We produce mindfully
Environmental challenges affect all of us - businesses, people, nature and future generations.

 

 

Being mindful means being concious and aware of something. We want to produce in a mindful way - being aware of and accepting all the possible impacts we can have across our entire production. This is the only way we can improve. 

Protecting our nature and our mountains

Giving products a longer life

Probably the most important step in reducing the environmental impact of our industry is to go from the old "take, make and dispose" thinking to a circular business model. This means for example making production efficient and recycling materials for as long as possible. We are doing our best to go in the right direction. Here are a few examples of things we do: 

  • Recycling: we’re starting to use more recycled fabrics – mostly recycled polyester and wool. Salewa’s iconic Sarner jacket is made in Italy and its wool is 100% recycled from discarded woolen products.

  • Upcycling: we’re creating products from production leftovers, reusing materials that would have otherwise gone to waste. A couple of examples are the Salewa and Dynafit smartphone insulators made from leftover materials from the production of other products. Pomoca also gives a new life to the skin waste created during production by partnering with Skinalp to make keychains, bags and wallets. 

  • Optimizing production: Pomoca conducted a Life-Cycle Assessment (LCA) on its bestselling skin to find the biggest impact through the lifetime of the product. Thanks to the results of the study, we were able to optimize the cutting process of the skins and are now saving 5-8% more material during production. 

 

Reducing our carbon footprint

We're mountaineers and mountain sport specialists, spending most of our time working and living among nature and the mountains. That makes us feel particularly responsible to protect the environment.

Some of what we've achieved so far:

  • Our Code of Conduct, which all suppliers sign and agree upon, sets environmental protection as one of the standards.
  • A majority of our suppliers are committed to using the Higg Index as a way to transparently share, benchmark and track the environmental performance of our supply chain.
  • Our car-free to work competition rewards employees who opt out of commuting to and from work by car. In 2018, together we commuted car-free for a total of 47,918 km, resulting in an estimated saving of 11.02 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
  • As of 2017, we only use LED lighting in all new or renovated shops.

Our headquarters in Bolzano

We opened the doors to Oberalp’s new global headquarters in 2011. It’s the heart and soul of our company. A warm, welcoming, ecological workplace for over 200 Oberalp employees. It's also a second home to local residents, consumers, alpinists and more – since the building offers a climbing hall, a centre for conferences and events, a SALEWA shop, and a café.

From the start, we designed the building to be as efficient as possible, minimising our impact on the environment. We have a photovoltaic system that feeds energy into the public energy grid. The amount of solar energy we produced and fed to the grid in 2018 was greater than the energy consumed, helping us compensate for our emissions. We’ve also worked to minimise our energy consumption. Since 2012, despite the opening of 4 new office floors, we’ve decreased it by 32%.

Our heating and cooling system is based on concrete core activation. Pipes run through the concrete walls and ceilings, acting as large thermal storage units and regulating the building temperature while saving energy. Next to our solar panels, we have a living green roof that provides natural insulation. 

Logistics center

Our central warehouse, opened in 2011 along with our offices, is built over four floors and is around 10,000 m2. More than 70% of our orders are fulfilled through the automatic warehouse system, which handles around 30,000 pieces each day.

Sustainability and energy efficiency in our logistics centre has been the focus since day one. All cardboard boxes used both by us and our suppliers are 100% recycled carton. We compress all used cardboard boxes with our compressing machine before sending them to a recycling company. We feed the energy generated during the machine braking phases back into the system via corresponding power feedback modules.

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