Prevent - reduce - compensate CO2e.
It is our aim to continuously reduce and prevent the negative environmental impacts of products, raw materials, production processes and logistics. This is why we are offering ever more biobased, biodegradable and recycled materials. This will allow us to create CO2e-neutral supply chains.
To achieve this, we look closely at each and every stage of the value chain: Where do our raw materials come from, how are they transported, how are our own production processes designed, how do our yarns reach our customers?
We get actively involved at all stages of this value chain wherever there is a technical solution to reducing or outright prevents environmental impacts. Where we have reduced the impact as much as feasibly possible, any remaining unavoidable emissions are compensated for. This allows us to offer a climate-neutral product.
The analysis counts
How do we calculate the carbon footprint?
The CO2e footprint of each yarn comprises several components. The raw materials used play a central role. Even natural raw materials can cause relatively high emissions at the start of the chain, but are biodegradable at the end - and this is before any additional CO2e emissions have been considered.
It is important to precisely analyse the individual CO2e footprint of each individual product in order to make it climate-neutral, step by step. To do this, we use the “cradle-to-customer plus waste“ methods. This comprises all steps in the process: how high are CO2e emissions for raw material extraction, packaging, logistics processes, production of the product, delivery of goods to the factory gate of the customer as well as emissions associated with disposal of the product and its packaging.
100% wool, white
75% wool/25% PA dyed
Activities for reducing greenhouse gases
Emissions are generated at all stages of the value chain, from the raw materials to the finished textile. We are already taking steps at our production facilities to reduce the CO2e output of our production processes.
We require transparency from our supply chain partners in matters of sustainability and CO2e neutrality. We offer a dialogue with our customers on issues of CO2e neutrality in how we process our yarns through to the completed end product.
Sustainable products from ZKS
Everything we do revolves around responsibility for people, animals and the environment. Based on this ideal, we choose our suppliers and raw materials and build carefully selected partnerships. We offer our customers sustainable product innovations with transparency in the supply chain and production processes.
The expertise of the ZKS Group starts with researching raw materials and procurement of these from the global market. Selecting the optimum spinning technology, dyes and dyeing methods are key factors for producing a high-performance yarn. We are already able to offer sustainable alternatives for many conventional materials that are both ecological and economical.
Our existing certifications and those which we are aiming to gain for the basis for further developing individual sustainable business models with our customers.
Highly innovative production processes, some spanning across many stages within the Peppermint Group, we provide solutions beyond the yarn itself.
Think ahead together
We provide you with help in the sustainable transformation of your product range.
The various sources of emissions for our yarns are precisely analysed, calculated and compensated for in collaboration with ClimatePartner. We have a targeted range of projects to deal with emissions relating to raw materials and production processes.
All projects meet the highest standard classes in the voluntary compensation market. For our customers this means they receive a ClimatePartner compensation certificate with an ID number that allows traceability and can also be used when advertising the end product.
- Responsibility for the environment
- Increasing the value of your product
- Promotional added value for your product
- Traceable transparency for the end consumer
Calculating the exact CO2e footprint for your product takes around three to four weeks and is carried out parallel to the production process.
Example compensation certificate
The right projects for our yarn
The compensation projects we have selected in collaboration with ClimatePartner reflect a direct relevance to our yarns. These projects are also displayed on the digital compensation certificate at ClimatePartner.com.
Ocean protection / Plastic Bank worldwide
Sadly, far too much plastic and synthetic fibres continue to find their way into the world’s oceans. Plastic Bank pays local communities a certain amount of money for plastic collected from the sea.
Alongside natural materials, which are the bulk of what we use, and increasing demand for biobased and biodegradable as well as recycled materials, we continue to use fossil-based synthetic fibres. Once our products leave ZKS, we no longer have any influence over how they are transported. By choosing to support this project, we want to take on responsibility for these products also.
Reforestation in China & Forest Protection in Peru
Sheep farming and shearing for the wools we use takes place primarily in Australia, South America, New Zealand and South Africa. The raw wool is packed into bales and is sent for washing and combing - mostly in China, India, Argentia and Uruguay.
We would like to promote a natural balance between meadow and forest in countries where sheep are bred and take on some responsibility for the subsequent processing steps. We have therefore decided to compensate for these CO2 emissions with reforestation projects in China and forest protection in Peru.
Where everything comes together
We develop unique textile solutions in collaboration with our clients. Our highly motivated team is happy to help you.