Every year, 8 million tons of plastic disappear into the ocean. At the moment only 14% of all plastic is recycled. We all realize that we live in a (plastic) throw away era and that we have to do something about it. That is why we contribute to reducing plastic consumption and increasing sustainability in our products and workplace as much as possible. We respect people and the planet. Therefore, it is very important we act with this statement in our mind.
We try to reduce the use of irresponsible materials and processes as much as possible. For example, we reduce the use of plastic bags by using bags made of FSC paper. But we also reduce the use of water and chemicals in our production processes. One of our winter coats is made from green PET bottles. Because this does not involve a dyeing process, this also saves a lot of chemicals and considerably less water is needed for the production of the jacket.
We reuse existing materials. We do this, for example, by reusing leftover fabrics for the production of new collection items. Or reusing zippers. But also by reusing cardboard boxes for our webshop orders, if they are not damaged, we use them again.
We are increasingly using recycled materials, such as new yarn and fabrics made of plastic. These yarns and fabrics are used for our new collections. We already do this for different items and will do this more and more every year.
At Brunotti, we want to be open about the steps we are taking within the sustainability process. Below you will find various topics that we are currently working on as a company to contribute to this sustainability. These are the main projects we work on with the greatest impact. This is just the beginning, so follow it below as we move towards our goals.
80% of our care labels are made of recycled polyester
100% of our bikini cup paddings come with a certified OEKOTEX label
95% of our ski and snowboard clothing has a recycled padding
100% of our hang tags are made of FSC paper
60% of our collection is made from recycled and sustainable materials
30% of our collection is PFC free
We work with suppliers who find sustainability very important
We do not use any materials used of animals,
such as; down, leather or fur
The development process of our wetsuits is
becoming more and more environmentally friendly
All our POS material is made from FSC paper
We work with bulk packaging to reduce waste
We work with packaging made from FSC paper
and / or recycled material
Our warehouse is 100% CO2 neutral
The past few years, made us realize more and more that we have to take care of our world and each other. More than ever, we appreciate all what mother earth has to offer. As boardsporters, we feel the responsibility to take care for this beautiful playground. Therefore, we try to do as much as possible as a company to become and work more sustainable.
Every year, we aim to develop our collections greener than before, and we try to work as much as possible with sustainable resources. We have looked into every single detail of our production processes and found solution to reduce, reuse and recycle.
We cannot change the world at once, but we can contribute to a more sustainable future.
Let's take care of our playground, #NOMATTERTHECONDITIONS.
Our new sweat-program is made from organic cotton. Moreover, our basic women's tee (the Salina), men's tees (the Axle and TavECO), and several men's shorts (the CaldECO and CambECO) are made from organic cotton.
Tap HERE for more info about our sweats.
All mix and match bikinis are made from recycled polyester, and all bikini paddings come with a certified OEKOTEX label. Tap HERE for more info about our recycled swim.
We're proud to introduce the CrunECO. This bright and colourful swimshort comes in a wide colour range and is now made from recycled polyester! Tap HERE for more info about the CrunECO.
All Brunotti boardshorts are made from recycled polyester. Tap HERE for more info about our boardshorts.
Although, a 100% sustainable wetsuit doesn't yet exist, we also believe that every single step can contribute to a more sustainable future. By adopting more eco-friendly wetsuit technologies, such as the use of carbon black, neoprene left-overs, recycled polyester, dope-dyed yarn and water based glue, we are now able to produce wetsuits greener than before. With this, we are pioneering in the field of developing eco-friendly wetsuits. Meaning that our 2020 wetsuits are the most eco-friendly alternative in the current market. Tap HERE for more info about the production process of our wetsuits.
Brunotti uses "swim hangers" in-store to hang swimsuits and bikinis. All Brunotti "swimwear hangers" are made of recycled plastic.
You will find a hangtag on all of our products. A hangtag contains information about the product like the price, but also information about our product materials. All Brunotti hangtags are made from FSC paper, moreover we also use less paper by dealing smarter with hangtags on products. In 2021, we use 50% less paper for our hangtags compared to 2020.
As humans we have a lot of freedom, but also a lot of responsibility to take care of our planet. Unfortunately, the effects of the choices we make are not always positive.
In order to reduce or even eliminate the impact of these negative consequences, it is important that we take back our responsibility in the right way. As a company, we do this in visible and less visible ways. We are convinced that every little bit contributes to creating a better and cleaner world. By doing this together, small steps make a big difference. Below you can read which changes we have made within our company and in our business operations.
The entire Brunotti Headquarters is equipped with LED lightning and economical fluorescent beams. Each department has its own central light circuit. Specific areas such as toilets and the kitchen are equipped with motion detectors, so that light does not remain unnecessarily lit when no people are present. We use green energy which is 100% sustainable because the energy is generated in wind farms.
Our goal is to work with as many sustainable products as possible, including in our workspace. For example, we use notebooks made from recycled FSC paper. We make less personalised items. We have abandoned the production of sugar and milk bags printed with our logo. In our view, these are all separate productions that are not necessary. We work with bulk packaging to reduce production and waste.
All waste is separated from the workplace. A paper bin and waste bin. Paper is collected separately by Remondis and is 100% recycled.
All paper used within Brunotti is of FSC quality. Therefore, it has a responsible origin or is made of 100% recycled paper. The primary objective is REDUCE: we do everything we can to use less paper, so only print if really necessary. Preferably we print double-sided in black and white, exceptionally in color.
We also try to reduce the impact on the environment in the logistics processes. We pay attention to the amount of packaging materials we use. For example, clothing is packed in bulk packaging, so less plastic and cardboard is needed. We also make conscious choices on the transport itself. We do this by working with transport companies who also find sustainability important.
Our warehouse is completely CO2 neutral!
Electricity is generated by Solar panels that were installed in 2018. We generated so much energy, that we give back the leftover energy to supply the network. Besides that, we heat up our warehouse via wood stoves that are fired on wood chips.
All boxes, in which Brunotti goods are shipped from the manufacturer, are reused. We consciously inform our customers with an indication on the boxes that they receive used boxes. We do this to work on waste reduction (reduce) and ask them to have the boxes recycled. New boxes are made from FSC cardboard or 100% recycled cardboard.
Residual waste goes to incineration plants from which energy is generated. All boxes are also reused at the head office. Boxes that are not suitable for reuse for sending our goods to retailers, are stored separately and given to a charity for use.