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Our mission is to help organisations reduce their environmental footprint by providing customizable, sustainable products for their brand to shine in real life.

For each product we source and trace the value chain back to the raw materials. We want you to be fully informed on where and how the product is made.

Our selection criteria are part of why we exist: in each category we are seeking for the best products, manufactured in the best conditions and at the lowest environmental impact.

We want those products to last. And there is no secret, the first way to do that is to offer products people actually want. Beauty and design are at the core of our selection process.

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Raw materials

In our quest for sustainability, we are opting for materials presenting a reduced environmental impact throughout its entire life cycle: from the extraction of the raw material to its production process, its use and disposal. Here are some of the raw materials we favor.

Metals can be sustainable. Recycling stainless steel and aluminium requires up to 95% less energy and emits far lower amount of greenhouse gas than mining ore and processing it to new metal.

We source 100% organic cotton textile. It has the advantage of being a natural, GMO-free fibre that uses less water than standard cotton and which production does not involve the use of chemicals.

Plastic is everywhere in our lives. Unfortunately, while still being a vital asset for humanity, its production requires a lot of energy. About eight percent of the world’s oil is used to make plastic. Though it exists substitutes that require less fossile fuels and reduce the greenhouse gaz emissions: recycled, bio-based and biodegradable plastics.

Sustainable ethical textile fabric 100% organic cotton made in transparency

Transport

International freight transports are estimated to currently account for around 30% of all transport related CO2 emissions, and more than 7% of global emissions. Analysts forecasted a fourfold increase of trade-related freight transport emission by 2050.

For a good part of the products we offer, transport appears to be a significant source of carbon emissions. For long distances, we avoid air shipping and favor slower transportation modes such as train and boat emitting up to 150 times less emissions than planes.

Our factories

The golf ball factory

Spain

Here is the story of the first European factory of recycled golf balls. More than 420 million golf balls are lost per year around the world. Knowing that a golf ball can take up to 1000 years to decompose, this represent an insanely huge amount of plastic waste to tackle. That's the bet of our golf ball factory located in Spain - contributing to preserve golf courses and reduce the world's pollution and waste accumulation.

They team up with the most prestigious golf courses all over the world, to collect used golf balls. In addition, they offer professional lake diving services to collect golf balls at the bottom of lakes. By using the most modern equipment in manufacturing they can reprocess golf balls and contribute to the recovery of their lost properties. In that way, they help to preserve the eco-system while providing high quality golf balls with less ressources.

Branded refurbished golf balls made in spain

The brewery

Belgium

The brewery is firstly a family story. The Humblet family was in search of a site to build a new brewery & continue their tradition and long list of beers brewed by their father, Benoit Humblet.

In 2011, they discovered the farm of Bertinchamps, situated not far from Gembloux in the countryside of Belgium.

Although extremely old and decayed, the farm had stunning character, situated in an environment that equals its prestige. It was time for some rejuvenation and the renovation project began immediately. The whole family embarks on this amazing project: to create and develop new authentic beers, but also restore a huge abandonment site, the Bertinchamps farm. Almost 2 years of remarkable work and finally in March 2013 the brewing system was installed in the old barns. Ultra modern fermentation tanks of a capacity of 6.000HL, an astonishing contrast of modern technology and the farm dating back more than 7 centuries.

Bertinchamps branded beer family made in belgium locally

The grass pen factory

Taïwan

For many years Michael Ma has been concerned about the environmental issues of global warming very, and constantly pondering the relationship between nature and our advanced culture. At some point, he randomly discovered a meaningful material that is composed of contradictory elements: grass and recycled plastic.

Natural grass is one of the most primitive plants in the world, which occupies 25% of the land, and is un-exhaustible in the world. Plastic is our civilized material of the last century but is exhaustible. It is damaging the environment and shall be controlled with coming regulations.

After years of thinking and exploration of nature and our modern culture, Michael was inspired to create a company improving the contradictory relationship between our civilized world and nature. His goal? Making natural grass and recycled plastic meet around an eco-friendly and design object to support recycling and carbon reduction. The grass pen factory does not only offer an eco-friendly product but also wants to raise the ecological consciousness by supporting various climate actions and NGOs.

The grass pen factory uses environmentally friendly processes. The pens are made with a blend of renewable and recycled raw materials (30% of natural grass and 70% of recycled and BPA-free PET). The factory is also optimized to avoid any waste of products or water. The water used for the production is coming straight from the grass and is always cleaned and treated such that the process is self-sufficient and doesn't require additional water.

Facts:

  • Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Foundation: 2013
  • Number of employees: 9
  • Number of shifts: 1
  • Working hours: 48
  • Certificates: SGS
Branded pens made of grass and bioplastics eco friendly promotional item

Caran d'Ache

Switzerland

Over the course of 100 years, Caran d'Ache instruments have become internationally renowned for the drawing and writing experience they offer through the elegance of their lines, the quality of their materials, the purity of their pigments, and the technical brilliance of their design.

The family business, which was founded in Geneva in 1915, owes this to a shared vision, the unique values of Swiss Made excellence and an innate sense of creativity and innovation.

Their values are the soul that goes into crafting the products and the beacon that guides them every day and in everything they do.

They create an entire state of mind that ensures they remain inventive, environmentally responsible, committed to passing on knowledge and education, focused on their quest for excellence, and loyal to the Swiss Made label that embodies the quality of their products.

Their commitments feed into a long-term vision that places sustainable development and social responsibility at the heart of everything they do.

The proof of this is easy to see in the number of steps they have taken to protect the environment and the partnerships we have formed. They work with social and cultural stakeholders and with local and international artists who are proud to be ambassadors for their values.

Branded caran d ache pen made in switzerland

The lunch box factory

China

The lunch box factory was established since 2008 in Guangdong, a Chinese province known for the manufacturing of stainless steel products.

The company is specialized in manufacturing stainless steel kitchenware and cookware such as lunch boxes, cutlery and other kitchen utensils. The company values offering quality products while limit the impact of its activities on the environment. All stainless steel objects produced in the lunch box factory are made from BPA-free 304 food grade stainless steel. In addition, the company only works with 100% recycled raw materials sourced in Zhongshan. When recycled steel does not lose any physical properties while the process is much less harmful for the planet. It requires drastically less energy and materials than mining ore and processing it to steel.

Facts:

  • Location: Guangdong, China
  • Foundation: 2008
  • Number of employees: 700
  • Working hours: 42
  • Certificates: ISO 9001, SGS
The stainless steel lunch box factory branded and sustainable promotional product

The aluminium bottle factory

Spain

When the aluminium bottle company was founded, more than 100 years ago, beverages and food were transported and stored in reusable containers. Back in the days, global warming and environmental awareness had nothing to do with that. It was just the only available option!

In addition to the need for durable containers, they had to be made of materials able to preserve contents for as long as possible. At a time when microwaves and refrigerators were still unknown words, the longer the food was kept warm and the fresher the water, the better.

For this reason, since its foundation in the region of Murcia (Spain), back in 1912, conservation, reusability, quality and durability are words that have formed part of the aluminium bottle factory's DNA.

Today, things have changed a lot. Technology has evolved rapidly, materials and the way they are treated have changed, so did the finishes, the designs... Consumers are much more demanding in terms of design and performance, both at and outside home. In addition to this, the world is now facing one of the greatest challenges of this century: the reduction in the consumption of disposable plastic. And this new context makes the needs for conservation, reusability, quality and durability even more relevant than ever.

Although in a completely different way, 100 years later, foundations are still there. The aluminium bottle factory continues to manufacture bottles, canteens and other reusable containers made of aluminium of the highest quality and durability, offering maximum thermal performance and a very well thought-out design.

The aluminium bottles are made of 99,7% pure aluminium. A specific coating is baked into the inner bottle walls. This high temperature curing binds the coating to the bottle interior and prevents it from ever chipping or flaking off. The coating is guaranteed to be BPA, Phthalates and lead free, as well as taste and scent neutral. All aluminum bottles are both reusable and recyclable.

