OLYMP signals its commitment to sustainability.
OLYMP products are an expression of the highest quality as well as responsible conduct.
With the OLYMP label GREEN CHOICE, we make this attitude visible and create sustainable values for people and the environment.
BORIS HERRMANN × OLYMP
When it comes to sustainability, we’ve already steered a very consistent course in recent years and have already made a great deal of progress. By 2025 at the latest, all our OLYMP products will bear the GREEN CHOICE label, meaning they will be made from more sustainable raw materials and manufactured in a more environmentally friendly way.
In order to gain further momentum in the race against climate change, we will be acting even more decisively in the future and will continue to push the boundaries in terms of a responsible product range.
For some time now, we have had the backing of professional sailor Boris Herrmann, who stands for environmental and climate protection like no other. This makes him an internationally respected and, moreover, extremely likeable sustainability ambassador. With "A Race We Must Win", Boris Herrmann has already written a clear sustainability message on his banner.
OLYMP: 100 percent GREEN CHOICE products by 2025
At OLYMP we firmly believe in playing an active role in shaping changes. For this reason, we have set ourselves the objective of ensuring that all OLYMP products such as shirts, knitwear and sweat-wear, as well as accessories, will meet the GREEN CHOICE criteria by the year 2025. For the Autumn 2021 season, 43% of the OLYMP and OLYMP SIGNATURE collections, including accessories, already meet the GREEN CHOICE requirements. In our 2024 spring Collection, the figure is 84%.
Sustainability at a glance.
How you can recognise GREEN CHOICE products.
The official OLYMP label GREEN CHOICE is a guide for those who want to dress both fashionably and responsibly – towards their own personal, sustainable clothing style.
This is what GREEN CHOICE stands for
All products that meet our sustainability requirements to a particular extent are given the GREEN CHOICE label. The demanding strategy behind it is based on two pillars: the use of sustainable materials and environmentally friendly processes. We use clear and transparent criteria to evaluate sustainability performance in the two categories. GREEN CHOICE products from OLYMP are thus demonstrably sustainable.
GREEN CHOICE products are based on the use of sustainable materials. We draw on our entire range of materials – from plant fibres such as cotton and linen to synthetic and cellulose-based materials. As soon as the proportion of sustainable materials in a product reaches at least 50 percent, it receives the GREEN CHOICE label. Here we attach particular importance to the fact that the materials’ origin can be reliably traced back by means of certificates. At GREEN CHOICE, we rely primarily on the following standards:
Organic fibres according to the Global Organic Textile Standard
The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the world’s leading textile processing standard for organic fibres. The GOTS lays down strict requirements for environmentally friendly and socially responsible production at every stage of the textile supply chain – starting with a ban on genetically modified raw materials, to restrictions on the use of chemicals and dyes, and requirements for ingredients and production processes, to strict residue and quality parameters. The entire textile supply chain is subject to an independent and transparent certification process.
Organic cotton verified by the Organic Content Standard
The Organic Content Standard (OCS) provides clear evidence of the percentage of organic fibres in a finished product. Depending on its level, the standard awards the label OCS Blended or OCS 100. Organic cotton is grown following strict organic criteria. For example, the use of genetically modified seeds is prohibited, as is the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilisers.
Organic cotton is found in various OLYMP Casual shirts and in varying proportions in individual knit and sweatwear garments, reliably verified via the Organic Content Standard (OCS).
The Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) ensures that the wool used comes from farms that consider animal welfare and sustainable pasture management. For the labeled items, all wool fiber is sourced from sheep raised in a species-appropriate manner. Moreover, the use of mulesing can be excluded. Through the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), the use of Responsible Wool can be clearly demonstrated. Regular audits are carried out by independent certification bodies.
Environmentally friendly cellulose fibres from Lenzing
TENCEL™ is a trademark of Lenzing AG. The innovative TENCEL™ Lyocell and Modal fibres are based on wood from verifiable sustainable forestry. The environmentally friendly production saves resources as well as greenhouse gases to a considerable extent, in contrast to conventional manufacturing processes.
