The New Zealand start-up Allbirds, specializing in the creation of eco-responsible shoes and clothing, has been using committed labels since 2020.
These include the carbon footprint of each product of the brand.
The objective of this approach is to raise public awareness of the issue of carbon dioxide emissions and to better understand it, explained to the
Hana Kajimura, responsible for sustainable development within the company founded in 2016.
To achieve its ends, Allbirds relied on "the prevalence and availability of information," she detailed.
The company wants to provoke reactions around the pollution generated by the production of clothes similar to those that consumers have about the energy intake of food.
“The average person is unable to explain precisely what a calorie is or how it is measured,” said Hana Kajimura.
We think carbon emissions should be labeled as clearly as price.
So this Earth Day, we're giving away our Carbon Footprint tools to the entire fashion industry.
Hopefully they'll help us make measuring and labeling emissions the hot new trend.
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- Allbirds (@Allbirds) April 22, 2021
Halve the carbon footprint of its products by 2025
" But whatever.
What matters is that they are able to understand it in context, ”commented the manager.
To increase awareness, Allbirds hopes to eventually adopt a similar information system by more actors in the ready-to-wear sector, and even other industries.
Concretely, the New Zealand designer has indicated inside his shoes and on the labels of his clothes the number of kilos of carbon dioxide emitted during the manufacture of the product.
This assessment takes into account the raw materials used, transport, production, washing and drying of the garment during its period of use and at the end of its life.
"The customer sees the total but he can also access the detailed data," said Hana Kajimura.
The start-up valued at 1.7 billion dollars (1.45 billion euros) has pledged to halve the carbon footprint of its items by 2025 and to reduce it to almost nil before 2030. 10% of carbon dioxide emissions in the world are due to the clothing sector.
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