Swiss performance sportswear brand Odlo has published its sustainability report for the 2019/2020 financial year, in which the brand has achieved significant improvements in terms of product, environmental and social responsibility. Despite the effects of the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, the brand has made significant progress and demonstrated its long-term commitment to sustainability.
The Fair Wear Foundation has awarded the company Leader status for the fifth consecutive year. During the last year, up to 97 percent of the brand’s total production was controlled, including partners and suppliers. This is the highest level ever achieved, and it is higher than last season’s figure (93 percent). Regarding the brand’s measures to achieve a living wage, Odlo was able to achieve the set wage target at its production facility in Romania.
The ecological footprint of Odlo has decreased over the last twelve months. Thanks to the Rail & Road system, the proportion of air transport has fallen to 3 percent (8 percent in the previous year), which has reduced CO2 emissions per transport by 70 percent. The reason for this is that 66 percent of all articles are produced in Europe.
Other improvements, such as the use of recycled material for all shipping cartons in e-commerce, climate-neutral cartons for all outbound transports and the reduction in the use of polybagging underline the company’s commitment to key areas of logistics.
As a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, Odlo continues to use the indicators of the Higg Index. An increase in environmental monitoring was achieved with 90 percent of Tier 1 suppliers and 78 percent of Tier 2 suppliers.
For the production of the Odlo Performance and Active Warm Eco collections, a total of 210 tons of PET bottles were recycled into polyester. Overall, 50 percent of all production materials are recycled and therefore sustainable. In terms of animal welfare, Odlo continues to use 100 percent certified, mulesing-free merino wool and down from animals that have not been plucked alive or force-fed.
To promote the reuse and recycling of clothing, the company introduced the Take Back program in November 2020. All brand stores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland provide drop-off boxes for old clothes. The clothes that are handed in can thus be resold or recycled.