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Sustainability

Accountability is not an added value, it is the basis of everything.

Everything we do is based on an appreciation for our nature and our planet. This is reflected in the ethical, ecological and responsible way we operate. These values are reflected in everything we do. We operate with transparency and integrity.

See Globe Hope's Sustainability Report 2022 below.

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Material efficiency

We primarily use recycled and surplus materials in our products.

We aim to use primarily recycled and surplus materials in all our products, including materials from Finnish companies and factories. Military materials are an exception, as they come from the armies of Sweden and Central European countries, while clothing materials come from India.

Safety belts and mats are the most common recycled materials we use. In our clothing we use 60% recycled cotton and 40% recycled polyester, which is made from scraps from the textile industry and materials made from recycled bottles and other plastic waste.

Other recycled or surplus materials we use include advertising banners, flags, sails and surplus leather. In addition, we use safety wool, a yarn processed from sheared wool that has been salvaged for recycling, in our caps and scarves. We don't just use recycled materials in some of our products, we try to maximise the proportion of existing materials in all our products. In 2022, 97% of the total materials used in products sold were recycled and surplus, and we only used new materials in COVID-19 products for quality and hygiene reasons.

New parts and materials used in our products, such as metal parts, zippers, elastic bands and reflective fabric, are sourced to ensure sustainable quality and safety. Zippers are sourced from YKK and Coats, and locks and metal parts are sourced from the Far East, as there is no domestic production.

The tapes are partly surplus, and new tapes come from domestic manufacturers such as Inka and Finn-Nauha. Reflective tape is purchased new to ensure its safety and functionality. Our reflective tape is CE-marked (EN13356) in accordance with EU requirements, has the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 environmental label and meets the requirements of Annex XVII of REACH.

The pendants of our products are made of FSC-certified cardboard and biodegradable corn starch stickers.

Exceptional choice of materials for Covid-19 products

Globe Hope is a responsible company that wants to help address the corona crisis by providing high-quality, washable face masks. All of our products are made from surplus materials, but to ensure the quality standards of our COVID-19 products, we have used virgin non-woven fabric. We use Ahlström-Munksjön filtering non-woven fabric, which is manufactured in Finland. Our rectangular endurance masks are made from 100% virgin material, while our shaped Design masks are made from 50% virgin material and 50% vintage surplus fabric. In 2022, we will only sell durable masks made from 100% virgin material.

All products sold in 2022, materials

Renewable products and services also for businesses.

In addition to providing material-efficient consumer products, we act as a promoter of the circular economy for other companies. Globe Hope implements a variety of recycled products from corporate textile waste and surplus materials, such as workwear or curtains, which would become waste if they were recycled.

A great example is a sustainable bag made from advertising flag fabric, which is the most ecological sustainable bag according to this report .

In February 2017, Globe Hope redeemed an unfit-for-recycling PVC mesh vinyl tarpaulin used in the renovation of the Parliament building, converting it into bags and card holders, among other things.

Reusing the Finnish Parliament House renovation banner

Transparent production

Our products are subcontracted to Finland, Estonia, Bangladesh and India.

Globe Hope's bags and accessories are subcontracted in Finland and the Baltics. We strive for responsible production and long subcontracting relationships. Of the products sold to consumers in 2022, 22% were made in Finland, 35% in Estonia and 43% in Bangladesh (including corporate orders). 15.36% of business products are manufactured in Finland, 84.37% in Estonia. Globe Hope's garments are manufactured under controlled conditions in Bangladesh and from 2023 in India. Read more about the production of the garments here. You can check the country of production for each product in the online shop by looking at the product description, the hangtag or the fabric label inside the product.

We foster long-lasting partnerships.

Globe Hope manufactures bags and accessories with long-standing supplier relationships in Finland and Estonia. The reuse of recycled and surplus materials requires specialised expertise and close supervision. Our bags are currently manufactured in Nokia, Tampere and Mikkeli in Finland, and in Tallinn, Tartu and Loksa in Estonia. Jewellery is made in Jyväskylä, and corporate gifts are mainly made in Estonia. Our garments are manufactured in carefully controlled production in South Asia. You can read more about the clothing manufacturing process here. The country of manufacture of corporate gifts can be agreed separately according to the customer's wishes.

