Environmental impacts of production
Taking care of the environment is one of the basic pillars of Marimekko’s operations. The main environmental aspects of Marimekko’s in-house manufacturing concern the operations of the Herttoniemi textile printing factory. We can mitigate climate change with the help of energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy sources, by minimising water consumption, and minimising, recycling and reusing waste. A large part of the monitoring of Marimekko’s environmental activities is based on legislation and other official regulations, but we want to do more than that. Our continuing objective is to continuously reduce our environmental impacts. We have set environmental targets until year 2020 and you can learn more about these targets in our annual Sustainability Review. Results are obtained through close collaboration between design, product development and manufacturing.
In textile manufacturing processes such as bleaching, dyeing, printing and finishing chemicals are used, which are important for the appearance and properties of the textiles. Apart from finishing treatments, majority of the chemicals are washed off after the dyeing or printing. The use of chemicals in production is strictly regulated in Europe with the REACH chemical legislation. Also Marimekko’s other customer markets such as Japan and the United States have their own stringent chemical regulations. Legislation helps to restrict the use of substances found to be harmful to people and the environment. It is Marimekko’s responsibility to ensure that all Marimekko products – manufactured in Europe and elsewhere – comply with chemical requirements of both European legislation and the legislation and regulation in Marimekko’s other customer markets. We monitor compliance with chemical restrictions with regular product or material tests. Testing is done in external laboratories.
We also continuously seek to find possibilities for environmentally better alternatives to chemicals used in our manufacturing processes. For example, the PVC coating previously used in our oilcloth has been replaced by acrylic coating, and in our own printing factory we do not use finishings that contain PFC compounds.