Facts:

  • Location: Murcia, Spain
  • Foundation: 1912
  • Certificates: ISO 9001, ISO 14001

Branded aluminium bottle company made in spain

The plastic bottle factory

China

The plastic bottle company is a family business started by Alex and his sister. It all started in 2017 when Alex wanted to fight against the excessive use of disposable plastic bottles.

In 2017, Alex and his sister decided to act and setup a factory of reusable plastic bottle. Their goal was simple - manufacturing reusable plastic bottles for a daily use, that could last and replace disposable plastic bottles.

All bottles are made of high quality BPA-free plastic that is 100% recyclable and sourced locally. The factory has improved processes to limit their waste. All defected bottles are sent to recycling and the factory has no used-water. Water is used in the cooling systems of the machines and molds over and over but never used for cleaning.

Facts:

  • Location: Zhejiang, China
  • Foundation: 2017
  • Number of employees: 25
  • Number of shifts: 1
  • Working hours: 56 hours
Plastic bottle factory ecological and sustainable branded water bottle

The cycling bottle factory

The Netherlands

The cycling bottle company intends to make a positive contribution to the environment and contribute to reducing disposable plastic. To do so, they work with ‘nature-friendly’ eco materials such as biobased polyethylene made of sugarcane and biodegradable polyethylene.

The bottle are made of biodegradable polyethylene that decomposes in the landfill. The flexibility of this material means it is much more recyclable. On one hand because it is simply made of polyethylene, you can dispose of this bottle in the plastics bin to be 100% recycled. On the other hand, the bottle is biodegradable.

This is achieved by adding a bio-batch to the material that changes the molecular structure of the bottle. This had no effect on the use of the bottle until it is in the landfill or is accidentally left behind during a ride through the forest. In the middle of the landfill or under a layer of leaves and soil in the forest, there is heat and humidity. At the correct temperature, the bio-batch additive activates and the bottle decomposes into water, humus and gas. It does not degrade into small pieces of plastic as in oxo-biodegradable materials. The whole composting process in a landfill takes about one to five years. In nature this takes longer. Furthermore, in the landfill the gas can be recaptured for use as an energy source.

branded Bio bottles designed and produced in nl family technique innovation

The stainless steel bottle factory

China

The stainless steel bottle factory is also our stainless steel mug and stainless steel straw factory.

This factory is established since 2012 in Jiangsu, China.

The company is born from a joint venture between well established groups of stainless steel manufacturers. Their mission was to put their expertise at the service of mother earth by developing a large range of stainless steel objects that could become our everyday mates.

The company values offering durable and quality products. And if the stainless steel bottle factory is making goods products, better doing it in a good way... The factory aims to limit the impact of its activities on the environment and to provide a safe and respectful workplace to its employees. All stainless steel objects produced in the stainless steel bottle factory are made from BPA-free 304 food grade stainless steel. In addition, the company only works with 100% recycled raw materials sourced in Zhongshan. When recycled, steel does not lose any physical properties while the process is much less harmful for the planet. It requires drastically less energy and materials than mining ore and processing it to steel.

Facts:

  • Location: Jiangsu, China
  • Foundation: 2008
  • Number of employees: 700
  • Working hours: 42
  • Certificates: ISO 9001, ISO 14001
Branded stainless steel bottle ethical and sustainable corporate gift

The toothbrush factory

France

Bioseptyl is the toothbrush range of La Brosserie Française. Last representative of a traditional activity in the Thérain valley, Bioseptyl resists the globalization effect and has chosen to produce French. Here is its story...

In 1845, Alphonse Dupont created in Beauvais La Brosse et Dupont, a manufacture of brushes, tablets and buttons in the heart of the Thérain valley. Along this river having participated in the development of what quickly became a local tradition, the Beauvais site flourished and employed up to 450 people. Today it has almost 170 years of expertise in the oral and hairbrush sector.

But the phenomenon of globalisation is gradually taking its toll on the profitability of the site, as it has done for many French industries. After several takeovers, the definitive closure threatens when the idea of a crazy bet takes shape...

The Made in France bet

Safeguarding a traditional activity in the region, while at the same time making it part of the future: this is the challenge of relocation. In 2012, the site takes its fate in hand, and an employee is putting together a business plan. The management changes hands, and the new company name La Brosserie Française is created: the production tools are gradually repatriated to France, with the will to fight to save local know-how.

This means that all products are imagined, developed and produced in France. From now on, the transformation of plastics is done in Perche, then stacking and packaging are done on the historical site of Beauvais. Proximity ensures traceability, product quality and safety, while limiting the impact on the environment.

Eco-design, a priority focus. They strive to minimise the impact on the environment in the following way :

  • A reduced use of plastic, in products or packaging.
  • The use of solid dyes in order to minimise the use of rinsing solvents.
  • The use of recycled cardboard and vegetable ink for our packaging in large and medium-sized stores.
  • Recycling, through the reuse of industrial tools and through selective sorting in the factory.
  • Local production: small-scale production flows reduce transport and thus emissions from CO₂.
  • The choice of French suppliers.

Facts:

  • Location: Beauvais, France
  • Foundation: 2012
  • Certificates: Guaranteed Made in France, Ecocert, EnVol, ISO 9001, ISO 13485, Energie Verte, Parents, PEFC
La brosserie française bioseptyl branded toothbrush

The ashtray factory

The Netherlands

The ashtray production is part of SEAVENTS sustainable event solutions, an initiative founded by a group of surfers on a mission to reduce waste and stimulate awareness and activation around waste at music events & festivals.
The neck of the ashtray is a preform, a so called semi-finished product for plastic bottles produced in the Netherlands. They are made out of R-PET (recycled and recyclable polyethylene terephthalate). The lid comes from Dubai and is made of polyethylene and is recyclable when properly collected.

The ashtrays are assembled in Hoorn (the Netherlands) in a ''sociale werkplaats'' which is a Dutch concept. It is a social employment facility where the employees are people who experience difficulties to getting a regular job, such as people with a handicap, disability or ex-prisoners. In this way they try to contribute to the social sustainability of our product as well.

Werksaam facility hoorn

Moleskine

China

The company was first known as Modo&Modo, a small Milanese publisher that, in 1997, brought the original notebook back to life and established the Moleskine® trademark. Moleskine Srl was listed on the Italian Stock Exchange in 2013. The brand was acquired and delisted by D’Ieteren at the end of 2016.

Today, the Moleskine company has around 500 employees and a vast network of partners. Moleskine has always paid close attention to sustainability issues, from which some of its fundamental values are derived.
Moleskine is active on a daily basis reducing the direct and indirect environmental impact of its routine activities, both in the office and in connection with the production processes it manages.

All Moleskine collections are conceived and designed in Italy by Moleskine and manufactured in China, where the paper was invented in the 2nd century A.D. In China, Moleskine works closely with manufacturers able to combine mass production with a level of care and attention more typical to artisanal craftsmanship. All our suppliers are required to provide certifications of environmental and social sustainability in their manufacturing processes, issued by major international associations.

All Moleskine products are compliant with California Proposition 65, one of the most stringent regulations in the world regarding the safety and environmental impact of materials. Moleskine is FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council), supporting responsible management of the world’s forests. Moleskine notebooks are made with environmentally friendly acid-free (no chlorine) paper.

Facts:

  • Location: China
  • Foundation: 1997
  • Certificates: FSC
Branded notebook moleskine made ethically for Merchery

Stanley/Stella

Bangladesh

Since its launch in 2012, STANLEY/STELLA has focused on simplicity, highlighting the essence of the garment. They want to break codes and to change the perception of the textile industry. To offer products that respect people, the environment and customers. To produce more authentic and more responsible clothes that you are proud to wear and sell. Pieces that initiate change in the textile industry, made in a more humane, ethical and ecological way.

