More vegan alternatives? You asked, we listened! More and more of our customers are embracing a vegan lifestyle and want completely animal-free products. This doesn’t just apply to their dietary choices, but also to their fashion choices. That’s why we are continuously expanding our range of accessories with vegan alternatives certified by PeTA.
We also use materials of animal origin for our products. To ensure that you can really enjoy ultra-soft cashmere or high-quality leather, it is essential for us that all animals in our supply chain are treated with respect and in accordance with the Five Freedoms of the Farm Animal Welfare Council. We completely avoid the use of fur and other types of wool unless we are certain that the animals have not been mistreated, or until good standards have been implemented and there is more transparency with regard to the production of these materials.
Where does sustainability begin at Esprit? With our employees!
Everyone is talking about sustainability, and many want to make a difference. But not everyone knows how they can actually make sustainable choices in their everyday lives. We believe that the best approach is to learn from each other. That’s why we have set up a Green Wall at our headquarters in Ratingen. Here, every Esprit employee can write down tips, tricks, and advice about the concrete ways in which they incorporate sustainability into their lives. In this way, we can inspire each other to start off with the little things, and gradually lead a more sustainable and conscious lifestyle with each day that passes.
Cradle to Cradle
We have recently introduced Cradle to Cradle Certified® Gold as our product standard. By following this standard, we only work with materials that are as safe as possible for humans and the environment. This includes the responsible use of chemicals and resources such as water and energy, minimal waste, and of course, good social conditions for everyone involved in the manufacture of our products. Our aim for 2021 is for 50% of our denim to be Cradle to Cradle Certified® Gold.
Esprit is a plastic bottle-free zone. There’s still plenty to drink though, of course. All of our employees based at our headquarters have been given their own lovely glass water bottle, Which they can fill up at multiple water stations again and again.
Do you already wash sustainably?
Wash it properly instead of quickly throwing it away! We’re going to give you a list of all the do’s & don’ts when it comes to looking after your clothes – to ensure that you can enjoy your favorite Esprit styles for as long as possible. We’ll give you a step-by-step explanation of how to wash, dry and iron your clothes more sustainably. Because even small things like a lower washing temperature lead to lower energy consumption, which in turn has a positive effect on the environment.
Our goal: to use as little paper as possible
But it’s just a piece of paper! Is it really though? If around 6,500 employees around the world get their payslips sent to their homes in the mail, then it’s not just a piece of paper anymore. We always try to keep an eye on the bigger picture – and that’s why we have decided to use completely paperless, digital payslips. This saves lots and lots of pieces of paper and lots of CO2 every month.
Bon appétit in the Green Canteen
We also make sustainable choices in our canteen. We focus on organic vegetables, fruit, dairy products and meat. And we are aiming to offer more and more organic foods: In the coming years, we want to reach a position where 90%–100% of the food in our canteen is organic. Our commitment to sustainability is also reflected in our zero-waste menu planning. We don’t throw leftovers away. Instead, we include them in the next day’s menu.
The green search engine
We've made the switch – to more trees and zero CO2. At our headquarters in Ratingen, Esprit employees now surf the net using the Ecosia Brower The free, green search engine uses its profits to fund reforestation projects around the world. Over 85 million trees have already been planted. And since we all constantly use a search engine every day – why not choose one that also plants trees?
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Green delivery – climate-neutral shipping
We don’t just want to offer you sustainable products, we also want to make sure that you receive your orders in the most environmentally friendly way possible. That’s why we stock our styles locally in our own warehouses in Europe and Asia, which allows us, as an international company, to keep transport distances relatively short. Furthermore, everything that is sent from our warehouses is sent via climate-neutral shipping. What does this mean? The emissions produced while our products are on the way to you are offset through other activities, such as environmental and reforestation projects.
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