Sustainability is one of the most significant drivers of change in the fashion and textile industries. Since 2020, Marimekko has been implementing its new, more ambitious sustainability strategy. Our annual Sustainability Review provides an update on how we’re doing on our journey. Enjoy the highlights below.
Our 10 sustainability highlights in 2022
1. Marimekko’s Helsinki headquarters and printing factory transitioned to renewable district heating, and we achieved ahead of schedule our target to reduce emissions from our own operations by 40 percent by 2025. Our Scope 1 and 2 emissions were 72 percent lower compared to the year 2019, which is the base year of the target.
2. We updated our Supplier Code of Conduct and Product Policy and trained our partner suppliers on the most important changes. These documents are part of our purchasing agreements, and all our partner suppliers are committed to them.
3. Our community-driven marketplace for Marimekko vintage and second-hand goods, Marimekko Pre-loved, was launched in our home market, Finland. This allows us to help our community to further extend the life cycle of our products.
4. We continued our official partnership, this time as one of the main partners, with Helsinki Pride, as well as supported the LGBTQIA+ community by working with a wide range of models, influencers and creatives to foster diversity.
5. We launched the Marimekko Marimade home concept. Marimekko Marimade is our creative laboratory, where we innovate, experiment and collaborate to create everyday objects with materials that are kinder to the planet. In Marimekko Marimade, every product features either recycled, upcycled or bio-based materials. Material innovation and the creative use of existing materials are at the core of Marimekko Marimade.
6. We launched a capsule collection in collaboration with Spinnova. The capsule contained the first ever commercially available printed products made using a blend containing 22 percent wood-based SPINNOVA® fiber, a more sustainable alternative to conventional wood-based fibers.
7. We committed to the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to align our greenhouse gas emissions-related targets with those of the UN Paris Climate Agreement.
8. We continued the work to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of logistics in our value chain. In 2022, we achieved a 40 percent reduction in the greenhouse gas emissions of logistics per kilogram of transported product compared to 2018.
9. For the second time, Marimekko was ranked first on Finland’s Most Attractive Employers list among business professionals in Universum’s research. Among Finnish business students, Marimekko gained second place in 2022.
10. We announced a closed-loop pilot project, where the cutting waste and other leftover materials generated in the manufacturing of Marimekko’s jersey products will be used partly as raw material for new Marimekko products. The products will be available for consumers during the summer 2023.
For more information and facts, you can read the Sustainability Review 2022 here.