More than 99% of Stanley/Stella textile production is made in Bengladesh in their 5 partner factories. The jackets in recycled polyester are made in China (Shuangxi).

Stanley/Stella is convinced that manufacturing in Asia is a good thing if done properly. And properly means respecting the rights of the men and women that they employ. It means giving them the means to acquire new skills and to receive education and training.

In Dhaka, they have a 19-person team, all Bangladeshi, that monitors their 5 partner factories every day. All of which are GOTS-certified and audited by the Fair Wear Foundation, of which Stanley/Stella is a recognized member. They also have a part-time Sourcing Manager in China to ensure Chinese suppliers' compliance with their quality standards and sustainable policies.

They favor organic or recycled materials that care for your skin and the environment.

Stanley/Stella never uses standard cotton. Most of the clothing is made from 100% organic cotton. Organic cotton is a natural, GMO-free fibre that uses less water than standard cotton. In addition, its production does not involve the use of chemicals (no fertilizers or pesticides) and encourages rotation of crops to keep soil healthier, more fertile and maintain humidity. Waste from the cotton ginning process is also recycled for the animal feed industry.

The entire production chain benefits from the strictest environmental certifications and labels in the market. Among them - GOTS. GOTS is the Global Organic Textile Standard label. The strictest certification for textiles made from organic fibres. GOTS tracks the entire chain of production from farm to factory: from harvesting of the cotton, weaving of fibres, assembly of items, to the final product before printing, including even the export of our clothing! It certifies that Stanley/Stella cotton is GMO-free and is grown without the use of chemicals and is processed and dyed without using any banned toxic substances. GOTS also ensures compliance with the labour standards of the International Labour Organisation throughout the chain of production.

Facts:

  • Location: 4 factories in Bengladesh and 1 in China (Quanzhou)
  • Foundation: 2012
  • Number of employees: 20,824 in 5 factories in Bangladesh and 400 in China (Quanzhou)
  • Certificates: GOTS, Oeko-Tex, OCS Blended, OCS 100, Fairwear Foundation, GRS, Vegan, PETA
Stanley Stella Bangladesh Factory I made your clothes sign

AŸ Cactus

France

Coralie and Clémentine have started AŸ, a French brand of cactus 100% made in Paris, whose pretty and very pop pots are customizable.

All the production is made in a traditional way and in a local network in Paris. They started the business by doing everything themselves: they had their own nurseries in the Paris region and also repotted the cacti themselves. They recovered used cans and had a printer at home for the customization of the pots.

Today, although the activity has grown, Coralie and Clémentine find it extremely important to maintain this ecological and ethical approach. For the sake of homogeneity and standardization, they have now delegated all this potting work and work with a professional printer, but everything is still done in a traditional way and in a local network, it's really made in Paris.

Coralie et Clémentine AY Cactus branded plant

Rains

China

Based in Scandinavia, Rains is a contemporary rainwear lifestyle brand.

They work with few, close manufacturing partners in order to build valuable partnerships that contribute to good quality, dialogue, sharing of knowledge, and responsible development. All of our Rains products are manufactured in Chinese factories with more than 15 years of experience in rainwear and performance garments. Rains is proud to partner with professional and ethical factories that produce high-quality products in safe working conditions. The factories are aligned with our employee standards, including but not exclusive to secure health insurance, proper working schedules, and clean working environments.

While Rains values a dialogue-based supplier relationship, they find ethical audits to be a useful tool in gaining insight into our production. The audits help them to understand how their manufacturing partners work and identify potential risk areas. Their audits are conducted by specialist third-party auditors carefully selected by amfori BSCI – the leading global business association for open and sustainable trade. Going beyond monitoring, they engage in training and education programs to support their suppliers’ efforts in meeting Rains’ expectations.

Rains has specifically chosen sustainable materials. The PU-coating as it is significantly more environment-friendly than its hormone-disrupting alternatives: PVC and DWR-PFC. Light woven polyester fiber is used as the backside of the water-repellent PU-coating. Together, the polyester and the PU represents a strong construction that both keeps the fit and keeps you dry. The environmental benefit of polyester is that the synthetic material is completely recyclable, and by 2021, Rains' goal is to minimize its use of virgin polyester. To do this, Rains introduce a recycled polyester microfiber made of plastic bottles from a closed-loop system.

Going forward, Rains will remain to have a focus on reducing their transport carbon footprint with the help of efficient capacity planning and by keeping the percentage of air freight down to a minimum (currently 6%).

Branded Rains Responsible production Mindful manufactoring Rains

The candle factory

France

The candle factory, based in France, is specialized in manufacturing handmade scented candles and other air fresheners. They favor natural ingredients and eco-friendly production and sourcing processes. Their vegetable-based candles are made of entirely natural products, such as soybean oil, coconut oil and beeswax. They are GMO-free, without palm oil and do not contain any mineral wax or paraffin.

A wise combination and their 100% cotton or 100% wood wicks guarantee an optimal olfactory diffusion.

Indeed, their chemists have conduct a lot of research to improve the olfactory rendering of 100% soy wax candles and they have developed their own formula which is the perfect alchemy between all the different components in order to maximize the diffusion of the perfume. The combustion of the soy wax candles does not hide the perfume but rather amplifies it. They also integrate ECOCERT certified natural fragrances or essential oils.

Branded scented candle factory

Continental Clothing

China

Continental Clothing is a brand of fashion apparel based in the UK. Their factories are located in Bangladesh, India, Turkey, and China for some garments.

Over the last 12 years, Continental Clothing has produced an extensive work in the field of sustainable clothing manufacture, covering the work on traceability, advocating the banning of child labor in the Uzbekistan cotton industry, choosing low impact cotton, supporting organic cotton farming, offering 100% certified organic cotton garments, reducing the carbon footprint of its products by 90%, the development of a state-of-the-art clothing factory in India and others.

Continental Clothing is as a member of the Fair Wear Foundation since 2006. All the Company’s manufacturing facilities are regularly audited for social compliance and are running active monitoring programs in accordance with standards advocated by the International Labour Organisation, the Ethical Trading Initiative, and other international bodies.

Continental clothing is supplying us with the caps. These caps are made in China entirely with 100% organic cotton.

Facts:

  • Location: Jiang Su, China
  • Number of employees: 3,084
  • Working hours: 60
  • Certificates: OCS, Oeko-Tex 100
Cotton bag continental clothing factory branded 100% organic cap

The turkish towel company

Turkey

Sometimes called Hammam towel or Turkish towel, Peshtemal is a unique towel that is mostly associated with Turkish spas.

Peshtemal originated in the Ottoman Empire (present-day Turkey), and its creation dates back several centuries ago. Trade between the Bosphorus and Europe led to the importation of large numbers of Hamman towels, and they promptly become one of the most popular types of towels.

The towel itself is made from Turkish cotton, which has interesting properties compared to traditional cotton: its longer fiber makes the Peshtemal much stronger and more durable than traditional bath towels. This fiber also has the surprising peculiarity of becoming softer and more absorbent with each wash. Besides, Peshtemal bath towels can be used in many different ways, from tablecloths to picnic blankets or beach towels.

Semih and his family have decided to combine their know-how and services to offer Premium Turkish towels. The cotton used is OEKO-TEX certified, and dyed with healthy and nature-friendly colorants, guaranteeing a piece that combines elegance and quality.

Facts:

  • Location: Denizli, Turkey
  • Family business
  • Certificates: OEKO-TEX

Tactic

Finland

For more than fifty years, the Finnish board game brand Tactic has been recognized for its innovative and sustainable high-quality creations that entertain millions of people throughout the world.

Today, the group brings together some of the most renowned, productive, and in-demand designers, distributors, and manufacturers in the European board and outdoor game industry. Leaders in the Scandinavian market, they are present in more than 70 countries.

