SUSTAINABILITY AT FILIPPA K
OUR MISSION IS TO DRIVE A MOVEMENT
OF MINDFUL CONSUMPTION
Since 1993 we’ve created clothing that meets the real needs of everyday life – with timeless style, quality, and fits. By ensuring each piece is designed to last, we can do our part in leaving the world a better place than we found it.
The pandemic brought unanticipated challenges to the fashion industry. Thanks to our existing approach of fewer, better pieces, we were able to make quick decisions and find creative solutions that were in line with our business trajectory. Like many brands, the experience encouraged us to take stock and we decided to write a new set of goals that reflect the world we’re living in today. Everything we do is now measured against this 2030 framework (which can be found below).
We’re grateful to share this journey towards a more sustainable future with you.
EXPLORE OUR 2020 SUSTAINABILITY HIGHLIGHTS BELOW
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FEWER BUT BETTER:
A NEW RANGE STRATEGY
2020 was a year of finding quick, creative solutions, and
our range strategy was no exception. We’d always planned
to reduce the number of styles in our assortment, but the
pandemic meant that this change would take effect sooner.
Thanks to our strong relationships with long-term
suppliers,we were able to focus on fewer, better pieces
for the Autumn Winter 2020 collection. It combined new
pieces with designs from previous seasons – a seamless
transition due to our timeless aesthetic and quality. We’ve
always seen our garments as part of a complete, long-
lasting wardrobe, and this updated strategy only
reinforces that mindset.
In addition to reducing the size of our assortment, we also
increased the percentage represented by our Core
Collection. The permanent range consists of classic,
non-seasonal styles that create the foundation for a long-
lasting wardrobe. They’re the pieces our customers keep
coming back to, and they never go on sale. Because they
don’t follow the typical fashion calendar, we’re able to
produce them during slower times of the year and give our
suppliers continuity of production.
FACTS & FIGURES
THE AVERAGE NUMBER OF WEARS FOR A
TYPICAL PIECE OF CLOTHING IS 7 TIMES –
FILIPPA K GARMENTS ARE WORN 10 TIMES
MORE, WITH AN AVERAGE OF 75 WEARS.
Mistra Future Fashion revealed that even just doubling the number of uses for a garment’s lifecycle eliminated almost 50% of the impact of production.
SCALING UP THE
SWEDISH WOOL SWEATER
The Swedish Wool project began in 2019 when we
discovered that the wool byproduct from the local meat
industry was going to waste. We partnered with another
Swedish brand, Röjk, and a Swedish sheep farm in Kungsör
to develop a new traceable supply chain that put this
valuable resource to use.
After the success of the first Swedish Wool Sweater
we’ve begun scaling up the project with the support of
Axfoundation, allowing us to bring in more brands and
stakeholders. We’ve increased production from 120 pieces
in 2019 to 350 the following year. In 2020, we also
received the Draper’s Sustainable Fashion Award for
Best Supply Chain Initiative.
FACTS & FIGURES
Based on our fibre tool, 67%
of our styles were made in more
sustainable (Class 1-2) fibres
We’re proud to have increased our
use of recycled polyester to 56% in
2020 (compared to 22% in 2019).
As part of our circular design
goals, we’ve increased the amount
of styles using mono fibres to 43%
in 2020 (compared to 39% in 2019).
Circular fashion has always been at the centre of our
approach and is something that we constantly strive
towards. In 2020, we furthered these efforts with the
Filippa K Studio. It began as an experimental retail space
for repairing, remaking, and reselling pre-loved and past
season garments that we have been taking back from
customers either through our Collect programs or as claims.
We’ve now integrated it into our Stockholm headquarters,
with a dedicated team that’s hands on with the garments –
sorting, repairing, and remaking them so we can increase
the longevity of our clothing, teach our community how to
care for what they have, and gather valuable insight into
our product development process with the data from the
user phase of our garments. The Studio pieces are sold in
select retail locations across Europe.
FACTS & FIGURES
WOOL CUTTING SCRAPS
We have been sending the cutting scraps from the making of our wool suiting and outerwear garments to be recycled into new yarns and fabrics for some years now, and in 2020 we sent 1000kg of our wool cutting scraps to Manteco, a key partner mill of Filippa K’s in Prato, Italy. They’ll use this to produce a new fabric from our waste.
LOWERING OUR IMPACT
In 2020 we began replacing our plastic packaging with
recyclable FSC-certified paper bags. By doing so, we’ve
already reduced our plastic use from outgoing e-commerce
shipments by roughly 2400kg. We’ve also taken steps to
improve the type of plastics our vendors use when working
with our products. So far 14% of our plastic for incoming
shipments from our garment vendors is recycled or
We measure carbon emissions from the electricity used at
our Swedish stores – which comes from renewable
hydropower sources – and globally from the fuel consumed
by our inbound and outbound transports. Our total
carbon emissions from these sources has decreased from
719 tonnes of CO2e in 2019 to 526 tonnes of CO2e in 2020,
representing a decrease of 27%, which is partly related to
a decrease in incoming transport due to lower orders from
While we recognise that we still have a long way to go,
these changes help us work towards reducing our annual
FACTS & FIGURES
FROM FIBRE TO FINISH
In 2020, we continued our partnership that began in 2018 with TrusTrace: a groundbreaking digital platform based on blockchain technology that provides supply chain and transparency tools to accelerate sustainability. With TrusTrace, we can trace the supply chain of a garment back to the raw materials. The system also helps us analyze environmental and social concerns in our supply chain.
A NEW FRAMEWORK
To guide us in our mission and sustainability efforts, we
continuously work towards a set of 2030 goals that help us
improve in every area of our business. In 2020, we
created a new framework for our goals that allows us to
better measure our progress within the key areas of focus.
The chart below explains our overall goals for 2030, as
well as the benchmark we are working towards for 2021.
We publish an annual report on our progress, as well as
our assessment from the Fair Wear Foundation.
Filippa K Sustainability Report 2020
Filippa K Sustainability Report 2019
Filippa K Sustainability Report 2018
Filippa K Sustainability Report 2017
Filippa K Sustainability Report 2016
Filippa K Sustainability Report 2015
Filippa K Sustainability Report 2014
Filippa K Sustainability Report 2013
Filippa K Sustainability Report 2012
FAIR WEAR FOUNDATION:
FWF Brand Performance Check 2020
FWF Brand Performance Check 2019
FWF Brand Performance Check 2018
FWF Brand Performance Check 2017
FWF Brand Performance Check 2016
FWF Brand Performance Check 2015
FWF Brand Performance Check 2014
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