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Environment

66˚North's approach to protecting the Earth

Circular

Carbon neutrality is only the beginning​

All manufacturing and distribution causes harm to the earth. How then can a company be “sustainable,” and does that word still have meaning? As it comes to clothing, we believe that over-consumerism, disposable products, and waste (which restarts the vicious cycle) cause the greatest harm to the earth. It doesn’t matter if you buy a biodegradable jacket if—due to function, quality, or aesthetics—you buy a new one every year. Through longevity of design, function, construction, care, and desirability, 66˚North expects our products to reduce the need for long-term consumption whether bought new or second-hand. ​

While 66˚North is a carbon neutral business, it is only through our holistic approach to circularity that we can minimize harm, mitigate our impact, and make a net positive impact on the world.​

We also accept that there is no perfect solution. In all decisions to do with impact, there are trade-offs. We believe we have opted for the most responsible choices but acknowledge differing views and welcome your comments and criticisms.


Released C02 in 2020

We released 376,2 tCO2e in 2020. We offset this with our combined business practices and by planting 3,892 trees

36%
Scope 1
135.7 t CO2

Fuel from vehicles
Heating with natural gas
18%
Scope 2
68.8 t CO2

Electricity
Heating
Water
46%
Scope 3
171.8 t CO2

Business travels
Sorted waste in HQ and selected stores
Transportation and distribution*

*in 2020 we were able to add most of our transportation and distribution emissions due to more accurate calculations. This results in an increase in total emissions.


Released C02 in 2019

We released 274,1 tCO2e in 2019. We offset this with our combined business practices and by planting 2,741 trees

52%
Scope 1
142.2 t CO2

Fuel from vehicles
Heating with natural gas
24%
Scope 2
65.8 t CO2

Electricity
Heating
Water
24%
Scope 3
66.1 t CO2

Business travels
Sorted waste in HQ and selected stores

Offsets at a Human Scale

At 66˚North we believe these offsets should be at a human scale. That means we will always ensure our need for offsets is so low that we can offset our annual carbon footprint in a single day, with trees planted by our own staff. If our need for carbon offsets has grown beyond that scale, we have become too big.

In order to maintain our certification as a carbon neutral company, we are required to buy carbon offset credits through a certified marketplace. This is done in addition to our staff planting days, meaning that the combination of offsets purchased and offsets planted makes 66˚North one of the world's only carbon negative companies.

Read more about the forestry of 66°North

We have offset our total emissions for 2019 & 2020 through Kolviður by investing in the planting of 6,633 trees

Circular

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Design Philosophy

Our commitment is to create high quality products for versatile usage with the mindset that they should last.


Materials

All manufacturing and distribution causes harm to the earth. How then can a company be “sustainable,” and does that word still have meaning?