At home, here in Germany
100% green energy and photovoltaic systems
In March 2008, we began the process of switching entirely to green electricity for our power supply. Alongside reducing our energy consumption, we are focusing on using renewable energy, which we generate by using photovoltaic systems installed at our sites in Idstein and Neu-Wulmstorf.
- 03/2008 – Start of switchover to green energy
- 07/2012 – All locations in Germany/Austria and Switzerland use exclusively green energy
We promote biodiversity
We have redeveloped our campus and converted an area into a colourful meadow of wild flowers. There are insect hotels, nesting and breeding aids, as well as bird baths in the company grounds.
Together with the “Blühendes Idstein” work group, we have planted the ballast bed on the roundabout in front of the company campus with greenery. Native plants now offer sustenance for bees, bumble bees, butterflies and moths and enrich the city’s image with another colourful habitat.
Furthermore, we set great store in the fact that no herbicides are used on flowerbeds or lawns and only bioorganic fertilizers are used.
- 03/2008 – Greening of large parts of the company campus
- 04/2012 – Installation of insect hotels, nesting and breeding aids and bird baths
- 08/2013 – Greening of the roundabout
Environmentally friendly mobility thanks to rail travel, electric vehicles, pedelecs and company bikes
We act as sustainably as possible with regard to mobility. For our employees, this means that for business trips within Germany and bordering countries, travel should be by rail.Furthermore, we try to avoid air travel wherever it makes sense with the aid of our video conferencing systems.
Other initiatives include:
- Electric vehicles and pedelecs charged with 100% green energy at our own charging station
- Our taxi partner in Idstein uses vehicles running on natural gas at our request
- In 2014, our employees covered just under 4,000 km of their commutes by bike as part of the “Mit dem Rad zur Arbeit” (Go by bike to work) initiative from the AOK health insurer. This saved 400 kg of CO2 and burned over 49,000 calories.
Sustainable shop design
Selecting store furnishings based on sustainability
When furnishing our stores, we are mindful of choosing long-lasting natural materials (such as native woods), as well as using components that are recyclable and less harmful to the environment. Furthermore, we have an energy-saving lighting concept, are mindful of the reusability of elements and completely avoid using PVC (either in flooring or other construction components)
- 02/2012 – Optimisation of store furnishing based on ecological criteria
A comprehensive overview of our environmental initiatives
Our 2011/2012 Environmental Report outlines our many years of commitment to ensuring environmentally responsible operations. It describes in detail what we’ve achieved to date and which goals we’ve set ourselves.
In the wider world
bluesign® system partnership 100% bluesign® by 2020
With the help of the bluesign® system, we are making comprehensive chemical management using the best technology available at all levels of our supply chain a reality
We have been a bluesign® system partner since October 2011. Thanks to the bluesign® system, we can guarantee the sustainable production of textiles. bluesign® eradicates environmentally unfriendly and health-damaging substances from the manufacturing process, right from the start. All stages of the process are fully monitored by an independent auditor in order to guarantee environmentally friendly and safe production, as well as compliance with the strictest consumer protection requirements.
The bluesign® standard stands for
- Safe textiles,
- Environmentally friendly production
- Conscious use of resources
Our goal is to obtain all of our fabrics and 75% of our components (such as buttons, zips, drawcords, etc.) from bluesign®-certified manufacturers from 2020 onwards.
- 10/2011 – Jack Wolfskin becomes a bluesign® system Partner
- 08/2012 – First bluesign®-certified materials in the collection
- 02/2015 – We are able to ensure that 63% of our appointed material manufacturers (fabrics and components) have not used hazardous chemicals, including all preliminary stages. 14% of our material suppliers are currently undergoing the bluesign® screening or implementation phase.
- 02/2016 – Two-thirds of apparel fabrics used in our 2016 summer collection are bluesign® approved and meet the highest standards with regard to an effective use of resources, consumer protection, water and air emissions as well as workplace safety.
MRSL – environmentally friendly production
Ban or limit on using certain chemicals in the production process
MRSL stands for Manufacturing Restricted Substances List and refers to a list of chemicals which should not be used or may only be used in limited quantities as they can be harmful to humans or the environment above a certain concentration.
We have developed a uniform MRSL with the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals group (ZDHC) in order to have the greatest possible influence on our suppliers of fabrics and components, with the full weight of the market power of the companies in the ZDHC behind us.
GreenBook – guarantees products free from harmful substances
The requirements regarding products free from harmful substances are listed in the GreenBook
Our requirements for hazardous substances have been summarised in the GreenBook since 2007. All manufacturers, irrespective of whether they supply finished items of apparel, materials or components, must comply with these requirements.
