CLIMATE-FRIENDLY, SUSTAINABLE & SOCIAL
We at ZWEI have made it our goal not to pollute the environment unnecessarily. This can be seen in our decisions and in our daily work. Our products are made with awareness of nature, people and future generations. For us, sustainability is not an empty promise, but a fundamental attitude.
Every package causes CO2 emissions through storage and delivery. Our goal is to avoid any emissions as much as possible when shipping. Over the years, we have developed a process with our dealers that has, above all, significantly reduced the number of returns. In addition to reducing parcel shipments to the bare essentials, we also pay a compensation payment for each parcel sent. This payment flows into climate protection projects in order to compensate for the amount of CO2 emitted afterwards.
Here's how we do this in detail:
We have been sending all parcels climate-neutrally since 2014. We were won over by the two concepts of the parcel service providers DPD and GLS. That is why we send our products as standard via the sustainability program DrivingChange from DPD and via the environmental initiative ThinkGreen from GLS.
In this way we support the efforts of the deliverers to switch to cargo bikes and to gradually do without large vans, especially in city traffic. With the DrivingChange ™ program, DPD has already reduced CO2 emissions per parcel by a tenth compared to 2013. GLS’s ThinkGreen environmental initiative promises responsible use of resources and the reduction of emissions. At the same time, both programs offset the resulting emissions through recognized compensation payments in climate protection projects.
For us it was and is important to actively involve our customers in decisions while remaining transparent. As part of the HAND.IN.HAND. we therefore develop measures that meet this requirement.
With the voluntary CO2 compensation, the customer pays 18 cents per item. This amount will be passed on in full to our partner First Climate and invested in a wind farm project in China. The compensation amount offsets 100% of the CO2 amount caused by production and transport.
The amount of 18 cents results from a mixed calculation for all products.
Over 30 percent of our customers took part right from the start and thus contributed to offsetting a total of 72 tons of CO2 between March and September 2020.
The resulting amount was handed over to our recognized climate partner First Climate in September and invested in the "Clean Wind Power" wind farm project.
“Without the voluntary commitment of the private sector, the climate targets of the Paris Agreement cannot be achieved. We therefore very much welcome the fact that ZWEI - together with its customers - is taking responsibility for climate protection and we look forward to continuing to support you in your commitment. "
Benjamin Schleicher // Climate Consultant at First Climate.
In cooperation with our partner Plastic Free Planet gGmbH, we have been offering voluntary plastic compensation when purchasing a ZWEI product since January 2021.
With every voluntary plastic compensation in the ZWEI online shop, the amount of marine litter and plastic equal to the weight of the ZWEI product is removed from the sea and sent to a recycling process. The compensated weight is determined based on the average weight of all ZWEI products.
At regular intervals we will transmit the compensated amount to our partner and he will collect the amount of garbage from the sea. The entire process is recorded and then published on our website and social media.
As with so much at ZWEI, the production of our artificial leather bags in China is the result of an old friendship. One of the employees who has worked at ZWEI from the start is originally from China. She made contact in 2006. Since then we have grown together with our producer and other partners.
Our standards in detail:
In order to convince ourselves of the high production standards, we are on site in China once or twice a year. In this way, we also strengthen the personal relationship with our partners, which we at ZWEI attach great importance to.
We only work with companies that produce in accordance with the REACH standard and AZO-free. All employees of our partners in China have health insurance, unemployment insurance and are paid well above the minimum wage.
All production companies we work with are BSCI certified. This essentially includes improved environmental standards and social standards that guarantee basic rights for employees, such as: For example: prohibition of forced and child labor, prohibition of discrimination, freedom of association and a few more.