All games are made from 100% natural wood from sustainably managed pine and birch forests: the guarantee of a high-quality and eco-friendly product.

Orbitkey

Australia

Founded in 2013, Orbitkey was insipired by intentional living. The founders had a simple idea to solve the problems related to jingling keys, a key organiser. After a kickstarter campaign, they realized many people believed in their vision. Their goal is to impact the organization world.

The product is highly durable and has premium finishes. It is made in genuine cowhide leather. A unique mix of hand-crafted and highly precise automated processes is used. Therefore, everyone is sure to find what he or she is looking for, thanks to soft-touch materials of the highest quality complemented by durable and tailor-made materials. This product embodies elegance, simplicity of transport and well-thought-out organisation.

Over time, their challenge has been to create new products to revolutionise traditional ways of organisation.

Facts:

  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Certificates: Chemical testing pursuant to Directive(EU)2015/863, Certificate of Conformity for Directive 2014_53_EU, 'Authorised substances' from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), Heavy metals requirements of the European Council Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste and many more

Sprout

Denmark

From a student's idea to 10 million seed pencils sold

The idea of the Sprout pencil is very simple: as soon as it becomes too small to write or color, you stick it in! This way, you give it a new life by turning it into herbs, vegetables, or flowers. The Sprout pencil is 100% natural and biodegradable and has become a popular green alternative to plastic ballpoint pens with company logos.

As its founder, Michael Stausholm, says: "Every year an estimated 50 billion ballpoint pens are produced and sold. That's 135 million plastic pens a day! An enormous amount of plastic that sooner or later will end up in landfills. If we could replace just a tiny fraction of plastic pens with plantable pencils, we would have a good reason to be".

Sprout (which means "Brussels sprout" in Brussels parlance) does not only want to sell pencils. They have made it their mission to be the preferred alternative. "If you can stick a pencil in, what else can you do to recycle more? ». This is the mindset behind Project Sprout.

The highest ethical and environmental standards are rigorously followed within the manufacturing process and the company, and all pencils are made from PEFC or FSC certified wood.

Sprout World is also developing the world's first plantable make-up pencil, which should be launched soon.

The yoga mat factory

China

Established in 2015, the factory is located in Yiwu city, in the dynamic province of Zhejiang. The implantation has over 5000 square meter workshop with 50 workers and a 25-people sale team. They are expert fitness equipment.

The sales staff are trained and experienced in the products they sell, ensuring they are able to offer the best advice when purchasing the fitness equipment

Facts

  • Location: China, province of Zhejiang
  • Working hours: 60
  • Number of employees: 75

The grocery bag factory

China

Founded in 2018, the factories are located in Wenzhou Longgan city, China and spread over 3000 square meters. Customer satisfaction and ecology are their primary objectives. They want to participate in making the world more respectful of the environment. Therefore, they use materials that are organic or recycled to reduce their waste.

The grocery bag is a foldable, reusable and, above all, eco-friendly shopping bag. It is made of organic cotton. It is very useful and takes up little space. This bag helps you to go a step further on your sustainability journey.

Facts:

  • Location: China, Province of Zhejiang
  • Number of employees: around 150
  • Labels/Cetificates: BSCI ,IS9001, REACH , ISO 105-X12 : 2016 and some others

The bike helmet company

Belgium

Established in 1919, Lazer is one of the oldest brands of helmets and is now the leader on the market. The firm combines innovation, design, safety and technology. However, the company has never forgotten its roots since its creation. Its only goal is to innovate and improve continuously its products. To achieve this, Lazer uses its legacy and 100 years of experience and dedication. These helmets are created by and for enthusiasts. Its key words are passion, performance and pleasure of riding.

Facts:

  • Location: Belgium
  • Labels/Certificates: CE, CPSC

Redopapers

Belgium

Redopapers is the story of 2 friends sharing a love for paper, design and entrepreneurship. Their core business is SUSTAINABILITY. These 2 friends want to give paper waste and surpluses a new life in order to reduce the amount of resources going to waste. Every resource they repurpose means less new resources used. Their products are 100% made from waste papers and handmade in Belgium.

Therefore, this company uses local paper waste. The paper is sourced from local printing companies that share their philosophy and mission. They transform the paper waste into functional items. Their products are design and beautiful thanks to their unique look and feel. But, above all, they help you plan your everyday life in an easier way. However, this company is not limited to that. Whenever it is possible, these 2 friends work with vulnerable groups in their production process.

Artéfact

France

Founded in 2014 by Kaleigh Johnson and Fadel Imendjerioune, artéfact is a tea boutique located in a 17th-century building in the heart of the Marais district in Paris.
They source their teas directly from the most promising tea producers worldwide (including Malawi, Nepal, South Korea, Taiwan, Brazil, China, Vietnam, Georgia, Australia, Laos, Japan, Colombia, Rwanda, and India). In addition to tea sourcing, they specialize in tea blends created in house and often tailor-made for other like-minded brands, artists and events.
They have a wide-ranging clientele, from prominent hotels like Le Scribe and Hotel Hoy in Paris to the French Senate, La Confiture Parisienne, Kaviari, and the best coffee roaster in France, Terres de Café. They work with high-end restaurants and chefs such as 2-star Michelin chef, Chef Christophe Hay, Chef Alain Ducasse, and his restaurant, Spoon 2, Chef Akrame Benalal, and his cutting edge restaurant, Shirvan, and Japanese Chef, Terumitsu Saito, and his Paris based restaurant, Pilgrim. Our teas have recently been placed in restaurants and boutiques in Japan, Cote d’Ivoire, Switzerland and French Guiana.
In 2019, Fadel joined the Collège Culinaire de France as a Quality Artisan Producer. The CCF works daily to enhance and transmit artisanal culinary heritage through diversity, tradition, and capacity for innovation. They are honored to have been recognized by this prominent institution.

Savonneries Bruxelloises

Belgium

Founded at the beginning of the 20th century, the Savonneries Bruxelloises has asserted itself over the years as the number one soap manufacturer in Belgium. Located in the heart of the vibrant Brussels, they still occupy the original building where the company was founded. They use only traditional manufacturing methods, using the best ingredients and the best fragrances.

This know-how has furthermore enabled them to become in 2016 an official supplier to the Belgian Court, and to become part of the Belgian Holder Warrant order.

75% of their production is exported to almost all European countries, to the Middle East, the Far East and America.


William Whiteley and Sons

United Kingdom

Founded in 1760, Whiteley is a company specialized in the manufacturing of scissors. Today, Whiteley is still a family-run firm. 2 direct descendants of William Whiteley are working in the company. They are the 11th and 12th generation to dedicate their life to making scissors. Whiteley is the oldest scissor-maker in the Western world and has always stood for quality. Nowadays, there are 250 different types of scissors, each uniquely designed to solve a specific cutting problem.

Since the beginning, Whiteley has been designing and producing beautiful hand-crafted industrial scissors. Every scissor has been hand-made, assembled and tested by craftsmen in Sheffield, England, the birthplace of stainless steel. These craftsmen are using the skills and techniques honed and handed down over centuries. The world-renowned quality it achieves today has been gotten thanks to this transmission through generations. Based on all their years of experience, the company is continuously innovating to provide us the best groundbreaking scissors. There are not other scissors like those, which combine ergonomics of heritage with stylish and technologically advanced finishes.

Krama Studio

Greece

Design, production and finishing processes are all carried out in Greece by Billy Filippaios, the founder and owner of KRAMA MOSAIKATO. For 25 years he has been applying his know-how in the design and assembly of metal parts without visible joints to achieve the perfect result.

The Krama roller pen and ballpen are the result of years of learning and perfecting a skilfully mastered technique. They are precision moulded and assembled from a solid brass and/or aluminium part with a minimum of material. They are precise, durable, resistant and will acquire their own character over time and use. A unique know-how! But they are not just high-precision writing tools: they are true works of art, technically accomplished and finely crafted.