Globe Hope's long-term subcontractor, the Otavan Nahka ja Tekstiili sewing factory in Mikkeli, manufactures domestic handmade seat belt products. For example, the basket weaving technique for Halla and Loska bags requires specialised skills and it takes several hours to make one bag.

Globe Hope used to sign verbal contracts with subcontractors, but in spring 2020, written contracts were signed. A Code of Conduct, which sets out how to work, will be attached to the contracts in Finnish and English.

See Globe Hope's Code of Conduct

Download a list of our subcontractors and material suppliers (Excel)

Material suppliers

Globe Hope mainly uses surplus materials and yarns in its production. Less than 10% of our supplies and materials are new. If necessary, new supplies, such as metal parts for bags, are ordered from Accessories Friman. Globe Hope uses YKK zippers and relies on YKK for reporting on sustainability and working conditions. In the future, more ecological zipper options from YKK will be tested and used if they are as sustainable as the current ones. New tapes will be ordered from Inka, a domestic supplier.

Sustainable quality

We want to extend the life of our products as long as possible.

Globe Hope bags, accessories and jewellery are carefully handcrafted in Finland and Estonia. Our garments are made in carefully controlled factories in Bangladesh and, from 2023, in India. Quality control is an important part of our production process and we ensure that all our products meet our high quality standards. Read more about the manufacturing process of our products here. Quality control of recycled materials is important to us, so we go through them carefully by hand. We use only the highest quality materials and supplies to ensure our products are as durable and long-lasting as possible.

Careful treatment of our products

Proper maintenance and cleaning of our products is important to prolong the life of the product. We have compiled care instructions for the maintenance of the materials we use.

Read the care instructions for materials

Repair service

Globe Hope wants to extend the life of our products as long as possible. It is not enough for us to offer products made from recycled materialsthat have already had one life, our aim is to extend the life of our materials and products until their last breath.

Therefore Globe Hope offers repair service Globe Hope offers a repair service for its products: 12 months after purchase, customers can use our repair service free of charge. After one year, we will continue to repair our products that have broken down in the hustle and bustle of life, but we will charge you the direct cost. In this way, we want to postpone the need to buy new products for as long as possible and ease the strain on the planet's resilience.

Globe Hope Second Hand

Globe Hope has been accepting Globe Hope products used by customers for years in exchange for a gift card. This Globe Hope-owned "Twice Loved Hope" concept changed in 2021 to a partnership with Emmy, and in spring 2022 to a partnership with Ninyes .

In the Globe Hope store, you will find an Emmy sale box where you can bring unused branded clothing for resale. So we encourage our customers to sell on their unused Globe Hope, and other brands, clothing and accessories.

Recycling is also very easy, quick and profitable for you in partnership with Ninyes. Ninyes is Northern Europe's only recycling service for used, responsibly made clothing. Through the Globe Hope X Ninyes second hand service, you can send your Globe Hope products that you no longer need directly to Ninyes. We will refund you 50% of the second hand value of these products. You don't have to take pictures, list the products online or wait for them to sell. We will do all this for you. Read more: globehope.fi/pages/secondhand

Environmental responsibility

Saving natural resources is at the heart of everything we do.

Packaging and hanging baskets

We pack our products as lightly as possible and do not use plastic packaging, with the exception of face masks, which are first packed in plastic for hygiene reasons. Clothing is packed in a compostable bag. E-commerce orders are packed in paper envelopes or cardboard boxes, which are easy to recycle after use.

We are constantly comparing different options to find more ecological packaging. We do not currently offer a returnable and reusable packaging option, as the packaging currently on the market does not fully meet our vision of ecological packaging.

We also pack as lightly as possible for freight and business deliveries. We avoid the use of plastic, and only pack products in plastic if the customer requires it for some reason. We pack products in cardboard boxes that are reused for as long as possible.

