11. Usage of Natural Resources

The company discloses the extent to which natural resources are used for the company’s business activities. Possible options here are materials, the input and output of water, soil, waste, energy, land and biodiversity as well as emissions for the life cycles of products and services.

See Fenix Way page 14 and following as well as CSR Report 2021, pages 13-17 for amount of natural resources used.

Our core business is equipping people with goods that allow them to spend more time in nature. We also want to become a net contributor to a quality environment. This leads to a thoughtful choice in materials and a consulting service to our customers regarding adequate and not overengineered equipment choices. The basis for our care for the environment is to apply a precautionary approach, and to think in terms of closed-loop systems and looking at the full life-cycle of a product or service. We are constantly in search of innovative solutions that reduce our impact on the environment, increase our resource efficiency, and move us closer to a zero-impact, closed-loop production process.

As a producer and retailer, we are in need of a variety of natural resources. Our most material natural resources are the natural raw materials our products consist of (including biodiversity and animal welfare aspects) as well as the energy and water needed for our products' production and waste generated along the whole value chain and within our retail business.

We are aware that the garment industry has a major impact on the planet’s water basins, water quality and availability. So far, we are not able to assess our total water footprint. The data sets for our operations and our suppliers were still fragmented in 2021. As in previous years, this is mainly because some operations have a vast green space that they take care of, or some of our megastores carry pools and diving tubes for equipment testing, while others are located in inner cities or industrial areas and hence do not need water for parks or landscaped surroundings. The water we withdraw is mainly drawn from the community supply (groundwater, with some surface water in northern Finland, South Korea, China and Czech Republic). In some locations we tap lake or river water where it is abundant and clean. The main purpose is for drinking, cooking and household use. Most of the effluents were collected in community sewers and treated at a public treatment plant. No toxic chemicals were released by our own operations into sewers or surface water bodies. 

We continue to improve the ecological profile of the materials we use. As in earlier years, we deliberately use recycled, organic, ecological, biodegradable or recyclable materials. For the whole Group, about half of our materials for textile and hardware production are more sustainably sourced. All our brands apply the Higg Index criteria wherever possible.

While exploring new grounds and walking through nature with our products, we constantly follow a simple but effective motto: ‘repair, reuse, recycle, rethink’. Here, our warehouses fulfil various functions: they are places to return broken or unwanted products and to store products that have been called back from the markets. In addition, the warehouses play an important role in collecting and separating our different waste streams and thus also our reclaimed and recycled packaging waste, as per legal requirement. While some locations handle waste based on weight, others do so by volume while smaller ones only pay a lump sum for the various bins or collectors they use. Therefore, overall datasets are not reliable as the waste management is local and often cannot be compared among the different entities.