Sustainability and environmental responsibility
Equestrians should be able to provide their horses with sustainable and excellent products with no or minimal environmental impact. And that is exactly what we deliver.
Our innovation process has both functionality and sustainability as two equally important design principles and one has no value without the other. We strive to walk hand in hand with Mother Earth when developing and creating our products.
To be able to meet these high ambitions we engineer, develop, design and produce our products in Europe. In Europe we meet and exceed the world’s most demanding environmental law and policy regulations. As set by the European Union.
Why we use OEKO-TEX® textiles
The products must be as good for the horses as they are for the environment. That is why we use OEKO-TEX® textiles. OEKO-TEX® was introduced at the beginning of the 1990s to ensure that products pose no risk to health.
► Do not contain allergenic dye-stuffs and dye stuffs that form carcinogenic aryl-amines.
► Have been tested for pesticides, chlorinated phenols and for the release of heavy metals. Under artificial perspiration conditions.
► Formaldehyde has been banned; other aldehyde limits are significantly lower than the required legal limits.
► Have a skin friendly pH. Free from chloro-organic carriers and biologically active finishes.
The certification process includes thorough testing for a long list of chemicals. Specifically banned are: AZO dyes, carcinogenic and allergy-inducing dyes, pesticides. As well as chlorinated phenols, chloro-organic benzenes and toluenes. Also extractable heavy metals, phthalates, organotin compounds (TBT and DBT) and emissions of volatile components.
For more information on the standard please visit website: Oeko-tex.com
Why we use bluesign® textiles
The bluesign® system was established in 2000 to consider the production process as a whole. The goal is for unsustainable substances not to enter the production cycle at all which provides confidence to acquire a sustainable product.
The bluesign® system is based on 5 principles:
► Resource productivity – sustainable use of energy and raw materials
► Consumer safety – responsibility to people and environment
► Water emission – improved protection of the natural circulation
► Air emission – less air pollution for a better climate
► Occupational health & safety – improve working conditions
We want to make sure the textiles are as good for the horses as they are for the environment.
More information on the system – please visit website: Bluesign.com
We use responsible wool
The wool in Real Wool Blankets comes from New Zealand and is the whitest and purest wool in the world. The environmental standards, best farming practice, animal welfare, stringent quality makes it a natural choice for us to work with.
New Zealand agriculture operates under a range of regulations and voluntary codes yhat ensures a very high standard of environmental protection, sustainability, animal welfare and social responsibility. The practice of mulesing has naturally been banned for a long time in New Zealand.
It is important for us to know that the animals are treated well and that the wool comes from a few carefully selected farms. And New Zealand actually leads the world in shearing technique and ability, ensuring minimal stress on the animal (and shearer) throughout the process. Because let’s be real, well-treated sheep grow better wool. The farmers make sure their flocks are well looked after in the mild open pasture.
Equimade’s wool blankets are manufactured in Europe in a highly respected factory. The production process is as clean and sustainable as possible. The blanket is pure and not blended which makes it recyclable.
Connecting the sustainable dots
We have deliberately chosen to have a small number of suppliers and producers, ensuring that we all work according to our environmental and sustainable ambitions. This includes minimizing our carbon footprint.
All our products are produced in Europe, so is most of our components as well. The few exceptions have the same or more rigorous requirements to meet, e.g. the wool from New Zealand. This means that we have good control over our partners’ work and we set high standards in terms of quality, sustainability and labour rights. For us it is important to have long term and good relationships, have a mutual understanding and share interest in working with high quality, functional, sustainable and environmental issues.
We believe in transparency with our partners so we can make better choices in our sustainable process.
You should be able to know what you are using for your horse.