Lenzing's sustainable TENCEL™ fibres can be found in parts of our premium line OLYMP SIGNATURE, under OLYMP Luxor, OLYMP Level Five, and especially in our 24/Seven shirts under OLYMP Level Five Business and OLYMP No. Six as well as sweat articles under OLYMP Casual.
Environmentally friendly cellulose fibres from Lenzing
LENZING™ ECOVERO™ viscose fibres are made of wood from verifiably sustainable forestry and are produced in an environmentally friendly manufacturing process. The production of LENZING™ ECOVERO™ viscose fibres generates up to 50% lower emissions and water impact compared to conventional viscose. LENZING™ and ECOVERO™ are trademarks of Lenzing AG.
Linen from western european cultivation
Flax, from which linen is obtained, is a particularly hardy plant. It grows in temperate zones, doesn’t need artificial irrigation and needs hardly any fertilisers. In contrast to conventional cotton cultivation, far fewer pesticides are used as well. By using linen from Germany, Belgium, France and the Netherlands, we promote the regional cultivation of this natural fibre. Linen from Western European cultivation is found in selected polos and T-shirts from the OLYMP Casual segment.
Environmentally friendly production
In addition to sustainable materials, GREEN CHOICE stands for environmentally friendly manufacturing processes. If a product comes from particularly innovative and environmentally friendly production, it also qualifies to be awarded the GREEN CHOICE logo. In a first step, we rely on a comprehensive certification of the production facilities used. In the future, however, we would also like to include particularly exemplary manufacturing processes that are characterised by demonstrable savings in one or more of the environmental aspects water, energy, emissions, chemicals and waste. With GREEN CHOICE, we rely above all on the following standards to prove sustainable manufacturing processes:
OEKO-TEX® MADE IN GREEN
The OEKO-TEX® MADE IN GREEN product label identifies products that have been manufactured under sustainable and socially responsible conditions:
• From yarn to finished product, they are made in factories that are more environmentally friendly and in workplaces that are safe and socially responsible, certified by OEKO-TEX® STeP
• Provides certainty that a textile is made from materials tested for harmful substances, guaranteed by OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100
Sustainable Textile and Leather Production (OEKO-TEX® STeP) is an independent certification system for production companies at all stages of the textile chain.
OEKO-TEX® STeP aims to permanently implement environmentally friendly production processes, improve occupational safety and promote socially acceptable working conditions in production facilities.
Business shirts from the OLYMP Luxor, OLYMP Tendenz, OLYMP Level Five and OLYMP No. Six lines that carry the GREEN CHOICE label have sustainable characteristics in both GREEN CHOICE pillars: they are characterised by environmentally friendly production and have the traceable product label OEKO-TEX® MADE IN GREEN. By purchasing these products, OLYMP also supports the mission of the Better Cotton Initiative and promotes more sustainable cotton farming worldwide.
Beyond GREEN CHOICE
Cotton from the Better Cotton Initiative
The Better Cotton Initiative promotes the cultivation of sustainably produced cotton worldwide. The focus is on training initiatives that provide cotton producers with comprehensive knowledge in the sustainable management of their farmland and improve working conditions in the regions of origin worldwide.
Cotton sourcing through the Better Cotton Initiative is based on the principle of mass balance. To the same extent that OLYMP purchases Better Cotton, the cultivation of environmentally and socially responsible cotton is promoted worldwide.
This means that Better Cotton is not necessarily physically present in the product.
Protect the environment – avoid waste
At OLYMP, we have set ourselves the ambitious goal of minimising packaging waste and in particular of drastically reducing the plastic parts in our shirt packaging, of improving the recyclability of the packaging and therefore clearly reducing our CO2 footprint. All our packaging is optimised according to the principles "Reduce", "Recyclable" and "Recycled".
Social standards in the supply chain
The promotion of socially acceptable working conditions in the manufacture of our products is a particularly high priority. This is not a product or range-specific claim, but a principled stance that is permanently, emphatically and independently advocated by GREEN CHOICE towards all its production partners. Work must be decent, safe and fair. As part of our Fair Wear membership, we work on this every day.