Sow Easy

United Kingdom

Located in England, Sow Easy is continuously growing thanks to innovative products based on the garden and environmental theme. Sow Easy provides fast and affective solutions to their clients. Many aspects of gardening and the growing cycle of a plant are reflected by bespoke products. Sow Easy wants to help turn the tide on plastic pollution by providing sustainable and eco-friendly promotional products even if it is a small but nonetheless important contribution. Therefore, its range offers an eco-friendly alternative to single-use plastics. Its products improve the image of a corporate brand, sending a powerful and enduring message of sustainability, responsibility and commitment.

Why seed sticks? This item will allow your employees or customers to grow plants by their own. This may have several benefits. People feel less stress and more at ease in their working environment if there are plants around them. It also makes the workplace more stimulating and interesting. This will help people to be happier and, therefore, more productive. Seed sticks are good for mental health and help to unwind and relax.

Facts:

  • Labels/Certificates: FSC, PEFC, ISO14001
  • Since 1983: In gardening & seed-based promotions market

Monbento

France

Founded in 2009, Monbento wanted to create an innovative catering concept. Design, quality and personalization is at the core of the business. Initially, Monbento has come up with a product that makes it possible to eat better, save money, fight against food waste and protect the environment. It simplifies our daily life and allows to take care of us and the environment. That’s how the Bento was born. Over time, the company has developed other products to further extend this simplicity and care.

The Bento complies with all international food standards. The products are guaranteed free of BPA in accordance with regulations. The company uses high quality plastics as PBT and PP. Quality is regularly controlled by independent organisations. All of this makes the Bento a quality product.

The Recycled PET backpack company

China

The backpack factory is located in China precisely in China, in the province of Fujian, opposite Taiwan. It employs between 50 and 100 people, all of whom have received adequate training. In addition, the company is regularly inspected by external bodies, which certify that the work is carried out in good conditions. A leader in backpack manufacturing, it supplies many famous companies and brands throughout the world, mainly in North America.

Facts :

51 - 100 People
Certification audit: TCCC Audit Report

The stone paper factory

China

Founded in November 2003, in Yiwu, Zhejiang province, the factory is specialised in the custom manufacture of high quality notebooks, notepads and other diaries. The company has state-of-the-art technology from Germany. In addition, the staff is well trained to handle these machines. Most of these employees (about 100) have been working for more than 10 years and have a wealth of experience.

In addition, the factory makes it a point of honour to combine its know-how with respect for the environment. After a strict inspection of the raw materials and working conditions, they have been awarded the FSC label. All the materials used are therefore environmentally friendly. For example, the leatherette covers are imported from the Netherlands, the PU comes from Alpha (the best PU factory in China) and the paper from APP (the best paper factory in China).

Facts:
50 to 100 employees
Certification: FSC

The Recycled PET Pen factory

Germany

The German company is a family business. For three generations it has been constantly reinventing itself. It has proven its expertise not only in terms of innovation, but also in terms of sustainability.

The recycled PET PEN pen offered at Merchery was awarded the PSI Sustainability Award in 2017.

The company is also regularly nominated for the German Sustainability Award and is also included in the TOP 100 of the most innovative companies in Germany's medium-sized business sector.

Drink Big

China

It took us almost two years to arrive at what Drink Big is today. Hundreds of prototypes, mistakes and lead fuse later we are happy to release the product of our life: A bottle. Just a bottle.

After all, we knew we wouldn’t be the ones building a spaceship to mars nor changing the world. In fact, we are pretty sure that our impact will remain marginal. And it’s all fine. But the idea of making an ordinary product a fashionable object has always excited us to the highest level.

Finally, could fashion be at the service of our planet. No excuse now.

As lying gives us more anxiety than Trump and plastic bottles combined, we are also committed to be honest.

Yes, our product is made in China. But consciously. Yes, we are not perfect, but we are working on it. We are on our way to not change the world. One bottle at a time. It took us several months before choosing the ideal partner for this adventure. We have always wanted to build a product that lasts, and it was pretty obvious for us that stainless steel would be the ideal material.

China was never a given, but since the raw material would be sourced in China anyway we decided to overcome preconceived ideas.

Eventually, we found a factory on a human scale with outstanding environmental and social standards.

Opinel

France

OPINEL SAS is a family business, managed today by François Opinel and Denis Opinel, both great-grandsons of the founder Joseph Opinel. The company manufactures in the heart of the Alps, in Chambéry, articles whose quality has made the reputation of the brand for nearly 130 years.

The collection is rich and ranges from knives to pocket tools for do-it-yourself, sports, or even kitchen and table knives...

The Chambéry plant employs 130 people, 75 of whom are directly involved in production.

Opinel makes it a point of honor to maintain its quality thanks to regular controls and continuous improvement actions throughout the manufacturing chain, while guaranteeing respect for the environment with the aim of limiting the impact of our activity on nature.

One of the pillars of the company's success is the protection of the brand, products and know-how. Opinel has no less than 900 legal protections (trademarks, models, patents, domain names) in more than 100 countries.

The Round lunch box factory

China

The Round lunch box factory is located China, precisely in Guangdong. It employs between 100 and 200 people, all of whom have received adequate training. In addition, the company is regularly inspected by external bodies, which certify that the work is carried out in good conditions.

Facts:

101-200 People

ISO9001 International Quality Management System

Karst

Taïwan

The need for paper isn’t going away any time soon, but the need for sustainable answers to today's problems is past its tipping-point.

Materials are responsibly sourced, employees are treated and paid fairly, and leaders work for a greater cause than a profit margin. Through theircommitment to inspiring people and helping the planet, they take note of what matters most.

Made from 100% sustainably recycled stone, and without any bleaches or acids, Karst Stone Paper™ is rebuilt from first principles to be better than wood-pulp paper: more durable, more sustainable, and infinitely smoother to write, scribble, doodle or draw on.

Paper is 100% tree-free.

Certifications:

  • B corp
  • Cradle to Cradle

Pulltaps

Spain


Pulltap's offers professional quality for selective wine waiters.

It was founded in 1996 in Sabadell, a neighbouring city to Barcelona. The company arose from the professional relationship between Ramon Brucart, a very prolific inventor from Sabadell, and the Alberich and Vilarrubí families of TADE, an industrial metallurgical company based in Sabadell.

The manufacture and development of all the corkscrews and wine accessories are handmade in Barcelona.

Parker

France

It's a world that spans more than 130 years of pioneering innovation, unique style, and world-renowned craftsmanship.

Aged 25, George Safford Parker applies for his first pen patent and begins the Parker story with the driving philosophy: “It will always be possible to make a better pen.”

In 1954, production begins on the Jotter, Parker’s famous ballpoint pen. The Jotter sells 3.5 million in its first year and remains popular today.

Making a Parker pen is a solemn act of creation. Modern Parker pens are complex mechanisms of up to 21 individual parts designed to work together to produce pens of discerning quality. For the most prestigious lines, meticulously selected materials are enhanced by decorative treatments and manual polishing before being assembled by hand and rigorously tested. Attention to detail is at the core of every Parker pen and it requires experts who have an aesthetic attention to detail.

Rive droite

Morocco

Yasmine, Sofia et Aurélie created Rive Droite in 2016 together in the purpose the make a difference. To create cool, quality, eco-designed accessories, at the right price, while respecting people and the environment.

Their goals: Working differently. Produce differently. Consume differently.

Products are made in Morocco, by talented entrepreneurial dressmakers, from recycled or upcycled materials (denim, cotton).

"Dudes" is the nickname we give to our dressmakers. Dudes is a contraction of "Durable" and "Desirable" in French , and this term has, in English, this kindly side which illustrates their approach.

With respect for the environment and the well-being of those who produce and wear them. At the right price.

The soap holder factory

France

This wooden soap holder is handcrafted in the South of France. It has been finely sanded by hand and left rough for finishing.

