"Our ambition is to make long-lasting and sustainable products. We are proud to be using only organic cotton in our production, and by autumn/winter 2018, all synthetic fabrics will contain recycled fibers. These are important steps in our goal of becoming a world-leading example in sustainable fashion."
- Sebastian Westin, Co-Founder and Brand Manager
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.
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.
SANDQVIST Repair Shop
Sandqvist Repair Shop is the in-house repair service of Sandqvist, available at our flagship store on Swedenborgsgatan 3 in Stockholm. The Sandqvist Repair service includes the sales of second hand products as well as redesigned old bags.
At our store on Swedenborgsgatan 3, Amir, our in-house tailor, repairs bags for customers and redesigns 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.
With the Sandqvist Repair Shop, we want to encourage longer use of our products, something that will be benefiting the environment at the same time as underlining our ambition to produce long lasting and functional bags.
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.
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.
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 three factories in India and two in Vietnam. Our organic cotton is sourced directly from small scale cotton farmers in India, through a local partner.
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.
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.