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Sustainability

SUSTAINABILITY



  1. What is sustainability?

Being sustainable means causing little or no damage in the world and therefore being able to continue practices long-term. Sustainability is not a black and white concept but rather depends on our surrounding ecosystem. FREISCHWIMMER encourages people to recognise the problems in our ecosystem we as a society face and apply the concept of sustainability to maximise our positive impact and minimise negative impact towards these issues. We identified two areas we want to dedicate most of our sustainability efforts to: Climate change and Human Capital & Equality. We try our best and encourage you to do so too. Together, for our future.

  1. Climate Change

Climate change describes large-scale shifts in weather patterns and is caused by global warming. As the planet’s temperature rises more than it would naturally, the earth’s climate changes. Although the earth has naturally warmed up and got colder during other eras, such cycles have always been much slower, taking millions of years. Now, within only 200 years, we are reaching levels that caused extinctions in the past.

Climate change comes with disastrous consequences, endangering the survival of our earth’s flora and fauna, which includes humans. The worst impact of Climate change includes the melting of the ice mass at our poles - causing rising sea level, producing flooding and threatening coastal environments through which small island states risk disappearing entirely. Climate change also increases the appearance of violent weather phenomena, fires, drought, the death of animal and plant species, flooding from rivers and lakes, the creation of climate refugees and destruction of the food chain and economic resources, in particular in developing areas.

There are 4 key causes for global warming.

  1. Greenhouse gases (GHG)
    Greenhouse gases (CO₂ , Methane, Nitrogen oxide, HCFCs) in the atmosphere cause the greenhouse effect - a natural process by which GHG retain some of the sun’s heat, allowing the earth to maintain the necessary conditions for life. The issue is that human activities strengthen the greenhouse effect by increasing the generation of GHGs, thus causing the planet’s temperature to increase even more. GHG are mainly caused by the burning of fossil fuels in transport, heating, electricity generation, industry and construction. GHG are also caused by livestock, agriculture (mainly rice farming), wastewater treatment and landfills among others.

  2. Deforestation
    Deforestation is the process of cutting down forests after which the land is used for non-forest purposes. The earth’s forests and rainforests are disappearing rapidly. Yearly, 10 million hectares of forests are lost worldwide. Forests cover 31% of our world’s land. However, due to deforestation, this number is strongly decreasing. Logging and burning trees stop the intake of CO₂ and release the GHG back into the atmosphere.

  3. Destruction of marine ecosystems
    The earth’s oceans are carbon sinks - they absorb up to 50 % of CO₂. However, the issue is that once our oceans reach their absorption limit, they acidify and cause death and disease among marine flora and fauna. In addition, pollution and overfishing are undermining our marine environment.

  4. Population increase
    Our human population on earth is growing exponentially. Today we are almost 8 billion people alive. Until 2050, we will at least be at 10 billion. Our increasing world population requires more resources and thus increases production processes and the emission of GHG.

3. Human Capital & Equality

FREISCHWIMMER aims to improve human capital & equality in society. We strive for equality of opportunity, good working conditions for workers, appropriate compensation and credit, adequate representation and voice for minorities, and fair trade. We promote values that respect both human capital and equality. Communities around the globe may be positively or negatively affected by activities, or impacted through methods used to source raw materials - sustainability with regards to human capital and equality means encompassing the development of skills and human capacity to support the functions and sustainability of organisations and the wellbeing of communities and society.

4. What do we do?

FREISCHWIMMER art and collaborations strive to be as sustainable as possible. Sometimes it may not be feasible for us to choose a more sustainable option due to financial constraints. We have a clear roadmap and are working hard to raise enough funds to push the sustainability of our art.

Vol. 1 - Sustainability Overview

Environmental
Not only do we want to replace traditional materials with environmentally-friendlier alternatives (eg, replacing cotton with bamboo), but also innovate entire processes, approaches, and lifecycles to go a step further.

  1. ​​Innovative Designs: Development of unique zero waste pattern cutting technique that eliminates factory waste in fabric cutting down to 0%.

  2. Innovative Designs: Product lifecycle extension through reversibility, adjustability, customization, and combination.

  3. Circularity of textiles used for Design process (Second-Hand Textiles).

  4. Usage of recycled, biodegradable and no-cruelty fibers: Tencel, bamboo cotton, vegan leather.

  5. Usage of deadstock to reduce waste and avoid new production where possible.

  6. Exclusive usage of TÜV-certified dyeing methods.

  7. Recycled, 100% FSC, and biodegradable packaging boxes. No-waste packaging (no extra box, plastic, wrapping paper).

  8. Low amounts of waste are circulated into other pieces (skirts made from excess of jacket production).

  9. Drop Model with demand-tailored supply will avoid excess stock.

  10. Offsetting GHG shipping emissions: We use DHL Go Green to dedicate funds towards investments in projects that reduce emissions by the same amount that is released into our atmosphere as a result of our delivery and packaging.

Human & Societal

  1. Selection of partners: BSCI-certified factories only to ensure appropriate working conditions.

  2. Unisex. We support full equality among humans. For everyone.

  3. Local sourcing and production where possible.

6. What is planned?

  1. Push innovation for future FREISCHWIMMER art.

  2. Full 0% waste production process.

  3. Extension of multi-use pieces for longer lifecycle.

  4. Increase certifications benchmark for partners: Fair Trade, GOTS, ISO14001.

  5. Work with leaders in sustainable material development (eg, Spinnova fibre or Parley to recycle ocean-plastic)

  6. Offset full company GHG emissions.

  7. Art Repair Program – If pieces break, we promote free repairment instead of disposal.

  8. Local sourcing and production.

  9. Creation of funds to support artists with financing and skill-training.

7. What can you do?

  1. Save energy.
    By using less energy, one can help to reduce GHG emissions. There are multiple ways one can save energy at home, for example by switching off standby appliances.

  2. Eat less meat.
    Meat production is one of the biggest contributors to climate change as well as the pollution of land and waterways. By eating meat less often, one can help reduce meat production and thus reduce the industry’s negative impact on our earth.

  3. Use reusable alternatives.

Single-use products, especially plastic ones, tend to end up in landfills and the ocean, which causes harm to wildlife and our environment. One can prevent this by selecting to use reusable and eco-friendly alternatives.

  1. Quality over Quantity.
    To reduce waste and decrease production, one can purchase items less often and choose to invest into quality items that have longer lifecycles.

  2. Go paperless.

To avoid wasting paper, one can select receiving mail digitally and only print off documents if necessary.

  1. Recycle.
    By putting trash in the correct bins, one can encourage recycling. Reusing items as many times as possible before throwing them away reduces waste.

  2. Save food
    If you have leftovers, don’t throw them away. Save them for your lunch or tea the next day, or even freeze them. However, if they do go off, you could use them to create compost for your garden.



Sources: www.acciona.com; https://justdiggit.org/; https://dhlguide.co.uk/sustainability/gogreen/; https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/k-4/stories/nasa-knows/what-is-climate-change-k4.html

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