The maple wood for its manufacture was purchased locally and comes from French forests.

Maple wood comes from the forests of Alsace and Lorraine, where the forest heritage is essentially public and managed by the National Forestry Office in a sustainable manner.

This wood is non-tannic and will not stain the bathtub or washbasin on which it is laid. At its humble level, it will act as a moisture regulator and absorb water and soap.

Harmoni

Czech Republic

The Harmoni stand was designed in Japan with the aim of satisfying two of their most fundamental desires; to be healthy and to be productive. With their attractive, minimalist design, they have created a standing-to-work solution that is suitable for all offices and workspaces.

A Columbia University study also found that sedentary workers have a nearly two-fold greater risk of death than those who sit in 30-minute stretches. This increase in mortality is independent of physical activity level.

This has led Dr James Levine, Professor at the Mayo Clinic, to declare that “sitting is the new smoking”. Employees are aware of the dangers of sedentary work and thus the Harmoni stand can enhance the happiness and workplace satisfaction of an increasingly health-conscious workforce.

Harmoni is the most affordable, and least disruptive way to introduce standing-to-work into your workplace. The Harmoni stand is made up of four carefully carved pieces of wood that slot smoothly and effortlessly together, no screws or glue are necessary, so it can be assembled in less than a minute. As the stand is so easy to assemble and disassemble, there is no need to fork out on hefty installation fees, it can be assembled by any employee and put away when not in use.

BIC Ecolutions

Europe

Marcel Bich launches the BIC Cristal pen in France. The BIC Cristal pen is the first high-quality pen at an affordable price.

For many years, BIC has brought simplicity and joy to everyday life by designing products that are part of every heart and home. They positively impact the world by offering sustainable solutions that respect the planet through smart design and creating high quality and affordable products that last.

With over 50 years of printing expertise and pioneers in full colour communication, BIC Graphic transforms these BIC® iconic products into powerful communication tools. You can be confident that your brand is in the hands of the experts who take care of the planet.

The cycling jacket

Romania

Kevin Van Lancker praticed inline speed skating. At the age of 16, he made it to the Belgian national team and attended European and World Championships. After seeing the hassle that clubs and federations experienced getting apparel from the mainstream suppliers, Kevin decided to start a clothing brand and source apparel from factories directly

Kevin wanted to be able to guarantee quality and delivery to his customers. And the only way to do so, was to take full control. As starting a textile company in Belgium was not an option, Kevin moved from Belgium to Latvia where he started his own business.

They started off being a traditional manufacturer of sports garments to brands but slowly turned the company into a technology company over a textile manufacturing company. They've built incredible teams that works across 3 different countries (Latvia, Romania and Belarus) and today the company is recognized as one of the best sportswear on demand manufacturing plants in Europe to brands worldwide.

Dopper

The Netherlands and China

The Dopper Original is produced without any emissions in the Netherlands. The Dopper Insulated, Steel and Glass models are responsibly produced in China, with economical use of water and energy and with respect for the people who make them.

Dopper is empowering people to choose reusable over single-use water bottles, to protect our world's waters. Fighting plastic pollution, one single-use water bottle at a time.

Certifications

  • B Corp
  • Cradle to cradle

Klean Kanteen

China

When they created the very first Klean Kanteen, their goal was to promote healthy living and respect for the environment by giving people an affordable alternative to plastic bottles. From the get go, they've shared some of the concerns our customers have expressed about manufacturing in China. However, after much time and research into manufacturing options, manufacture of Klean Kanteens in China would allow them to provide a handcrafted product of exceptional quality at a price point that would support broad accessibility and cultivation of mindful, reusable habits.

At Klean Kanteen, they are driven to ensure the materials and operations involved with the manufacture of our products meet acceptable standards for quality and safety, fair labor, ethical business practices, and environmental responsibility.

The manufacturers who produce Klean Kanteen bottles and caps maintain certifications for Quality Management System (ISO 9001) and Environmental Management System (ISO 14001) standards established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The stainless steel supplier for Klean Kanteen production also maintains the ISO 9001 certification, as well as the more intensive ISO/TS 16949 quality management certification required for stainless steel suppliers of auto manufacturers.

The Organic pouch

Pakistan

Ethical ethos and commitment to reducing environmental impact. From organic cotton mesh grocery bags which marry style and sustainability.

Certifications:

  • Fairtrade cotton
  • 1% for the Planet
  • Organic Content Standard 100
  • EarthAware®

Pela

China

Kelowna Sustainability Studio (KSS), in Canada, manufactures and engraves the classic Pela Case and also collects and regrinds materials from the Pela 360 Program to make new products. It is also the home of Pela's laboratory equipment and where they conduct biodegradation and compost testing on our existing material and play with developing and testing new materials and products. Established in 2004 and acquired by Pela in 2019, KSS employs 12 people in Kelowna, British Columbia.

Their manufacturing partners in South China manufacture our Pela Cases and Pela AirPod Cases. Their main manufacturing partner in China was established in 2000 and employs 800 people.

Neutral

India

Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, with all manufacturing taking place in India.

Neutral® is the result of more than 20 years of experience in the conventional textile industry, witnessing a constant pressure for lower prices at the expense of natural and human resources.As a result, founders Lars Bech and Christina Larsen have been dedicated to develop a platform for sustainable clothing, manufactured with true respect for people and planet.

The defining aspects of Neutral® and Certified Responsibility™ have been a holistic approach driven by commitment and an overall focus on action and continuous improvement.

Leatherman

USA

While on a budget trip to Europe in 1975, Tim Leatherman and his wife Chau constantly came across leaky hotel plumbing and road-side fixes for their cranky Fiat. Tim realized the need for a pliers based, multipurpose tool. “I was carrying a scout knife and used it for everything from slicing bread to fixing the car. But I kept wishing I had a pair of pliers!”. When Tim came back to the states, he took his “multi-tool” idea, some sketches he made on the trip and got to work.

From Tim’s first prototype to the latest multi-tool innovation, Leatherman have been building their tools in Portland, Oregon. And when it’s time to put their tools through their paces, they test them in the great Pacific Northwest. From hiking in the rugged Cascade Mountains, fishing off of the beautiful Oregon coast, or exploring the high desert in the east, they ensure their tools are reliable for any adventure or task, big or small. They invite you to try their tools for yourselves, or read people’s stories of saving the day with quick-thinking, their own two hands, and a Leatherman.

Peugeot Saveurs

France

This human-sized company manufactures the most famous mills in the world!

In this French factory, everything is made on site: design, technical development, but also manufacturing. The wood is turned, varnished or painted; the mechanisms are stamped, meticulously assembled with the know-how of a goldsmith.

The wood used for Peugeot mills comes from European forests with the PEFC™ label.

The Arc'Teryx atom hoody factory

Bangladesh

Originally tasked with making insulated jackets, the Youngone facilities in Chittagong, Bangladesh (formerly Lalmai now CEPZ) soon put their large capacity and expertise with technical outerwear.

Discipline has been key to maintain Arc’teryx quality standards. The employees have learned to approach each Arc’teryx garment with a stringent set of habits, such as maintaining our higher stitch count to ensure durability and following corner seams meticulously in order to preserve the Arc’teryx fit.

The Youngone Group has taken steps towards environmental sustainability, including the rehabilitation of 2,500 acres of land in Bangladesh, by planting over two million trees and contributed to water conservation efforts for the local ecosystem. These efforts have reduced flooding in neighbouring villages and provided habitat for wildlife returning to the area.

The Arc'Teryx zeta jacket factory

Indonesia

Arc’teryx and Panca have a productive relationship built on aligned goals and priorities. Panca is a high capacity facility able to take on quality demands of Arc’teryx and invest in the years of training needed to produce apparel to their standards. This is particularly valuable during our current period of growth.

