Rachel Carson wrote the book - Silent Spring in the early 1960s - which became an eye-opener in terms of the importance of focusing on environmental issues and how human activities can damage the ecosystem. The book has inspired SXS in our environmental work. Our environmental work is based primarily on three different aspects:
- Use as much recycled material as possible in both our sportswear and packaging materials.
- Work actively to streamline and minimize transport
- Carbon offset on an ongoing basis for actual transportation.
SXS's ambition is to develop fabrics in recycled materials that are at least as good or better than regular fabrics. It is our aspiration that 100% of textiles and packaging should be in recycled material.
For transport, carbon offsetting takes place, for example, by co-financing projects that reduce environmental impact globally.
We work actively with quality, design, and measurements, etc.m.
SXS is continually working to improve our environmental management and understand the impact our business generates on the environment. We create routines and manufacturing methods that make us part of a circular economy and hope to be a role model and inspiration for others to follow.
Environmental issues can be divided into three strongly interlinked parts:
- emissions of environmentally hazardous substances into the soil, air and water
- depletion of nature's resources
- climate issues; mainly co2 emissions, and the greenhouse effect
The sustainable business takes a holistic approach to human activities and aims to protect our ecosystem and create good conditions for future generations to inhabit the planet.
With regard specifically to e-commerce, two aspects tend to pay special attention, and these are:
- transport and its specific climate impact
- increased consumption of packaging materials
Transportation is an essential factor in terms of climate impact, and here an effect is obtained depending on the amount of transport, efficiency in the transport chain, and the fuel used. According to estimates, 100 million litres of pollution is emitted into the air every year in Sweden due to large packaging and transport that goes partly empty. The relatively high return rate in e-commerce, i.e., the products’ return to the selling party, contributes significantly to increased transport.