In our shop, we recommend that customers use their own reusable bags. However, if the customer wants their products in a bag, we use a domestic paper bag made from renewable wood fibre. Our paper bags are made from Cabassi.

The hang tags for our products are made from ecological recycled cardboard, and the price stickers from corn starch.

Electricity and heating

In 2022, our electricity will consist of 100% carbon-free energy. In 2022, we used 22 MWh of electricity in our Nummela office building. Our heating fuel is natural gas, which we used 84.04 MWh in 2022.

In addition, the Nummela property consumes electricity from the building as part of the rent, which covers, among other things, the ventilation of the building, the exterior lights and the electricity consumption of the car heater.

Waste management

"Waste? Do you mean raw material?"

In principle, waste is a raw material for Globe Hope. If no reuse can be found for the material, it is channelled into raw materials for various industries, such as water filtration and lightweight concrete, as well as donations to work centres, schools and kindergartens. Globe Hope sorts and recycles paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, glass, biowaste and any hazardous waste at its premises.

For 2022, only the amount of mixed waste has been recorded. Globe Hope's mixed waste generation for 2022 has been calculated on the basis of the total amount of waste generated by the entire property on an area basis, giving Globe Hope's contribution of 850 kg. At the end of 2021, we received separate bins for other types of waste, but we did not receive a breakdown for the different bins.

The trimmings are recycled in line with other unusable waste textiles in the Zero Waste service concept, for example as fillings for yoga products, as components for water purification, as sound insulation, etc.

Water

In 2022, a total of 94 000 litres of water were used in the Globe Hope property, which is shared by three different companies. On an area basis, our own water use is estimated at 57 000 litres. Our water consumption is strongly linked to our industry, as we wash the waste and recycled textiles used in our products at our Nummela site. In addition, we use the services of our laundry in Nummela when necessary.

Transport

Transport takes place at different stages of Globe Hope's operations and can be divided into material transport, factory transport and distribution transport.

Material transport refers to the transport of waste, surplus and recycled textiles and new material (metal parts, straps, zips, reflective parts) to the Nummela site. The statistics on material transport kilometres have been added to the 2022 calculation for textiles.

Factory transport covers the transport of material from Nummela to factories in the Baltic States and Finland and the transport of finished products back to Nummela. The transport of garments from Bangladesh is also included in factory transport. In 2022, a total of 26 041 kilometres of factory transport by lorry will be carried out. Shipping journeys have been calculated separately.
Distribution transport refers to transport and returns to retailers, consumers and businesses. Distributions are made through Matkahuolto and Posti Green. Transport via Posti Green is neutralised by Posti, so that no carbon dioxide emissions are generated after the operation.

Read more about Posti Green

Business travel

Globe Hope's transport emissions also include business travel, as we usually visit partners and sell products and services throughout Finland. We have reduced our business travel considerably and try to arrange meetings with our partners remotely. In 2022, Globe Hope's total business trips were made by car only, totalling 162 kilometres.

Emissions calculation

Globe Hope's emissions calculation takes into account emissions from purchased energy (electricity and heat) as well as emissions from factory transport, business travel, electricity from buildings, waste and packaging materials. A calculation of material transport has been added, which does not yet cover all materials (new parts), but the 2023 calculation aims to cover all material transport. In addition, we have calculated emissions from the use and maintenance of textiles.

Our aim is to extend the emissions calculation to include emissions from production and other transport in the future.

The aim is to calculate emissions from suppliers and the supply chain in the coming years. So there are no precise calculations yet, but our suppliers are following our guidelines and are actively considering reducing their carbon footprint where possible. Our subcontractors are small factories and operate according to our environmental principles in Finland, Estonia, India and Bangladesh.

