Sustainability

Responsible selection

The production of raw materials plays a major role in creating the environmental burden of fashion. Currently, the majority of the clothing we consume is made from new materials, although at the same time we produce large amounts of textile waste. Upcycler's goal is to reduce the need for new raw material production and the generation of textile waste.

The selection of our online store consists of clothes, bags and jewelery made from recycled, reused, or local renewable materials. This avoids the production of new raw materials that are harmful to the environment.

Read more about the materials used in e-commerce products

Our selection is narrow and includes unique pieces and custom products. In this way, we aim to ensure that we do not, for our part, cause overproduction. 

We also strive to reduce textile waste through the quality and timelessness of the range. We hope you find your long-lasting favorites and accessories in our selection.

In addition to new products, selected second hand pieces will have a second chance in our online store.

serves also Rental Service

Within our online store serves also Rental Service, through which you can rent clothes and accessories. In this way, we aim to offer more diverse options alongside purchasing.

Supporting local businesses

The ecological nature of the material itself is not enough to make the product ecological, but the entire manufacturing process affects how the environmental load of the garment or accessory is eventually formed.

As a Finnish company, we want to support the opportunities for fashion designers to operate in Finland and thereby diversify the options available to consumers on the market. Upcycler favors domestic clothing brands and small businesses with the will and ability to make their products as ecologically as possible from material selection to finishing. 

The production chain of small companies operating nearby is short, making it easier to verify both ecological and ethical responsibility.

Sourcing local also contributes to reducing the carbon footprint. Transport distances are short, and many of our products have arrived at our warehouse even on foot or by bike:)

Transparency

We strive to provide as much information as possible about the materials and manufacture of the products, as well as the special features that make the product selected in our store. In addition to the product pages, you can find more information about the brands and manufacture of our selection on each brand's own page.

Descriptions of the brands in our selection 

Countries of origin of recycled materials and countries of manufacture of products 

Energy consumption

We share the warehouse space with another Eastern Helsinki company. We have our own solar panels in stock, which produce enough energy to cover energy consumption during the light seasons. In winter we use ground heat.

In daily work, transport distances are minimized and transports from the warehouse to the mailing point are also made by bike and on foot, weather permitting.

Responsibility in e-commerce deliveries

All orders are mailed from Finland. Most depart from Upcycyler's warehouse in eastern Helsinki. Our deliveries are packed in recyclable cardboard boxes or paper or cardboard envelopes. The majority, about 90% of packaging materials are already recycled in themselves and can be further recycled. Products are not individually packaged in plastic. Some of the products are mailed by the product manufacturer from his own warehouse.

We want to avoid unnecessary transportation of products. We deliver products to Europe, but global shipments are not part of our range. 

The e-commerce return percentage is small, about 10%. Returned products will be returned for sale.

In addition, we make a donation for each outgoing order To Istutapuita.fi to grow a carbon sink to Karhulansuo in Kouvola.

 

 

    Approved by the responsibility panel 

    In November 2020, a service inspiring more sustainable lifestyles was launched ostavastuullista.fi. An independent sustainability panel approved Upcycler, as being a concept of Sustainable Clothing. The Sustainability Panel assesses the responsibility and sustainability of products and services in relation to reference products in the same product category, as well as how the products enable a sustainable lifestyle. 

     

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    Upcycler can also be found in the Finix project List of pioneers in the sustainable textile sector in Finlandlta. The Finix project operates under the auspices of Aalto University and studies the sustainability of the textile industry. 

    The criteria for admission to the list are the use of recycled materials, a business strategy to reduce the use of materials and actions to ensure the longevity of the product. Manufacturing in Finland or neighboring areas is a support criterion that employs, strengthens expertise in the field in Finland and, almost without exception, ensures the realization of human rights in manufacturing.

    Upcycler is listed in categories:

    • significant use of recycled and surplus materials
    • opened its supply chain
    • plan and action to ensure the longevity of the products

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