Sustainability Criteria

How do we choose the sustainable brands and products we work with? 

 

Mons Royale ZQ certificate

  

Our fundament is that we work with brands that have sustainability as their core value. This means that the brand lives and breathes the mission to make its products, manufacturing, and operations as sustainable as possible. Read more about sustainability in the sportswear industry.
We at Weekendbee want to ensure that all our products are sustainable choices, so it´s an easy choice for you since it´s all good!
Below we have listed the criteria we use to choose the products to our website. 

 

 

Only organic and recycled cotton

organic cotton

All our cotton clothing is made from organic or recycled cotton. Organic cotton has two certifications GOTS and OCS.

Our recycled cotton clothing comes from Pure Waste which is a Finnish textile company producing ecologically sustainable yarns, fabrics and ready-made garments using only materials that would otherwise go to waste.

Conventionally grown cotton uses more insecticides than any other crop in the world. These toxins can be deadly for the farmers, the factory workers, us as consumers and the wildlife ecosystems. For example, these pesticides have been known to affect important bee colonies in the farm fields. In addition to chemicals, conventionally grown cotton uses intensive irrigation which means it´s one of the largest water users among agricultural crops. These are the reasons we have chosen to offer only organic and recycled cotton. 

 

 

Only mulesing free merino wool 

ZQ certification

We offer only ethical animal products, including mulesing-free merino wool or recycled wool. The highest sustainability certification for mulesing-free merino wool is ZQ standard.

Mulesing procedure means cutting skin from around a lamb’s breech to create an area of bare, stretched skin. Because the scarred skin has no folds or wrinkles to hold moisture and feces, it is less likely to attract blowflies who might cause the death of the sheep. Research shows the pain of mulesing is similar to that of castration, but it lasts up to 48 hours. No animal should have to go through the pain and stress that this kind of procedure causes. Public pressure to improve sheep welfare has led to the wool industry researching alternatives to mulesing.

 

Zero policy on PFC´s

None of our clothing has PFC´s.

PFC (perfluorocarbons) are chemicals that are used in technical garments to make them water repellent. PFC are chemicals that are released into the air when making and using a product and they are harmful to the environment and people.

Some manufacturers have succeeded in finding replacing technologies to make the garment water repellent. These can be new fabric materials, waxes or chemical free finishing substances. 

 

bluesign certified products

bluesign

We choose bluesign® products whenever possible.

The independent bluesign® system pursues the unique approach to minimize the environmental impact throughout the production process. 

 

Ecological materials

The used materials in all our clothing are eco-friendly and sustainable: organic cotton, recycled cotton, recycled polyester, recycled wool, hemp, Tencel etc.

 

Recycled polyester

In polyester clothing, minimum 50% needs to be recycled

 

Fair Trade products

Fair Trade

Fairtrade International (FLO)is a non-profit organization focusing on the empowerment of farmers and workers in developing countries through trade. As Fairtrade has grown, FLO has developed new ways to connect farmers to business to increase their Fairtrade sales, bring more Fairtrade benefits to them and give people more ways to support Fairtrade farmers.

Fair Trade USA, is a non-profit organization, that sets standards, certifies and labels products that promote sustainable livelihoods for farmers and workers and protect the environment. Its mission is to "enable sustainable development and community empowerment by cultivating a more equitable global trade model that benefits farmers, workers, consumers, industry and the earth".

 

Fair Wear products

Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) is a non-profit organization that works with garment brands, factories, trade unions, NGOs and governments to improve working conditions for garment workers in 11 production countries across Asia, Europe and Africa. 130 Fair Wear Foundation member brands are showing that there is a fairer way to make clothes. They are using their influence to create change. 

 

Products that are designed and made in Finland

Being a Finnish company, we like to support brands and manufacturers that design and produce their products in Finland.

 

Vegan products

The “PETA-Approved Vegan” logo allows companies that sell apparel, accessories, furniture, or home decor to highlight their vegan offerings, helping consumers find animal-free products at a glance and make purchases that align with their values.

 

OEKO-TEX® certified products

With its decades of experience, the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®, contributes to high and effective product safety from a consumer’s point of view. Test criteria and limit values in many cases go far beyond applicable national and international standards. Extensive product checks and regular company on-site visits also ensure that the industry has a globally sustainable awareness of the responsible use of chemicals.

 

Open communication

Our demand is that the brand communicates openly about their manufacturing locations, how they ensure ethical production methods and eco-friendly production. These can be communicated through for example FairTrade or bluesign labels, but not all brands can afford to have these certifications.

 

High-quality products

We choose only products that have a high-quality design and multiuse and long life as its core values.

 

See our full collection of sustainable sportswear items here

 

 

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