Sustainability

• 100% organic cotton sourced directly from the farmers

• Recycled fibers from post-consumer waste in all new synthetic materials

• Sandqvist Repair Shops and redesigned Recollection extends the life of our products

At Sandqvist we produce stylish and long lasting everyday bags. We want to do this in a way that is fair to everyone involved, and with care for the environment. This means taking responsibility for the impact of our products throughout their life cycle, on both people and planet.

Below you will be able to learn more about the materials that we use and how to best take care of your Sandqvist products. We will give you the story behind the goods, from the cotton field to your hands, but also encourage you to give your bag a second or third life. Together we can work to close the loop and make more sustainable everyday bags and items.

"Our ambition is to make long-lasting and sustainable products. We are proud to be using only organic cotton in our production, and synthetic fabrics containing recycled fibers. These changes have been important steps towards our goal of becoming a world-leading example in sustainable fashion."


- Sebastian Westin, Co-Founder and Brand Manager


Organic cotton



By choosing Sandqvist’s organic cotton, you choose to support farmers and protect the environment. Organic cotton is farmed without chemical pesticide, artificial fertilizers and genetically modified crops. Conventional cotton production on the other hand, is chemically intense and can affect both humans and the environment negatively in the areas where it’s grown. Therefore, switching to organic cotton has a real positive effect on both the environment and people working on the cotton fields.

The cotton used in our canvas comes from Adilabad in the state of Telangana, India, where it for the most part is produced on small scale by self-sufficient farmers. By buying directly from marginalized cultivators, Sandqvist can offer the farmers better pay and good working conditions. The organic farming ensures that no harmful pesticides are used, which also benefits the local communities. For more details on the source of Sandqvist’s cotton, please visit www.chetnaorganic.org.in.
Life cycle analysis that compare organic and conventional cotton have shown that organic cotton can have up to 46% less climate impact. Cotton is often produced on a small scale and many cotton farmers live in poverty, with roughly 50 million earning less than 1,5 dollars a day. Thus, an important part of our quest for organic cotton has also been to make sure that the ones growing the cotton benefit from the business and work under good conditions. Through our supplier in India, we can buy our cotton directly from small-scale producers and thereby make sure that the money we pay end up in the hands of those who really need it.

SANDQVIST Repair Shop



Sandqvist Repair Shop is the in-house repair service of Sandqvist, available at our flagship stores in Stockholm, Berlin and London. The Sandqvist Repair service includes the sales of second-hand products as well as redesigned old bags.

At our Sandqvist Repair Shops, our in-house tailors, repair bags for customers and redesign used bags for second hand sales. Bags beyond repair will be taken apart and used for spare parts, or in the making of redesigned bags.
Commonly used spare parts and repairs of worn out Sandqvist products are available at a reasonable cost through all Sandqvist stores. As a customer, you can choose to have your old and used Sandqvist bag repaired for a new life, or hand it in for second hand sales in exchange for a voucher granting you 20% off your next purchase.

With the Sandqvist Repair Shop, we want to encourage longer use of our products, something that will benefit the environment, and at the same time as underline our ambition to produce long lasting and functional bags.

Online Repair Shop


WORKING CONDITIONS



Our products should be made under good working conditions and in a safe environment at all our suppliers. To ensure this, Sandqvist is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) and committed to implementing the FWF Code of Labour Practices at our suppliers. The FWF code stipulates minimum requirements for working conditions based on International Labour Organization (ILO) and UN principles. This includes the right of all workers to join trade unions, the right to a living wage, reasonable hours of work, safe working conditions and a legally binding employment relationship. Child labour and all forms of discrimination is strictly banned.
Our staff regularly visit all our suppliers, to make sure that working conditions comply with the code. These efforts to secure decent working conditions at all factories manufacturing our products will be verified by FWF and publicly reported on their homepage. FWF is an independent non-profit organisation that is jointly governed by representatives of business, labour and non-profit sectors. The multi-stakeholder structure of FWF guarantees independent monitoring and transparency regarding the manufacturing of our products.

Together with our suppliers we work towards continuously improving working conditions.

You can read FWF’s annual evaluation of Sandqvist on their homepage. To find out more about our factories, please see the section Transparency.

Download our Code of Labour Practices



TRANSPARENCY



It is our ambition to be open about what we do and how we do it. You should be able to know how our products are manufactured, and the best way for us to make sure of this, is being fully transparent.

You can download our Sustainability Report here and read all the details about what we do. Or, if you just want to get to know the factories involved in making your Sandqvist product, you can read about them below.

We work with two factories in India and three in Vietnam. Our organic cotton is sourced directly from small scale cotton farmers in India, through a local partner.
Our oldest partner factory is located in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, and we began working with them already in 2009. This factory was opened with funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, and much of their equipment comes from a defunct sewing factory in Sweden. They specialize in high-end leathers and we produce our leather bags and most of our small leather goods there. The factory also produces some of our Cordura® and canvas products. It is a family business, run by Anjum, her husband Noor and Noor's brother Zafar. It employs about 130 people and over 90% of their production output is for Sandqvist. Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) audited the working conditions in the factory in 2016, and in 2017 they did a staff training to strengthen employees’ rights in the workplace.
In 2018 we started working with a new factory in Calcutta, West Bengal, India. At this factory, we make both full leather bags as well as canvas bags with leather details. The factory is a family business that employs around 200 workers. The facilities are SA8000 certified, which is an international standard certifying that the factory has good working conditions. Sandqvist is planning to follow up the situation in the factory during 2019, with a FWF audit as well as training of employees regarding working conditions.
In 2016 we started working with a factory in the Dong Nai province in southern Vietnam, near Ho Chi Minh. The factory employs 900 workers and has a capacity to produce 400,000 pieces per month. The factory produces bags for major European and US brands and has undergone numerous audits of working conditions. We have reviewed these audits and is working together with our supplier to achieve improvements where needed.

In 2017 we started working with a factory in the Binh Duong province in southern Vietnam, also not far from Ho Chi Minh. This is our biggest supplier with about 3000 employees. This factory produces a large portion of our canvas bags. Together with two other FWF member companies producing in this factory, Sandqvist has audited the working conditions and ensured that improvements have been made. In August 2017, FWF carried out staff training in the factory regarding their rights.

DOWNLOAD OUR SUSTAINABILITY REPORT 2016



CHEMICALS



Chemicals are used in all manufacturing of textile products. To minimize the impact that these chemicals can have on the environment, we have strict requirements on what chemicals can be used in the production. Our requirements are in line with best practices within the textile industry and legislation in our sales countries, in and outside the EU.

Our fabrics and weaves in organic cotton are only treated with substances approved for organic materials. A large share of the synthetic material we use is certified regarding chemical content. In addition to this, we also perform random chemical testing of our products.