The minimum requirements listed in our GreenBook are based on both worldwide legal requirements, such as REACH, as well as the those of the bluesign® standard and the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100.In order to ensure that the requirements are adhered to, we have outlined a comprehensive test programme to be carried out by independent accredited laboratories in Germany.
- 04/2007 – The GreenBook becomes a binding part of business relationships with all suppliers
- 08/2018: Publication of the updated „Green Book 2018“ view here
Phasing out PFCs – Going the extra mile
The phasing out of fluorine chemicals is a done deal. – We have committed ourselves to having fully achieved this aim by 2020
PFCs (perfluorinated and polyfluorinated compounds) make the outer material of jackets and trousers resistant to water, dirt and oil. The problem is that some chemicals in this group are already known to be toxic (poisonous), persistent (non-degradable) or bioaccumulative (they accumulate in organisms).
As the information available is not conclusive, we would rather err on the side of caution than have to later live with the knowledge that we have damaged people or our planet. We therefore decided in 2012 to eliminate all PFCs from our products by 2020.
In 2009 we had already begun to ban PFOA – a substance that belongs to the PFC group and which was not yet legally regulated but was already regarded critically – from our products.
The switch to PFC-free, water-repellent coatings is in full swing. In order to find straightforward and proven non-critical water-repellent coatings for our products, this topic has become an important issue in our innovation department.
- 01/2009 – Decision to phase out C8 chemicals and ban PFOA
- 09/2012 – Decision to phase out fluorine chemicals
- 02/2013 – Exclusive use of PFC-free waterproof membranes based on polyurethane
- 08/2013 – 50% of Jack Wolfskin’s entire collection is PFC-free read the press release of 12/2013
- 02/2015 – 75% of Jack Wolfskin’s entire collection is PFC-free read the press release of 06/2014
- 02/2016 – 77% of our apparel products for the 2016 summer collection are already PFC-free. This means that we have reached this target two years ahead of schedule.
- 02/2017 – 89 % of our clothing products in the 2017 summer collection is PFC-free.
Transparency and strict controls
The amount of recycled contents in our products is more and more increasing. In order to ensure transparency regarding the origin, all recycled materials are certified according to the Global Recycled Standard (GRS). To guarantee a compliance with thresholds for harmful substances, we are already using bluesign® approved recycled materials for the very most part. It is our goal to exclusively use bluesign® approved recycled materials from 2020 on.
Gaining knowledge and find options for action
Mircoplastic in the oceans is more and more increasing. Mircoplastic, those are merest plastic particles that accumulate in our environment and may harm ecosystems and human beings. Garments are considered to be one of the sources of microplastic due to the regular washing into washing machines where microfibers are washed out each time. We are fully aware about that problem and decided to find answers for the most pressing questions about microfibers and to define specific options for action. We want to find solutions not only for us as company, but also for the entire outdoor industry and within global contexts.
ZDHC – the way to cleaner production
Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals is our aim
We were the first company in the industry to have joined the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) programme in 2012. The aim of this group of globally active clothing companies is to ban all dangerous chemicals from the entire production chain by 2020. This ambitious aim can only be achieved by working together with the industry, supervisory authorities and stakeholders. We’re doing everything we can to achieve this aim.
- 10/2012 – Jack Wolfskin joins the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals programme read the press release of 09/2012
- 08/2014 – Using regular water tests at our suppliers, we make spot checks to see whether systems already implemented have had the desired effect and no toxic chemicals are being emitted. We ensure transparency by publishing the results of the water tests on our website
- At the end of 2016 the ZDHC published a jointly developed and industry-first Wastewater Guideline – with regard to our regular wastewater tests, we are following this guideline in order to achieve zero discharge in the industry together.
Freight transport – Reducing CO2 emissions
Replacing air freight with shipping: Logistical challenge
Our incoming freight accounts for the majority (approx. 73%) of our total CO2 emissions.
As part of the drive to restructure our procurement processes, we changed our entire production and supply cycle and introduced binding ecological criteria for our global freight transport with regard to the means of transport selected and route planning.
The main aims have always been to replace as much air freight as possible with sea freight and to optimise all transport routes, including pre- and post-transport.
Transparency regarding material and component suppliers
More trust thanks to full transparency
We don’t have anything to hide – that’s why we decided in 2014 to publish not only our direct suppliers, but also show the upstream steps transparently on our website.
For clarity, the suppliers have been divided into three categories: pioneers, good suppliers with potential for improvement and suppliers who are still in the early stages. This makes it possible to identify developments and make our bluesign® goals understandable and measurable.
- 07/2014 – Publication of material and component suppliers