, due to this minimal waste is generated in the production process. We consider the cutting edge of the knitted to measure fabrics is also considered as cutting waste. Other than chaff we utilize almost all of our cutting waste in the manufacturing of new products.
•    From the cutting waste of the 100% wool felt, we have already produced custom stools and rugs
•    From the cutting waste of the 100% woven wool, we will launch Zero Waste collection in February 2021

• In any case untreated wool is a renewable material. If it would end up in the nature it would not generate any pollution

Goal: 100% wool makes a good raw material even when it's reused. We are currently investigating the possibility of the return of used wool products.

Follow up-programme to reduce our emissions


All our climate emissions calculated in 2019 are compensated through the Finnish carbon footprint compensation company CO2esto. Our aim is the year-to-year reduction of emissions, which we track with the use of indicators. The emissions we cannot reduce ourselves, we compensate.

The lion’s share of our carbon footprint comes from the raw materials purchased. Other significant sources of emissions include the shipping of raw materials and products as well as business travels.

*Our carbon footprint is however still overestimated. The calculation tools applied do not take into consideration that we use GOTS-certified wool and Finnish lamb wool. On the contrary, a standard rate is applied to all emissions from wool, despite of its origin or how it has been processed.

Every one of us generates emissions, which have to be cut throughout!  We are keen to learn more about sustainability. Let us know if you have ideas on how to make the world better through the use of Finnish lamb wool!

info(at)bonden.fi