Carbon Emissions Report
Our goal from the beginning has been to create timeless high-quality products that are made responsibly and sustainably. This summer, we completed a full assessment of Varsity Headwear’s CO2 emissions from our products and processes in 2020 to more clearly understand the environmental impact of our business. We partnered up with ENDRAVA, a climate and sustainable energy specialist in Norway. They help organizations and businesses estimate their carbon emissions and find the best possible solutions to reducing their footprint.
The analysis began by reviewing the entire value chain of Varsity Headwear and identifying all potential carbon emission contributors. We had to look both at our Upstream Activities, all contributors in the making of our goods, and our Downstream Activities, all contributors after the goods have been sold, to get an overview of our direct and indirect emissions.
In total, our entire value chain produced 218 tonnes of carbon in 2020. This is a number that we are very proud of and hope to continue to lower. Although Varsity’s direct carbon emissions were minimal, it highlighted that the greatest emissions are coming from our transportation of goods, 55% of all emissions, and the production of our purchased materials and components, 44% of all emissions.
Purchased Goods and Services
Purchased goods and services includes the production of all components in our caps such as our fabrics, thread, lining, metal buckles and logos and packaging. This category accounted for 95 tonnes of carbon emissions, with 85% of that coming from the production of our fabrics and components.
Downstream Transportation and Distribution
Downstream transportation and distribution includes shipping to customers around the world from Varsity’s warehouse in Norway. This category accounted for 21 tonnes of carbon emissions.
Upstream Transportation and Distribution
Upstream transportation and distribution accounts for both the transport of materials and components to our assembly factory and the transport of the finished products to Norway. This category accounted for 94 tonnes of carbon emissions.
SO HOW MUCH IS 218 TONNES OF CARBON?
From the beginning, we have always prioritized understanding where our products come from and seeking the most sustainable options throughout our supply chain. We are proud of where our business stands today and are committed to pursuing our goal of being the world’s most sustainable cap supplier.
To start, we have offset all of our carbon emissions in 2020 by compensating environmental offsetting initiatives through CHOOOSE. Offsetting our emissions is the first step in taking accountability for our business. The next step is improving and innovating our process and production.
Pant Recycling Program
Varsity Headwear is not only responsible for our entire supply chain but for the afterlife of our products. During the month of October, we will be collecting caps at our shop in Oslo and deconstructing the caps to recycle the materials in the best way possible. Follow us on Instagram for more information on this upcoming initiative.
Reduce Transportation Carbon Emissions
With 55% of our emissions coming from the transportation of our goods, it is clear to us that we need to seek innovative transportation solutions and better production planning. Our team is currently researching local production options, ground and ship transportation instead of air, and how we can work with our transportation partners such as Bring and DHL to combat this issue.
Research Fabric and Component Emissions
Fabric and components constituted 85% of the emissions of our purchased goods and services. This reinforced the importance of always seeking the best and most sustainable option when designing our caps. Our design team is committed to only working with factories and suppliers that meet Varsity’s standards of production and sustainability.