Sustainability is not an add-on for us. It is the starting point.
Our behaviour is based on a fundamental respect for nature and the planet we inhabit. Behaving respectfully includes being ethical, ecological, empathic, responsible, and sustainable. We provide transparent and traceable production and supply chain.
Read below our Responsibility Report for 2019.
Globe Hope is a company dedicated to the recycling and re-use of material through innovative design, quality and branding. Responsibility, transparency and making a positive social impact are at the heart of all our activities.
Globe Hope promotes a circular economy by operating in a way that minimises the loss and wastage of materials. The company offers an alternative to producing throwaway products by creating new, elegant and lovable products from recycled and surplus materials. Locating its production facilities in Finland and Estonia, countries where employees’ rights are enshrined in law, testifies to Globe Hope’s commitment to responsibility.
Globe Hope’s mission in a nutshell: We make lovable products from what is discarded and forgotten. We make valuable what was worthless.
Our behavior is based on a fundamental respect for nature and planet we inhabit. Behaving respectfully includes being ethical, ecological, emphatic, responsible and sustainable.
We take full responsibility for everything we do. We keep all process transparent, all materials traceable and all information accessible to anyone interested.
We believe there is hope. Where others see problems, we see solutions. At Globe Hope, obstacles become inspiring challenges.
Do the right thing
The world is full of tempting opportunities to take shortcuts or make quick profits. We accept that good things take time and we take great pride in choosing the road less traveled.
90% of the material we use in our products is recycled or surplus.
All Globe Hope products are manufactured from recycled and surplus materials. Most of the materials we use come from Finnish companies and factories. One exception is materials sourced from the armed forces in Sweden and continental European countries. The most common material we use comes from seat belts used in automobiles, and trade show carpeting that was used just once.
Other recycled and surplus materials we use include discarded advertising banners and flags, sails from boats and leather offcuts. We also use peat-wool in our beanie caps and scarfs, in which fibres of cotton grass have been woven into the recovered material.
We don’t use recovered materials in just some of a product. We maximise the use of recycled materials in each product we make. To ensure high quality and durability, we need to use also new parts in some products. The new parts we use include zippers, metal parts, elastic, and reflecting canvas. For reasons of hygiene, the inside part of our facemasks is new non-woven fabric manufactured in Finland.
The YKK zippers we use are ordered through a Finnish supplier and from the British company Coats. We source locks and metal parts from the Asia-Pacific region, because there are no Finnish manufacturers. Some of the straps we use are recovered, while new straps come from Finnish manufacturers, such as Inka and Finn-Nauha.
We buy new reflecting canvas to ensure that reflectors are safe and fully functional. Our reflecting canvas has an EU Declaration of Conformity (CE marking, EN13356) as well as an OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 ecolabel, and it complies with Annex XVII of REACH.
Hang tags on our products are manufactured from FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) cardboard and the adhesive used on them is biodegradable cornstarch.
Recycled products and services for businesses
Alongside offering material-efficient consumer products, our activities promote a circular economy for other companies. Globe Hope creates a wide range of recycled products from other companies’ surplus and discards, and used materials, such as work attire, or curtains discarded during redecoration.
A proud example is our reusable bag, made from the material for advertising flags, that was the most ecological durable bag reviewed in this analysis.
In February 2017, Globe Hope took a discarded protective tarpaulin made from PVC mesh, used in repairs to Finland’s Parliament House, and recycled it into quality bags and cardholders.
Our products are manufactured under subcontract in Finland and the Baltic countries.
Globe Hope products are manufactured under subcontract in Finland and the Baltic countries. We foster responsible production and long contract horizons. Currently, 36% of our consumer products are manufactured in Finland and 64% in Estonia, while 9% of our B2B products are manufactured in Finland and 91% in Estonia. Owing to high demand, reusable masks are manufactured in other Baltic countries as well as Finland and Estonia. The country of manufacture for each product can be identified from the product description in our online store, from the cardboard hang tag attached to the product, or from the cotton ribbon tag inside the product.
Long cooperation horizons
We’ve made long-term cooperation agreements with our subcontractors and we liaise with them regularly. We visit sewing shops 2 to 3 times a year. 70% of Globe Hope’s subcontracting agreements have now continued for over 10 years. Globe Hope has had subcontracting agreements with the Estonian company Style Wear for over 10 years, the Finnish company Nokian Nahkatuote for 15 years, Huittinen-based Laukku-Mäkelä in Finland for 13 years, and Mikkeli-based Otavan Nahka ja Tekstiili in Finland for 12 years.
Agreements with subcontractors have mainly been verbal. Written contracts were signed during spring 2020.
Our Code of Conduct, in both Finnish and English, is appended to the contract.
Making new products from recycled and surplus materials needs professional skill. For this reason, Globe Hope fosters long-term supplier relationships. Currently, we manufacture our bags in Nokia, Tampere and Mikkeli, in Finland, as well as in Tallinn, Tartu, Loksa and Valkjärvi, in Estonia. Jewellery is manufactured in Jyväskylä, Finland, and business gifts mainly in Estonian sewing shops. The country of manufacture for business gifts can be separately agreed with the customer.
