Our oceans regulate the climate and produce more oxygen than the world’s rainforests. They constitute the planet’s climate and the future of our oceans affects all of us.
The cheapest and most effective way to gain yarn is to produce it from virgin plastic. However, this approach consumes resources including oil and water, and CO2 emissions are far higher. PET recycling is an eco-friendly alternative for the production of yarn. One metric ton of recycled PET saves 3.8 barrels of oil and 1700 kg of CO2. We at GOT BAG are going one step further by declaring it our mission to free the oceans from plastic waste. For each backpack sold, we recover 3.5 kg of plastic from the ocean, sort the garbage and use the PET share (about 1.5 kg) to produce our yarn. The remaining 2 kg of garbage are forwarded to the designated recycling chain.
We walk along the path of our global CO2 footprints, looking back to make ours as invisible as possible. We minimize the transportation between our clean-up activities, which are currently based in Indonesia, one of the global epicenters of plastic pollution, and our production facility as much as possible.
With China’s 40 years of experience as a world’s leading textile manufacturer and regional proximity to our clean-up activities, it turned out to be the right production country for our highly specialized product. Our manufacturers are BSCI and bluesign® certified and we are planning to collaborate with Fairwear Foundation to even further improve our production standard.
Through travelling to China again and again, we developed a pleasant and trusted relationship with local managers and their teams. According to our high standards, we chose a manufacturer in China, that is treating their workers on the following terms:
■ All workers are locals, living nearby to the factory area in their own homes, not in accommodations
■ Workers are of legal age
■ Food and water is supplied
■ Workers are paid above industry standards without overtime hours
Our team member Peiyu is constantly monitoring our production line in China.
As a german start-up, we often go the extra-mile to find an optimal solution. Only a durable product can be truly sustainable. Highest quality is very important to us and we want to ensure that resources won’t be wasted in vain.
Sustainability begins with the people who are involved in GOT BAG. Every person, worker, employee or partner, is paid fairly for their work.
If you have any questions regarding our sourcing activities, feel free to send us an e-mail via hello(at)got-bag.com and we are glad to help!
Your GOT BAG doesn’t contain PFC coatings. Often, PFC coatings are used to waterproof outdoor clothing. We use a BIO-PU to coat our backpacks and to prevent a pollution of the ground water and therefore contamination of our drinking water and food. This lies in contrast to what is happening with the industry standard Polyurethane, which is made from oil and was never an option for us.
In collaboration with our partner Covestro AG, we choose BIO-PU Coating as a smart innovative solution which is durable, waterproof and good in performance. It is made from 100% bio-degradable ingredients and post-consumer plastic and saves water, CO2 and oil.
In addition we started working with the Swiss organization bluesign® as system partners. They ensure that the fashion industry adheres to an environmentally friendly standard.
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