Responsibility for the environment and nature is an integral aspect of Marimekko’s operations. A major component of the company’s business supervision in environmental matters is based on legislation and other regulations. Environmental legislation and impacts are taken into consideration in the choice of raw materials, chemicals and working methods. The materials used in products are tested regularly. Marimekko’s subcontractors and other partners are also required to commit themselves to shouldering their environmental responsibilities.
Marimekko engages in continual product development to improve the environmental friendliness of its products. Marimekko’s bed linen, as well as several clothing fabrics and knits, have been granted the Öko-Tex Standard 100 certificate – a guarantee that the products do not contain any substances that are hazardous to humans. New eco-cotton terry cloth towels have been introduced in 2007.
The company seeks to save energy by developing its production methods, investing in energy-efficient machinery and equipment, and monitoring energy consumption. Thanks to a waste heat recovery system that was introduced at the Herttoniemi textile printing factory at the end of 2006, all the heat released during production can now be used to heat the production premises.
Wastes and sorting
Marimekko’s production does not generate wastes that can be classified as hazardous or wastes that are detrimental to health. Mixed waste is minimised by recycling, and the wastes that cannot be recycled are sorted. The generation, recycling and sorting of wastes are monitored with reports and statistics on operations. Marimekko attends to the waste recycling of packaging in accordance with Decision 962/97 of the Council of State and the EU Packaging Directive.
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