Panca aligns with Arc’teryx goals on sustainability and has various global management system certifications. The facility is certified on environmental management (ISO14001), quality management (ISO9001), health and safety (OHSAS18001) and social compliance (SA8000). In addition, they hold a gender equality certification (EDGE) and have won accolades in Indonesia for their work in this area.

They continue to grow with Panca and work to upskill its employees. In recent years, building on their competence with Arc’teryx-level sewing skills and habits, they moved onto other advanced techniques; in 2019 they began training on Arc’teryx GORE-TEX methods.

CW&T

USA

CW&T is the art and design practice of Che-Wei Wang & Taylor Levy.

They concept, design, and make real the things that they want to see in the world. These are objects and bits of code that they were spurred to make a reality to adapt, augment, and transform our surroundings into something better than what was there before.

The results are thoughtfully made, carefully considered, and overly engineered to do what they do and do it well—often for multiple generations. They’re made for the individual, to patina with your own wear and tear, and become a part of your life. Everything is made to be the last of its kind you’ll ever need.

They sketch, design, and prototype all their products from their Brooklyn studio. What they can’t do in-house, they work closely with talented manufacturers on to bring these into existence. Every step of the way, they’re touching, tweaking, and refining to make it the best it can be.

It’s attention to detail and that makes a CW&T product. They make things how they want them in our world, and if that resonates with you, they think you'll enjoy them in yours too.

hejhej

Germany

Anna and Sophie are the two founders of hejhej-mats.

One day they visited an art exhibition in Gothenburg. In one artwork the Turkish female artist Pinar Yoldas accused yoga practitioners of acting hypocritically. Since they often think they are acting very sustainably, but then they do not think about their yoga mat. Through this artwork, the two of them felt caught and since that day we have been working on our sustainable yoga mat.

Their vision is to use sustainable yoga equipment to reduce the amount of plastic waste on our planet and promote conscious consumption. They are enthusiastic about raw materials that flow in endless cycles.

Hejhej yoga mat is made from secondary raw materials and is 100% recyclable.

In 2018 our hejhej-mats were nominated for the federal ecodesign award.

Obut factory

France

For 4 generations, OBUT has been there for all of those who practice, whether they are enthusiasts or occasional players.

From the small workshop once located in the heart of the village to their current factory in Saint-Bonnet-Le-Château, they are proud to have developed a local activity. An Obut team with a passion for the little ball, which day after day, from design to conception, from historical know-how to modern production, designs products of excellence appreciated on all continents.

Montblanc

Germany

Pioneer since 1906, the Maison Montblanc is handcrafting writing products, piece by piece in Hamburg. Their products are lifestyle companions that will accompany yours and future generations to come. The process of completing their products is one of absolute care and passion.

The production of high-quality writing instruments is a multifaceted job, spanning the initial technical drawings for tools through to final production. The individual components of a writing instrument go through departments such as metal-working, electro-plating, injection-moulding and nib manufacture, and finally come together to be hand-assembled.

The commitment to highest quality and traditional values manifests itself in the Maison’s timeless creations, which become fine lifetime companions for their owners. In equal measure, this philosophy implies the continuation of the CSR tradition of employee development and community investment – a commitment to its employees and civil society as a whole.

Bialetti

Italy

For about 90 years now, the Italian Bialetti Moka coffee machine represents elegance and simplicity.

The tank of the Moka Express, made of aluminium, and composed of eight different sides, facilitates the diffusion of heat to enhance the aroma of your coffee.

As the leader in the Italian coffee maker market, Bialetti offers guaranteed quality. The original design of the Italian coffee machine has also contributed to its reputation of the brand for their original design. The machines are manufactured in the production center, located in Italy. The Moka machine requires very low maintenance and its average lifetime is more than 10 years. Water is the only thing you need to clean it.

Bialetti is the world ambassador for Oceana. This NGO was founded in 2001 and is today the biggest NGO worldwide dedicated to the preservation of the oceanic ecosystems.

Nalgene

USA

Almost all of the materials and manufacturing of Nalgene’s bottles and containers happens in the USA, minimizing Nalgene’s carbon footprint.

By the end of the year 2021, Nalgene will strive to convert all production of its reusable water bottles to Tritan Renew material, a revolutionary resin made from 50 percent recycled material.

Larq

China

LARQ began with a simple vision where innovative technology can be combined with inspirational design to help people access purified drinking water easily and sustainably. Their bottles are equipped with their proprietary PureVis™ technology, which is able to eradicate up to 99.9999%* of germs, bacteria, protozoa, and other harmful bio-contaminants without the use of toxic chemicals like mercury.

Facts:

  • 1% for the planet

  • Partnership with Plastic Bank to help clean up our oceans

Oakywood

Poland

Oakywood is family manufacture located in the mountainous terrain of Podhale, in Ciche, Poland, where the traditional woodworking methods are used to create modern technological gadgets.

Each Oakywood product has been designed to provide a peak functionality and durability and handcrafted by enthusiasts of working with wood. For every product, only ecological materials from responsible sources are used. These include ecological oils, Portuguese cork, merino wool felt, and, above all, solid wood - Polish oak and American walnut.

Paper republic factory

Vienna

Paper Republic is born with the desire of crafting authentic products: goods with a story and soul. The refill notebooks are made from the highest-quality, smooth natural paper from Sweden which guarantees a unique writing experience, whether with pencil, pen or fountain pen.

All the products are proudly made in Europe. Leather products are cut and embossed in Vienna. The notebooks are printed in Vienna with some printing also done in Budapest. Packaging boxes are produced in Germany and the wooden boxes are made in Upper Austria. The full grain vegetable-tanned cow leather is sourced directly from small Italian tanneries. They use 80gsm acid-free, PEFC certified natural paper made in Sweden. Our paper is fountain-pen friendly.

Raw materials are sourced directly from family-run businesses that the company knows personally and with whom they share a common way of doings things. Most of them are either in Austria or reasonably close by, in Italy, Germany, Sweden or France.  

Ekobo

Vietnam

Ekobo is a French eco-design lifestyle brand since 2003 that pursues its mission as a pioneer in eco-responsible design and manufacturing with the same enthusiasm and ambition: to offer beautiful and practical objects and accessories for the home and the outdoors that are good for the planet and good for your mood!

Each EKOBO product is handcrafted by local artisans in the North of Vietnam. The company forms partnerships with fifteen artisans in two specialized villages: one that molds the bamboo, and the other that handles traditional varnishing techniques. This process can take up to 45-60 days, depending on the complexity of the product.

The bamboo used for the products is organically harvested and is one of the most renewable materials on earth. It is a naturally regenerating and fast-growing reed that flourishes quickly without the use of pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. The bamboo used in some products is harvested from the sawdust created during the manufacturing of bamboo sticks and flooring.

Appointed

USA

American-made, practical, beautiful and handcrafted of the finest materials.

Appointed goods are designed to elevate the work experience. The Appointed team is a small but growing group of individuals who are committed to providing top-quality product and experience to all of their customers.

The paper is carefully selected for its smooth, durable quality and for the way it is responsibly made. They are actively changing the packaging materials and methods to reduce their environmental footprint by limiting single use plastic and choosing materials that are renewable and biodegradable. The labels, tape, and boxes are all made from recycled materials.

Vaude

Germany and Vietnam

The best stories are those that tell of a great passion. As the history of VAUDE. It begins with the enthusiasm of Albrecht von Dewitz for mountain sports. In the thin mountain air of the Alps, it matures in 1974, a daring idea - he makes his hobby into a profession and founded the company VAUDE naming it after his initials.

VAUDE became a member of Fair Wear (FW) in 2010. FW is one of the most recognized and strictest standards in the field of social responsibility.) This independent organization focuses primarily on the supply chain sewing industry, where labour-intensive processes take place and a large number of workers can be reached. Within the same year, Vaude introduced Green Shape. Green Shape is your VAUDE guarantee for environmentally-friendly products – made from sustainable materials and resource-conserving manufacturing.

