SUSTAINABILITY & SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Better choices for a better footprint
At Röhnisch, sustainability means building the best products and at the same time taking responsibility in how to do so, contributing to a better future for coming generations. The three Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) guide our choices in every step of our design process, from the materials sourced to the transports used. Together we can reduce our carbon footprint through better choices in every step of the product life cycle.
First and foremost, we are committed to using sustainable fabrics that can withstand the test of time. Our current goal? To use 100% sustainable fabrics by 2025.
This means using more recycled polyester (PET), recycled polyamide (nylon), organic cotton (produced without harmful chemicals), biodegradable membranes (laminate), as well as ECONYL® regenerated nylon.
We’re proud that our beachwear for Spring/Summer 2020 is composed of 100% ECONYL® regenerated nylon. Made from recovered nylon waste, such as ocean fishing nets and other discarded material destined for landfills, the ECONYL® process puts sustainability at the forefront.
We’ve also made the conscious choice not to use fur or leather, antibacterial treatments, silver ions, or fluorocarbons in our products. The wool we use comes from sheep that are non-mulesed and we only uses down that is Responsible Down Standard (RDS) certified which ensures that down and feathers come from animals that have not been subjected to an unnecessary harm.
In terms of sustainability, we’ve come a long way. That’s why you’ll see in our Spring/Summer 2021 collection, 63% of our active collection, 69% of our golf collection and 100% of our beachwear collection use sustainable fabrics. To provide full transparency, you’ll notice certain products feature the phrase SUSTAINABLE CHOICE as a reminder.
Made from regenerated nylon found at the bottom of the ocean and beaches, we’re proud to use 100% ECONYL® in our Spring/Summer 2021 beachwear collection. As opposed to conventional swimwear materials, ECONYL® as a collective unit saves nearly 6 tons of carbon dioxide emissions and over 1,100 liters of oil.
We’re also constantly working on how to improve how our products are transported, from factories to markets and to your home. That’s why we’ve heavily reduced flight transportation and currently, 94% of our shipments are being transported by boat or train.
Last but not certainly not least, we’re committed to recycling, down to every last detail in our products as well as the consumer experience. You’ll notice we use recycled paper hang tags with soy-based print as well as recycled shopping bags (both online and in-store).
Step by step, we’re taking the actions needed to help transform our industry and create lasting value for the conscious consumer.
Together we can make a difference
Röhnisch is a proud partner to Hand in Hand International, a Swedish-based nonprofit that empowers poverty-stricken women in rural India through microfinance business training and entrepreneurship. Founded by two teachers, Hand in Hand envisions a world without poverty so that women can become self-sufficient, create an identity of their own, and give their children a better life.
Together with Hand in Hand, Röhnisch has raised 350,000 SEK (approximately $36,000 USD) for the village of Kalakattur, Tamil Nadu, in India. Through education and awareness, Hand in Hand has helped the women in this 5,000-inhabitant community improve their living conditions, strengthen their business opportunities, and support their families.
Here are just a few of the recent developments in the Kalakattur village:
- 170 women are now able to develop their business thanks to microfinance loans.
- More than 200 inhabitants participated in the Child Labor Elimination Project’s campaign to build awareness over early childhood education. 25 villagers successfully completed the Sewing Machine Operator (SMO) course while another 30 have already signed up.
- Over 500 animals belonging to the community have received routine veterinary exams, crucial for the livelihood of families who rely on these animals as a source of income.