PLANET

We put our effort into an eveironment conservation so that we can pass on this beautiful planet to the next generation.

The beautiful nature is our field to play sports, and all businesses are responsible for preserving the environment by operating in a harmonic manner with nature. In our environmental policy, we set forth our goal of being a company that coexists with the local community and we continue working to proactively preserve the environment. We pledge to pass on to the next generation a vibrant, natural environment where everyone can enjoy sports.

The beautiful nature is our field to play sports, and all businesses are responsible for preserving the environment by operating in a harmonic manner with nature. In our environmental policy, we set forth our goal of being a company that coexists with the local community and we continue working to proactively preserve the environment. We pledge to pass on to the next generation a vibrant, natural environment where everyone can enjoy sports.

Responsible Consumption and Production

GOLDWIN is doing what it can for the environment as a sports product manufacturer under the GREEN IS GOOD concept. A wide range of initiatives are underway to protect the fragile Earth at every phase of production, from product manufacturing to salvage and reuse, under the keywords of “recycling,” “selective use,” and “long term use.” In this way we are seeking to contribute to the 12th SDG, “responsible consumption and production.”

What We Can Do for The Environment as a Sports Product Manufacturer Under the GREEN IS GOOD Concept

GOLDWIN is doing what it can for the environment as a sports product manufacturer under the GREEN IS GOOD concept through the development of environmentally-conscious products and ideas that are fun yet also reduce our impact on the environment.

Our initiatives are taking place based on the three pillars of “GREEN CYCLE,” a recycling system, “GREEN MATERIAL,” which means selecting materials that reduce our environmental burden, and” GREEN MIND,” which means wearing and using products for longer periods of time.

GREEN CYCLE (Recycle and Reuse)
Campaign: Strengthening the Recycling System

GREEN CYCLE is a recycling system that collects used products to remake new products.
GOLDWIN started GREEN CYCLE in 2009. At first the system was for collecting and chemically recycling polyester and nylon products. Starting in 2013, we collected and recycled down clothing and in 2015, we started a partnership with I:Collect Japan to collect other clothing brands regardless of their condition. It is possible to return products to a highly pure raw material similar to their original state if manufactured using petroleum and this makes it possible to significantly reduce energy usage and CO2 output as we can sustainably create new products from currently existing products without relying on limited fossil fuels.
In February 2018 we formed a partnership with Japan Environment Planning and introduced the BRING system which recycles all the polyester products collected into polyester resin.

[A New GREEN CYCLE Structure]
Products collected at our stores are separated and used by I:Collect Japan. Polyester products that I:Collect Japan can’t make use of as used clothing are handed over to Japan Environment Planning where they are recycled into new polyester resin. GOLDWIN will continue to build a recycling system that manufactures and sells new sportswear using recycled polyester.
[Clothing Collected Between April 1, 2017 & March 31, 2018]
No. of Articles Collected: 3,858 (181% increase over the previous year)
Weight Collected: 2,400.5 kg (157.2% increase over the previous year)
Reduction in CO2 Emissions: 18,055.5 kg of CO2 (157.2% increase over the previous year / According to the Ministry for Environment 3R Visualization Tools Simplified Version)

Collecting and Recycling Unneeded School Gym Uniforms

GOLDWIN has been collecting unneeded school gym uniforms every year since FY2012. These are gym uniforms that we planned, manufactured, and sold and which can be recycled into new material. After collection, the material is recycled into the raw material for polyester through the GREEN CYCLE recycling program.
In FY2017 we set up three collection boxes at high schools in Toyama Prefecture and received 54 uniforms.

Recycling-Oriented Social Initiatives

[Developing and Selling Environmentally-Conscious and Healthy Products]
The GOLDWIN environmental policy states that we will develop and sell environmentally-conscious and healthy products. We set a goal of 13% or higher for the percentage of environmentally-conscious products to be sold in FY2017 as an operational guide and unfortunately we only reached 11.0%, just short of our goal. While there was a 97% decrease compared to the previous year for sales revenue, there was a marginal increase in sales for products using environmentally-friendly materials. We have taken these results to heart and will be further ramping up our environmental initiatives, such as in the development and sale of environmentally-conscious products, product recycling, the installation of collection boxes at stores, the GREEN DOWN recycling project, and product collection and recycling through our partnership with I:Collect Japan.

GREEN MATERIAL (Selective Use)
Initiative: Sports Apparel Made Using the Outer Skin of Onions as a Dye

GOLDWIN and Komatsu Matere, Co., Ltd. were the first to successfully bring to market dyed sports apparel made from merino wool dyed in a hybrid chemical and natural dye that uses the outer skin of onions, by employing jointly developed specialized technology. This product has been sold under our Icebreaker brand since January 2018.
While naturally dyed products are beautiful, they can easily fade and it was traditionally difficult to use them for sports apparel. However, our newly developed dying technology allows the dye to retain its color and have a beautiful hue. We were also able to use the outer skins of onions that would otherwise be thrown away and this furthers our goal of being environmentally-conscious and coexisting with the natural world.

Repair System

We must change our socio-economic system of mass production, mass consumption, and mass disposal to a system of sustainable production and consumption. GOLDWIN has been working for 40 years on its repair system for The North Face products so that customers will be able to use their products for years to come.

GREEN MIND (Longer Use) Initiative: Repair Service

For 40 years, since when we began selling The North Face products in 1978, we have followed through with our repair service policy which states that “We will not accept any payment if the cause of a defect is the material or manufacturing process. In other cases, we will offer repairs for a fair price.” We currently apply this policy not only to outdoor brand products, including The North Face products, but also to motorcycle apparel, ski apparel, athletic apparel, and more.

There is a trend towards using products for longer periods of time as people became more concious about an environment. The number of repair requests has been increasing and we experienced 3.6 times increase from 3,500 requests per year in 2004 to 12,600 requests in 2017.

[GOLDWIN Technical Center]
The GOLDWIN Technical Center, located in Oyabe, Toyama Prefecture, has the facilities and technology to produce some of our company’s products and it performs repairs for The North Face products as well as new product development.

Techniques of Skilled Craftsmen

At the Toyama GOLDWIN Technical Center, our expert staff use the latest equipment to sew, weld, and repair.
To achieve higher level of functionality and attention to detail with material created using the latest technologies requires, not a machine, but skills of these expert craftsmen at Toyama.
We have a number of staff that are multi-talented and are able to make skillful use of many different types of sewing machines. Our repair work in particular are handled by these skilled specialists.
In general, one craftsman is responsible for repairing one garment. Such experienced staff members understand the structure for each product and how it’s made and they have the skill to make a garment from scratch.

[Repair Sample 01]
Tear in the GORE-TEX shell on the right back shoulder area.

[Repair Sample 02]
Damage to the cuff and the adjuster on an insulating jacket