In 2015, VAUDE reached the highest possible performance category as "Leader". This status is attained when companies have at least 90% of their total production manufactured in facilities that are monitored in accordance with FWF requirements.

The newly built VAUDE Manufaktur production facility at the company headquarters in Tettnang begins operation, helping VAUDE to expand its Made in Germany production which includes high quality panniers and bags. Production in this facility is 100% climate neutral as well as EMAS and bluesign certified.

Facts:

  • Climate neutral
  • Greenpeace Detox Commitment

Yeti

China

Two brothers with the same passion for outdoor adventures, decided that the coolers that existed on the market were not of sufficient quality to accompany them. In 2006, they found Yeti, with one simple mission: “build the cooler we’d use every day if it existed”.

Secrid

The Netherlands

The first minimal wallet was born at the same time as the first electronic payment systems in the 1990s. By designing a radically new product and production process, Secrid has returned to large-scale cardholder production in the Netherlands. The production is more efficient and cleaner than ever before, and reaches unprecedented quantities in this small country.

The products are assembled in social enterprises located in Leiden, Delft and Haarlem.

From the sewing workshop in Flardingue to the social enterprise in Leiden, the close cooperation with their 50 suppliers plays an important role. The company guarantees good, environmentally friendly production conditions and has already created over 200 jobs in the Netherlands.

Facts:

  • Partnership with FairClimateFund, to offset their carbon footprint

Victorinox

Switzerland

Karl Elsener opened his cutler’s workshop in Ibach-Schwyz in 1884 and 7 years later, he supplied the soldier’s knife to the Swiss Army for the first time!

Today, Victorinox guarantees that its products meet the highest standards in all areas and quality is never compromised, regardless of the production site. The majority of Victorinox products are manufactured in Switzerland.

Sustainability is at the heart of Victorinox's business, and the company continues to improve in this area. Recently they decided to stop importing wood from Africa and switched to local walnut wood.


Closca

Taiwan and China

Closca aims to inspire attitudes through design, creating products that have meaning for you and a positive impact on the planet to make us co-responsible for our participation in change. Closca creates innovative and technologically advanced products that allow you to have a positive impact on the planet every day, protecting and respecting the environment.

Helmets are manufactured in Taiwan and bottles in China.

Facts:

  • Labels/Certificates: Food contact, FDA, BPA Free
  • Reddot design award winner
  • Eurobike winner 2015
  • Gold Delta ADI awards 2016

Bodhi Cycling

Tunisia and Belgium

Cycling is much more than just pedaling. From this conviction, the Belgian bicycle-fashionbrand was born.

The sewing unit is located in Tunisia and the printing and design of the products are taking place in their own factory in Antwerp.

Le Beau Thé

France

Le Beau Thé workshop is located in Ile-de-France to contribute to the preservation of jobs and French know-how. All tea bags are hand sewn and are made of mousseline, which allows a better taste experience. All plants used for their infusion creations are organically grown.

Facts:

  • 100% Bio

  • All the tea bags are certified Ecocert

Memobottle

China

The Memobottle is responsibly produced in China by local workers. All the Memobottle are crafted using Estman Tritan. The containers are shared with other businesses to avoid any wasted space on ships. The cartons are made from recycled cardboard and are strategically assembled to optimize space.

Memobottle supports Water.org, an international nonprofit organisation that has positively transformed millions of lives around the world with access to safe water and sanitation. The path to breaking the poverty cycle starts with access to safe water. Through supporting Water.org, Memobottle has helped provide over 7 million days of safe water for people in need.

Facts:

  • Labels/Certifications: B Corp

The French Vikings

France

The French Vikings's workshop is located in Aubervilliers, close to Paris. The two founders, Billy and Nadir are able to offer unique, designed, hand-made and resistants products. All the products manufactured in Aubervilliers are made of white Calcia cement from quarries in the Ile-de-France region, dried river sand, fiberglass and fluidifier. The pigments are natural or synthetic depending on the color and come from the South of France.

Mishmash

Portugal

Mishmash products are 100% made in Portugal. In order to ensure good labour practices and quality craftsmanship they work only with local commerce. their furthest away partner is around 10km way, making relations really close to their hearts.

Useful, honest and aesthetically pleasing, designed right down to the detail with simplicity, function and the utmost attention. The finishes and techniques they use to emphasize functionality and aesthetic are yet to be achieved by a machine, needing most of the time a pair of hands on deck.

They plant a tree for each page you are consuming, considering an average weight and number of pages. Yes, they offset every single gram of paper consumed together with Quercus, a Portuguese environmental non-profit organisation that fights for better forestry management.

Certification:

- FSC certified papers

Kinto

China

Kinto was born in 1972 from the passion to create products that bring comfort and inspiration into the everyday life.
Their products are made at their partner factory in China which sustains high skills and quality standards.

In developing their vacuum insulated tumblers, they applied the vacuum insulation technology that the factory had cultivated and also worked together on incorporating new processing techniques. They also continue to make joint efforts to improve production quality and processes.

Sigg

Switzerland and China

The history of SIGG Switzerland Bottles AG begins in 1908: Ferdinand Sigg, a metal working specialist, returned to Switzerland after years of learning and travelling. Together with his friend Xaver Küng, he established an aluminium goods factory in Biel. Sigg and Küng are united in their love for metal and their belief that aluminium is the material of the future.

SIGG partners with a stainless steel vacuum bottle manufacturer HAERS in China. With its access to the fast growing Chinese market and its know-how in stainless steel, polypropylene and tritan products, the new parent company is the ideal partner. However, aluminium bottles continue to be manufactured at SIGG's headquarters in Frauenfeld, Switzerland.

Odd paper

Belgium

Made in Brussels using only paper waste. They keep their transformation process simple to minimize their own paper and energy waste.

They collect paper waste regularly from printing industry for reuse. Last but not least, they use the best binding technique for each type of paper.

La compagnie du Kraft

France

Made in France, assembled by hand. Producer of notebooks since 1930, originally dedicated to professional foresters. Their products come from the popular culture: the foresters of the Landes used to write notes on the felling of trees.

The "kraft" manufacturing process is a perfectly closed loop, allowing the recovery and recycling of chemicals and materials from the industrial process, and the use of waste as a source of energy. The closing of the circuits and the sealing of this "loop" represent environmental as well as economic imperatives. In the logic of a "closed process", all materials from the process are collected and recovered: additives and treatments, cellulose fibers, etc. The recovery of energy and the control of its consumption are a priority, in order to achieve an ever increasing autonomy of the manufacturing site.

Buff

Spain

Made in Barcelona. Buff was born from the simple idea to make life for sports and outdoor lovers easier and more comfortable.

BUFF® has committed to manage the company in a sustainable way by establishing an Ethical and CSR Management System SGE21.

Certifications:

- Oeko-tex standard 100
- ISO 9001
- ISO 14001
- UV protection

Topo design

Made in the USA

Topo design was born in Colorado in 2008 from the simple fact of wanting classic, functional and well-designed products that are inspired by who we are and where we live. Today, they want to produce the most durable, versatile, beautiful products that can be used around town, out on the trail and traveling the globe.

All of their local and international manufacturing partners adhere to Fair Labor guidelines and maintain certifications and best practices needed to fully support their expectations as they relate to the health and well-being of their partner workers.

Their long-term vision for process improvement is to reduce waste, harmful chemical use and energy consumption.


Wayks

Made in Vietnam

Wayks products are made in a facility in North Vietnam. Their manufacturer collaborates with the Fair Wear Foundation which works with factories to verify and improve their workplace conditions.

Backpacks are usually made from Nylon or Polyester (PET) based fabrics. Most commonly these yarns are derived from virgin material, that is: Oil. Used plastic bottles are collected, shredded, cleaned, melted, formed into pallets, spun into yarn, and then woven into fabrics.

This both saves lots of energy (and CO2) compared to fabrics made from virgin material and also helps reducing plastic waste.