Manufacturing products from recycled materials is often more challenging and time-consuming compared to virgin materials.
The manufacturing process includes material sorting, cleaning, and quality control. The limited material sources define the collections and some products might be available for a limited time.
Long term partnerships in Finland and Estonia
We sort and clean the materials, design, and sew prototypes at our headquarters in Nummela, Finland. After this, the bags and accessories are manufactured in Finland and the Baltic countries. Working with recycled and surplus materials often require special skills and experience, and therefore Globe Hope cherishes long supplier relationships.
Globe Hope products are granted with Design From Finland and Finnish Key Flag symbols.
Since Globe Hope was launched in 2003, we have created every product out of existing raw materials; leftovers, waste, recycled, upcycled – you name it. Some of the materials almost define our brand image, such as recycled seat belt or fair carpet. Most of the materials we use come from Finnish companies and factories, except the army canvas that comes from Sweden and Central Europe and 2nd rate seat belts that come from European seat belt manufacturers.
Around 5% of the materials we use are new. To ensure high quality, we use new zippers and metal parts, from Finnish wholesaler Tarvike Friman. Zip fasteners are YKK zippers, and we trust YKK’s reporting on corporate responsibility and labor conditions. We are planning to test YKK’s more ecological zipper options and replace any that prove to be less durable. If we order new tapes or straps, we order them from the Finnish company Inka.
Seat belts are made to handle endless use and pulling. When they retire from their original purpose, we use them for bags and accessories. Thanks to their shiny surface, seat belts make a luxurious vibe to a bag.
Fair carpets are originally only used for a short time, and then dispatched. One man's trash is another man's treasure! We clean fair carpets and reuse them as bags or details of accessories.
Surplus leather is a timeless and durable material. We use 2nd rate skins and industry leftovers in our bags and accessories.
Workwear is made from heavy cotton, durable enstex, or cotton mixture that is ideal for the second chance. Workwear also includes several details and small pockets, that fit well for bags. We create corporate gifts from companies' old workwear.
Sails of boats are strong kevlar material or nylon. When the fabric finishes its career as a sail, we use it to manufacture durable design products.
Army textiles are very versatile. They can handle hard use and washing. That is why we have been using army surplus materials in our bags and accessories since the early days of Globe Hope. Our materials come from Sweden and Central Europe.
Our "peat wool" is a vegan substitute for wool. The wool-like material is a combination of a Finnish knit company's surplus peat yarn and acrylic. We use peat wool for knitwear such as beanies, neckwarmers, headbands, and scarves.
Flags and banners
Advertising banners and flags are often used for marketing. The life cycle of the banner is often quite short and they end up being burned. Globe Hope utilizes marketing banners to make corporate gifts or other sustainable products for businesses.
Other surplus materials
Our warehouse is full of saved materials such as cotton canvas, technical fabrics, faux fur, and car airbag fabric. These materials will be upcycled in our collections.
New material share is around 5% of all materials used. We use new metal parts, zippers, threads, and reflectors to ensure high quality.
Since the fall 2020, Globe Hope has manufactured clothing from 100% recycled yarn in cooperation with other Finnish circular economy professionals The production process is fully traceable and certified.
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