Globe Hope's 2022 carbon footprint calculation
Globe Hope's Carbon Footprint Calculation 2022 (EN)

Climate Neutrality

Globe Hope's goal is to be climate neutral, i.e. to operate in a way that our carbon handprint is at least equal to our carbon footprint by 2025. The first step towards achieving this goal was to measure both our carbon footprint and our carbon handprint. We have used the carbon footprint calculation to identify the areas where emissions need to be reduced and are working with partners to achieve the target. The company's carbon handprint calculation remains a target.

Throughout our operations, we have made products from scrap, recycled and surplus materials and encouraged other companies to recycle materials. By saving materials, our operations have a positive climate impact compared to the use of virgin materials. In addition, we do our utmost to contribute to all the Sustainable Development Goals. Some of these goals are promoted through our business activities, and others, for example, through support for various charitable organisations and donations.

Social influence

We contribute to the social debate on the conservation of natural resources.

Globe Hope actively participates in the social debate on the conservation of natural resources. Instead of overconsumption, we encourage people to buy only what they need. We maintain the conversation on our social media channels throughout the year. We also use influencer marketing to help us get the word out.

In addition, we demonstrate our activism through the following ways, among others:

  • As a demonstration of our commitment to curbing consumption, we have participated in activities such as The Clothing Revolution- As a way of demonstrating our commitment to fashion, we have launched campaigns such as Clothes for Clothes and Circular Monday.
  • Globe Hope participates in the social debate on the conservation of natural resources. We work to promote sustainable and responsible practices in Finland through advocacy. One of our proposals for change is a lower tax rate on recycled products.
  • As a pioneer of the circular economy, CEO Seija Lukkala has been an example of pioneering work in ecodesign, and has been awarded Amnesty International's Designer of the Year in 2005 and the Finnish Prize for Arts and Culture in 2006. Lukkala is a frequent guest speaker on sustainability and the circular economy at various events and educational institutions, including as keynote speaker at the KIERTO FEST event in Tampere.
  • The SS22 collection 'The Dry Season' highlighted the climate issue of desertification. Our collection supported a pilot project organised by @mifukotrust to plant new vegetation in the organisation's project area. Globe Hope donated part of the proceeds from the collection to the Mifuko Trust project, which will help the Mifuko Trust to train self-help groups participating in the project on tree seedling cultivation, planting and care, and to donate seeds and cultivation equipment to the groups.
  • Globe Hope participated in the global Fashion Revolution week from 18-24 April 2022. During Fashion Revolution week, we shared more information on social media channels about our clothing manufacturers and partners.
  • Globe Hope participated in Pride month to promote diversity and equality. In addition to the Caste Pride bag, we also launched the SARASTE bag in the colours of the transgender flag. 5 of the price of both bags was donated to € @sateenkaarikyna to support the Spinner magazine and Rainbow events.
  • Since October 2020, Globe Hope has donated 10% of the price of the trade fair carpet products to World Vision Finland to help children in Rwanda.
  • Globe Hope participated in the Circular Monday on 21.11.2022, a circular economy day formerly known as White Monday, to inspire Finns to learn about the circular economy in everyday life.
  • Globe Hope participated in Black Friday on 25 November 2022 to encourage people to look at the ethical and ecological sustainability of their consumption instead of buying.
  • At Globe Hope, we wondered what we could do to support Ukraine in the midst of the crisis. We thought about what we know best and how we could help. The idea of a Ukraine bag in the colours of the Ukrainian flag was born. All proceeds from the sale of the Light for Ukraine bag will be donated to Save the Children for children and families affected by the conflict in Ukraine.
  • The AW-22 collection 'Re-Use-Olution' stood up to the barricades against forced migration caused by climate change. The Spring 2022 collaboration with @mifukotrust continued. We donated 2€ for every e-commerce and Brand Store order made between 18 August and 30 September to support Mifuko Trust's Wash & Grow project in Kenya.
  • Globe Hope sold a VUOLUNEN SUOJELIJA hoodie in partnership with Helsingin ensikoti ry @helsinginensikoti, a non-governmental and child protection organisation that supports families with children to give every child a good start in life.
  • We have also worked with various charities such as SASK, WWF and Unicef.