At Star Sock we want to reduce the environmental impact of our operations across the supply chain.
We aim to use less energy, less water, less chemicals and less packaging in our production process. Furthermore we strive for efficient logistics and work in an energy efficient office in The Netherlands. We currently focus on three main improvement areas: sustainable head office, environmental packaging and reduction of chemical substances.
The Star Sock head office is both innovative and sustainable, and was designed to reflect the ‘green lifestyle’ of Star Sock owners Eric and Angelie Roosen. The roof of the building is ‘alive’ and can best be described as a beech tree covered slope. The building supports an ingenious system, obtaining warmth from the ground and sun and reusing it within the building. The glass walls of the offices are built around an open inner courtyard, which brings the outside in and vice-versa. We have recently installed 8000 kWh of solar panels.We can now charge our fully electric Tesla car with this energy. If you visit our office with your own electric car, we will make sure you leave fully charged!
We are committed to offering packaging with the least environmental impact for the lowest price. Packaging is important, but has a short life cycle as it is immediately discarded. We therefore try to make smarter choices in cooperation with our clients. For example, many of our product labels are made from recycled cardboard, which maintains the same look and feel as the original. Increasingly, we use Eurolock (cut-out in packing material) instead of hangers(extension of packing material) as much as we can, and are in the process of using innovative materials such as bagasse paper (made from bagasse, a waste product from sugarcane extraction), and starch-based bio-degradable plastics.
We focus on full integration of REACH in our products and production processes. REACH is the European Community Regulation on chemicals and their safe use.
We use the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 as a tool to test the integration of REACH in our supply chain. The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is an independent testing and certification system for textiles. On our socks we use the ‘Confidence in textiles’ labels, since our socks have been successfully tested for harmful substances according to OEKO-TEX® Standard 100. It focuses on products, ranging from raw materials to ready-made garments, at all stages of the production process. Textile products can only be certified with the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 when all components of the product comply with the OEKO-TEX criteria. This means that not only the threads in our socks are certified, but also the end-product: the entire sock itself.