One of our long-term subcontractors is the Otavan Nahka ja Tekstiili sewing shop in Mikkeli, Finland, where Globe Hope products are hand-made from automobile seat belts. Our Halla and Loska bags, for example, demand laborious braiding work, so it takes many hours to make one bag.
The clips on Globe Hope’s bags and pouches are made by the Finnish company Nokian Nahkatuote. Some of the products we make from advertising banners are made by Laukku-Mäkelä in Huittinen, Finland. Woven fabric from peat-wool is made by Neuletuote Koivunen in Kangasala, Finland.
Kassi ja Kaluste
Otavan Nahka ja Tekstiili
Höyläämöntie 18A 6krs
Rannamöisa tee 4
Tuuliku tee 4d
Less than 10% of our production is comprised of new fittings and materials. We use some surplus yarns, tapes and straps in our production. If we do order new fittings, such as metal parts for bags, we order them through the Finnish wholesaler Tarvike Friman. Zip fasteners are YKK zippers, and we trust YKK’s reporting on corporate responsibility and labour conditions. We are planning to test YKK’s more ecological zipper options and replace any that prove to be less durable. If we order new tapes or straps, we order them from the Finnish company Inka.
We aim to maximise the lifecycles of products
Our products are crafted by hand in Finland and the Baltic countries by professionals with an eye for uncompromising quality. We manually sort, clean and inspect all recycled materials we receive as part of our rigorous quality control. We only use high-quality materials and fittings to ensure our products endure in everyday use.
Care for our products
Taking care of and cleaning our products carefully and correctly extends their lifecycle. We have compiled instructions on how to care for the materials we use.
Read the care instructions for materials we use >
Globe Hope aims to maximise the lifecycles of products. For us it’s not enough to offer products made from recycled materials with one lifetime behind them. Our goal is to extend the life of the materials and our products to the very last limit.
That’s why Globe Hope offers a repair service for its products. A customer can use our repair service free of charge within 12 months of purchase. We will also gladly repair your product after a year, but will ask for a reasonable compensation. We hope by doing this to postpone for as long as possible the need to buy new products, and so reduce the challenges to our planet’s sustainability.
Twice Loved Hope
Globe Hope accepts Globe Hope bags, backpacks and clothes that have been used by customers. The customer is given a Globe Hope gift voucher in exchange. Depending on the condition of a product, Globe Hope stores re-sell a used product returned through the Twice Loved Hope concept or recycle the material of an unrepairable product into new fibre for new products. Contact our customer service if you no longer use your Globe Hope product and want to exchange it for a gift voucher.
Conserving natural resources is at the heart of all our activities.
Packaging and hangtags
We pack products from our online store as lightly as possible and we do not use plastic packaging. The only exception is facemasks, which are first packed in plastic for reasons of hygiene. Clothes are packed in a compostable bag. Online orders are packed in paper envelopes and cardboard boxes that are easy to recycle after use.
We continuously compare options to find more ecological packaging. So far we do not offer a returnable and recyclable packaging option because currently there is nothing available on the market that fully meets our vision of ecological packaging.
We pack our products as lightly as possible also for freight and B2B deliveries. We avoid using plastics, and we only pack our products in plastics if the customer insists on it for a particular reason. We pack our products in cardboard boxes that can be re-used until exhausted.
We recommend that customers bring their own reusable bags when shopping in our stores. If customers do want their products put in a bag, we use Finnish paper bags made from renewable wood fibre. Our paper bags are manufactured by the Finnish company Cabassi.
Hang tags attached to products are made from ecofriendly recycled cardboard, and price label stickers from cornstarch.
Electricity and heating
As a longstanding customer of Finnish electricity supplier Ekosähkö, the electricity Globe Hope uses is renewable EKOenergy ecolabelled by the Finnish Association for Nature Conservation. In 2019, 100% of the energy we used was Finnish wind-generated energy. In 2019, our Nummela headquarters used 29,971 kWh of electricity. We use natural gas for heating. In 2019, we used 5,132 cubic metres of natural gas.
Our operating premises in Nummela, Finland, use electricity that is included in the rent. This also comprises our proportion of the electricity used by the whole building for ventilation, outdoor lighting and car engine block heating. Calculated by floor area, in 2019 Globe Hope’s share of the building’s electricity consumption was 11 MWh.
“Waste?? You mean raw material!"
Globe Hope sees waste as raw material. If we cannot find a way to re-use a material, it is re-channelled as raw material for industrial or alternative use, such as water filtration, aerated concrete and gifts to sheltered workshops, schools and kindergardens.
Globe Hope sorts and recycles paper, cardboard, plastic, metal, glass, biowaste and possibly also hazardous waste in its operating premises.
In 2019, we only recorded statistics for mixed waste. The amount of waste Globe Hope generated in 2019, altogether 792 kg, is a proportion based on floor area of the total amount of waste generated by the whole building. Our target for 2020 onwards is to record statistics also for the amounts of other types of waste.
Offcuts are sent for re-use (ripped and used for noise insulation or water filtration, for instance) in line with our service concept for the unusable textiles discarded by others.
