About usNovember 9th
You can always feel safe when wearing any products from Johaug. Here is more info on how we ensure it.
Making a secure and just work environment for our co-workers at the factories, is super important to us. To secure this, we follow the UN´s Universal Declaration of Human Rights and The International Labour Organization «ILO»´s regulations that involve: Equal pay between men and women, no child labour and no exceeding of normal work hours. All of our workers are entitled to overtime provisions, and to get breaks during their work days. Which yes, should be a given, but sadly not in this world. We follow up on this by doing unannounced visits ourselves. But we also get help from our experienced friends in the non-profit organizations BSCI and IEH.
To be closer to our production, which mainly takes place in Vietnam, China and Myanmar, we have an office of 50 people working in Shanghai. They perform our inspections, secure the product quality and create important long-term relations with the factories.
We wish there was a better solution to this, but packaging is never really eco-friendly (yet!), so we had to go with the lesser of two evils principle. When considered over the lifetime of the packaging, paper and cardboard embody far more greenhouse gases than their plastic equivalents, so yes, we use plastic. 1/3 of it is however made from recycled material, and we are currently working on increasing the amount. The goal is to have a new eco-friendly packaging in 2020. Meanwhile we urge you to recycle it. On our side, we try to make up for creating all this waste, by paying qualified national recycling firms to take care of it in a sustainable way through The Green Dot System.
We produce a lot of our stuff from wool, which obviously is super eco-friendly. When other materials are needed however, we do our best to secure that our products are 100 % free from bad chemicals.
To sum up, you can always feel safe when wearing any garment from Johaug. Here is more info on how we ensure it:
REACH: We comply with the European Union´s REACH regulations, that prohibit harmful chemicals. All of our materials are registered and evaluated to be on the safe side.
RANDOM TESTING: All of our suppliers are committed to supply chemical-free products. Every 24th month we carry out random testing of every product category to control them.
PRODUCTS FREE FROM PFCs (Fluorinated chemicals):
Johaug started phasing out all per-fluorinated chemical treatments of its products (both short-chain and long-chain PFCs). To make outerwear waterproof We use RUDOLF BIONIC-FINISH®ECO Technology which is 100% fluor free. RUDOLF BIONIC-FINISH®ECO is on Greenpeace’s List of accepted Fluor Free compounds.
The Ecological water-repellent impregnation - Based on a fluorine-free recipe: - Water-repellent - Soil-repellent - Keeps colours and fabrics looking new longer - Allows textiles to dry more rapidly - Makes textile care a child's play - Breathable - Resistant to washing - Weatherproof
ANTIFUNGAL AND ANTIBATERIAL TREATMENT: We have phased out the use of antibacterial treatments of any kind. Why? Because the chemicals used to do so never decompose when they end up in sea, causing mass deaths of micro-organisms. Instead, we focus on new technology and design that makes the garments more breathable and dry.
BLUESIGN® SYSTEM:Our main suppliers of fabrics are Bluesign Certified. Which means, they only use safe input chemicals, monitor their air and water emissions and ensure worker safety so that the dyed fabric is safe for the end user, workers and the environment.
RECYCLED POLYESTER:A lot of training gear is made from polyester, which basically is plastic. We are currently working on replacing ours with a recycled one however. There is far too much plastic in the world already, so we´re really excited about this and will keep you posted!
To get that soft and silky feel to our wool products, we use wool from the finest merino sheep’s in New Zealand and Australia. It´s very important for us to know that the sheeps have been taken good care of, and that they haven’t been mistreated by the horrifying mulesing technique. To ensure this, we get our wool from the strictest controlled channels that have been created internationally. The certificates that follow, are the best assurances we currently have to make sure that our wool products are manufactured under good welfare conditions for the animals.
Johaug Sportswear has taken an active stand against mulesing and expect that this practice in raw material production soon will be history.
Each year, millions of animals are suffering for fashion. Which to us is bizarre, knowing we have such great faux alternatives to choose from. Therefore, all «fur» you see on our jackets is faux versions that do the job just as well!
Johaug uses only certified down from the food industry. The certification means that the down is not from live animals and the 5 Freedoms of the animals are respected.