Sustainability, recycling and environmentally care are more than just a trend to us.
These are the very reasons why we started Underprotection. We are focusing on being sustainable in every possible way and we are taking action to make a positive and meaningful change both socially, environmentally, in our community and around the world.
We wish to inspire and encourage our suppliers, sub-suppliers, manufacturers and customers to recycle and be as sustainable as possible.
At Underprotection we only use materials that are classified or certified sustainable. The majority of the natural materials that we use are TENCEL™ Lyocell, responsible wool and organic cotton. When we use natural materials, we select qualities that are as close to 100% as possible and therefore not qualities where several different materials are included, this to make the product easier to recycle at the end of the cycle. The synthetic materials we use all come from recycled sources, be it polyester, nylon or elastane. All our synthetic materials are GRS-certified and Oeko-Tex-certified. The GRS certification guarantees that the part of the material marked as recycled is actually recycled, while the Oeko-Tex certification ensures that the material is produced without chemicals and does not contain substances that are harmful to health and the environment.
At Underprotection we are working with suppliers from different parts of the world. There are many criterias and factors involved in our selection of these suppliers. Most importantly, is our demand for a high social sustainability when it comes to the people making our products and at the same time a demand for high quality products in sustainable materials. Proper working conditions and wages is a human right, therefore we only work with certified suppliers who carry certifications that ensure social sustainability in production. By working exclusively with certified suppliers, we ensure that with our choice of supplier we support fair wages and proper working conditions.
Packaging is a big and inevitable part of the textile industry. At Underprotection we do what we can to minimize our use of packaging and reuse as much as possible, e.g. by reusing the boxes we receive our products in from our suppliers, to send orders out to our stores and customers. The product itself always comes in a bag from the supplier, this is necessary for us to ensure that our products are not damaged during transport. The bag that protects each product is either made of biodegradable material or recycled plastic. When you receive an order from us, it will always be packed in shipping bags made of either biodegradable material or recycled plastic. We also only use wrapping and paper from recycled materials. To ensure optimal sustainable effect, all packaging must be disposed of correctly. On each bag used to protect our products it is stated whether they are made of biodegradable material or whether they are made of recycled plastic. If you live in place that sorts bio-waste, then our biodegradable bags must be sorted in this. If the bag is made of recycled plastic, it must be sorted as plastic for recycling.
We are making the world a little greener together with Treeapp. The goal at Treeapp is to improve the world we live in by planting trees everyday. The trees are funded by organisations and the planting of the trees are performed by local tree-planting partners, who make sure every single tree they plant benefits the wild life and local communities. To be more precise we are planting 150 trees each month and furthermore we are giving you the opportunity to plant trees while you are shopping.
We are cleaning the oceans together with ReSea Project. Imaging being a fisherman not able to make a living by catching fish simply because there’s no more fish in the sea. By investing a portion of our profit we are helping ReSea with giving these fishermen a new purpose in life; to cleanup the oceans and rivers to stop plastic waste harming the environment, marine life and society.
To be more exact, we have committed to clean 1000 kg of plastic waste from oceans and rivers together with ReSea Project. The equivalent of 50,000 plastic bottles (500 ml) each year. This is truly a movement creating a sustainable future, and you are supporting this every time you buy a piece of Underprotection.