Ticket to Heaven will actively contribute to minimise the environmental influences, which occur in connection to the production of our clothes and the business operations. Initially we have been focussing on two areas:
- Environmental improvements relating to the operation of our offices and in our concept stores
- Systematic work with the restriction of chemicals
See our strategy for the environmental considerations here (pdf).
How does Ticket to Heaven improve the environment?
Ticket to Heaven wish to reduce the CO2 emission in relation to both administration and transportation – we have set concrete goals for our reduction. To ensure a reduction in the CO2 emission we have taken a row of initiatives in 2011-2012:
- We are replacing two of our company cars with electrical cars in the beginning of 2012
- We have switched to using CO2 neutral paper for our catalogues
- We have initiated a printing policy
- We are minimising the transport via airplane from Asia to Denmark to max 10% of our total transport
- We have introduced ’slow steaming’ where possible. Slow steaming is containerships, sailing with reduced speed, whereby the CO2 emission is approximately 20% less than conventional shipping.
What other environmental initiatives has Ticket to Heaven taken?
In 2011 we introduced environmental friendly cleaning; in addition to this we have introduced guide lines for the purchase of environmentally friendly office supplies.
How are chemicals used?
Chemicals are impossible to avoid in the production of clothes, but a lot can be done to avoid the harmful substances. Ticket to Heaven have worked with chemical restriction earlier through the Oeko-Tex Standard 100, but in 2011 we have focused even more on this effort, among other things through a systematic programme for testing of chemicals in the clothes and through precise demands and guidelines to our suppliers.
We demand from our suppliers that all yard goods should be produced in line with the Oeko-Tex 100 Standard. We do not demand Oeko-Tex certified yard goods, since it is very expensive to obtain and maintain this certification. We do however work towards Oeko-tex certificating our baby clothes and bed linen.
By meeting the Oeko-Tex 100 Standard you automatically live up to both Danish and EU legislation regarding chemicals (REACH), but at the same time you are a little ahead of the legislation since Oeko-Tex in some areas have stricter demands than REACH.
How is compliance with the Oeko-Tex standard ensured?
Our core suppliers of yard goods know the demands from Oeko-Tex, since they also produce for other European clothing companies, with the same requests for standard. However Ticket to Heaven does not settle for this information alone. Based on risk assessment we have pointed out certain product lines which have been tested in 2011. All test results have been satisfactory. In 2012 we will also conduct a testing programme.