Houdini Sportswear, the Swedish outdoor clothing company, is collaborating with Albaeco, a Swedish non-profit organization, on what it calls the first corporate Planetary Boundaries Assessment. The Planet Boundaries framework was first introduced in 2009, when a group of 28 scientists - led by Johan Rockström from the Stockholm Resilience Centre and Will Steffen from the Australian National University - identified and quantified the first set of nine planetary boundaries we should remain within to avoid unsustainable global environmental change. The ambition of the collaboration between Houdini and Albaeco is to create an open-source method for assessing business according to the Planetary Boundaries criteria.
Since its launch in 2009, the Planetary Boundaries framework has triggered widespread interest from NGOs, corporate actors and policy-makers. The nine boundaries include: climate change, biosphere integrity, land-system change, freshwater use, biogeochemical flows, ocean acidification, atmospheric aerosol loading, stratospheric ozone depletion and novel entities. An update to the Planetary Boundaries research that was published in January this year estimated that four of the nine boundaries have already been crossed.
Houdini Sportswear has been applying sustainability strategies since 2006. More than 65 percent of its products have been converted into a circular lifecycle and 99.5 percent are made in Europe. A significant portion of Houdini's collections is made from recycled or renewable fibers while a closed-loop garment-recycling program has been in place since 2006. In the framework of its sustainable practices, the company is currently exploring the collaborative business model and services such as rental, reuse and repairs.