Care for people. Planet. Period.
Our sustainable work
Made with care
One of our core values is the concept of authenticity, caring for children and our shared environment. This attitude permeates everything we do - from design and material selection to manufacturing and transportation.
Our production is mainly done in Latvia and Turkey. For us, low purchase prices are not the most important thing, we take into account the distance between Imse’s central warehouse and the geographical location of the manufacturer, as not having long transport distances can save the earth's already strained resources and contribute to an improved global climate.
Our flannel textile products are made in Turkey. It might seem a bit odd at first that we don't manufacture in Sweden, when considering transport issues. The fact is that the organic cotton we use is grown in Turkey, which is why we have chosen to manufacture it locally. Unfortunately, since the cotton cannot be grown in Sweden, we can't avoid the transportation.
Most of our products are made in Latvia - in a factory we've been collaborating with for over 20 years. We strive to build close and long-term relationships with our manufacturers and set high standards for their competency and professionalism, as well as their social and environmental responsibility. This means ensuring that the criteria in our Code of Conduct are met so that we can take our shared responsibility for good working conditions and a safe working environment in our factories. That's why we visit our manufacturers annually via personal visits, but also conduct third-party audits under the Sedex Member Ethical Trade Audit (SMETA), which is an international standard for working conditions, health and safety, business ethics and environmental responsibility.
Transport between our manufacturers and our central warehouse is by land by lorry and by sea by boat. When it comes to transport between our central warehouse and our customers, we ship either with PostNord, DHL or UPS. All shipments are transported by road in Europe. Something worth mentioning, linked to transport and deliveries, is that DHL has an emissions calculator. All our customers whose orders are shipped by DHL receive their individual transport and logistics environmental footprint report. The calculator computes transport-related emissions for almost all delivery sizes and transport modes - helping our customers to understand and reduce their environmental impact.
At the local office in Visby, we run on 100% renewable energy from solar, wind and water. When travelling for work, we try as far as possible to choose a more environmentally friendly means of transport, such as train instead of plane. We are opting to hold meetings via telephone/video conferencing instead of travelling to physical meetings, which helps to reduce our overall carbon footprint. We have digitised our invoices and replaced printed material sent by post with digital mailings, such as catalogues, press releases and newsletters.
Health and environment
A large aspect of our work is to increase the demand for reusable products and the consumption of organic textile products. Today, most of our products have a label. By labelling our products, we want to make it easy for you to make a difference. When you select our products, you contribute to reducing the amount of waste from single-use items, it doesn't have to be any more complicated than that. The labels we work with have different aims, but all of them contribute to a better future for present and future generations.