In 2019, the building in which Globe Hope’s operating premises are located, which is shared by three different companies, used in total 113,000 litres of water. Calculated by floor area, our water usage was 69,000 litres. Our water usage is closely linked to our operational activities, because the discarded and recycled textiles used in our products are washed in Nummela. We also use the services of a laundry located in Kangasala, Finland, whenever necessary.
Transportation takes place in various stages of Globe Hope’s operations and can be categorised as material transport, factory transport and distribution transport.
Material transport refers to transportation of discarded, surplus and recycled textiles, as well as purchased materials (metal parts, straps, zippers, reflecting parts), to our operating premises in Nummela, Finland. Determining the number of kilometres materials are transported, though, is very challenging because we receive recycled material from many different sources.
Factory transport covers the transportation of material from Nummela to factories in Finland and Estonia, and transporting finished products back to Nummela. In 2019, factory transport accounted for 4,880 tonne-kilometres travelled by truck, bus or ship.
Distribution transport refers to deliveries to, and returns from, retailers, consumers and companies, and this category of transport is handled by Matkahuolto and Posti Green. Finland Post neutralises Posti Green’s transportation operations, after which no carbon dioxide emissions are generated.
Globe Hope’s transport emissions are also generated by business travel, because we often visit our partners and sell products and services nationwide in Finland. Business trips by private car were made in diesel or gasoline automobiles. We did not travel by air at all in 2019, but we made 2 return business trips by sea. Overall, Globe Hope’s business travel in 2019 comprised 20,800 people-kilometres by automobile, 2,500 people-kilometres by bus, and 340 people-kilometres by ferry.
Globe Hope’s calculated emissions include emissions from purchased energy (electricity and heat), and emissions from factory transportation, business travel, building energy and waste. Our goal is to widen the emission calculation to also include emissions from production and other transportation.
We plan to address the calculated emissions of suppliers and subcontractors also over the next few years. Calculations cannot be exact, but our subcontractors follow our instructions and actively pursue opportunities for reducing their carbon footprint. Our subcontractors are small factories and operate in line with our ecological principles in Finland and Estonia.
Globe Hope’s goal is to be climate neutral by 2025, meaning that our carbon handprint is at least the size of our carbon footprint by that year. The first step towards reaching that goal is to measure both our carbon footprint and our carbon handprint. We can apply this information to developing those areas where we can make a more positive net impact on the climate.
We plan to start measuring carbon footprints and carbon handprints during 2021.
Throughout all our years of operating, we have made products from discarded, recycled and surplus materials, and encouraged other companies to recycle materials. Savings in materials achieved by our operations has had a positive impact on global climate compared to the use of virgin materials.
We take part in the social dialogue about conserving natural resources
Globe Hope plays an active role in the social dialogue about conserving natural resources. We encourage shopping for new only when necessary to avoid overconsumption. We maintain a dialogue on social media throughout the year. We also project our message through influencer marketing.
In addition, we are active in the following ways:
- We have taken part in the Fashion Revolution and White Monday campaigns against throwaway consumption, and participated in the Telaketju network promoting a circular economy through the sustainable recycling of textiles.
- Globe Hope participates in the social dialogue about conserving natural resources. Whenever we can, we try to encourage corporate responsibility and ecological sustainability in Finland. One of our proposals is a reduced rate of tax on recycled products.
- Globe Hope’s local production ensures that child labour is not used in our operations.
- A pioneer in promoting a circular economy, CEO Seija Lukkala is a shining example of trail-blazing work in ecodesign. She has won many awards, including recognition as Amnesty International’s Designer of the Year 2005 and the Finnish Ministry of Education’s Finland prize in 2006. Lukkala frequently visits events and educational institutes to speak about responsibility and a circular economy.
- Responsibility is at the heart of all our activities and the reason Globe Hope exists.
- Globe Hope took part in White Monday on 25 November 2019 to protest overconsumption.
- Globe Hope has participated in Ykkösketju, a joint campaign by citizens, organisations, companies and trade unions petitioning the Finnish government to pass legislation committing Finland to human rights and corporate accountability. The petition was handed to government formateur Antti Rinne on 6 May 2019.
- Globe Hope took part in Fashion Revolution Finland during the week 22-28 April 2019, a campaign providing guidance, advice and Facebook-live posts.
- Globe Hope took part in the Anti-Black Friday rally by holding a Buy Nothing Day on 23 November 2018.
- We have also cooperated with numerous charity organisations, including African Care, SASK, WWF, and UNICEF.
- We were involved in African Care Action Day on Tuesday 3 December 2019, when we collected money from online sales for a project promoting the welfare of women and children.
- In September 2019 we donated money to the WWF towards saving the Amazon rain forest.
- We took part in the 2019 Weecos for Pride campaign, collecting money for Finnish LGBT rights organisation SETA with our Pride product.
- On Women’s Day 2018 we collected money for SASK to fund a project in Myanmar to support trade unions in Myanmar’s textile industry in monitoring work safety, working conditions and workers’ earnings
- Since October 2020, Globe Hope is donating 10% from each Faircarpet-product price to the Finnish World Vision organization, to help the save children in Rwanda.