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Environmental and Climate Responsibility

Brynje of Norway is a small family-owned clothing company located in Larvik, Norway. We have pioneered thermal mesh technology for over 75 years and our innovative baselayers have kept generations of adventurers dry and warm. When Tenzing Nogay and Sir Edmund Hillary first reached the summit of Mt. Everest in 1953, they wore Brynje's Original String Vest.

We care about protecting the climate and natural environment for future generations and continue to commit to reducing our environmental impact.

Social responsibility and environmental protection are core values shared by our employees, and key drivers in day to day decisions relating to partners, suppliers and customers. We take pride in our diligence to remain one of the leading environmentally-friendly outdoor clothing companies in Norway. 

 

Quality garments designed to last

Since its inception in 1887, Brynje has consistently placed quality, functionality, and durability at the centre of the manufacturing process. Our ultra-durable garments are designed to last for many years. We see our products as a counterweight to ‘fast fashion’ and purposefully apply timeless colours and designs throughout our collections.

Norwegian environmental organisation The Future In Our Hands states the following about emissions and resource use in the manufacturing process of clothes: "All clothes have a high environmental and carbon footprint. The most important thing you can do to protect the environment is to take good care of the clothes you already own and to reduce the consumption of new clothes," 

We say: the longer you wear our products, the better it is, for the environment and your wallet!

  • We offer a 5-year warranty and are delighted to hear of customers who have worn their Brynje garment for 10-15 years

  • We are happy to help with repairs but encourage you to purchase replacement parts and make small repairs yourself. This is often both faster and more cost-effective than sending your garments to us. Reducing transport emissions is also good for the environment. 

  • For maximum longevity of your Brynje products, learn to care for them properly. To avoid overwashing, we recommend airing wool and synthetic mesh garments several times before putting them in the washing machine.

 

Eco-Lighthouse certified 

Brynje is certified by Norway’s leading sustainability and social responsibility certifying body Eco-Lighthouse. We consistently seek to improve our performance in areas relating to our work environment, waste management, energy use, raw material procurement, and transportation, and to contribute towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

We also strive to improve our environmental performance in our daily operations. At our head office in Larvik, we have recently replaced oil boilers with heat pumps. Our old lighting has been replaced with LED lights, every room has a recycling system and we are now set up to facilitate electric car charging.

Brynje was one of the very first clothing manufacturers in Norway to join the Green Dot scheme in the early ’90s. Green Dot Norway is a privately owned non-profit company responsible for financing the recovery and recycling of used packaging on behalf of the industrial sector.

 

Free from harmful substances 

Our wool, yarn, and shell materials are free from substances that can be harmful to your health.

 

Material composition for maximum longevity

Our aim is for the manufacturing process of every Brynje garment to be as environmentally sustainable as possible. Over time, we have adapted and evolved the material composition of our products to meet this aim. Currently, we produce clothing in combinations of merino wool, polyamide and polypropylene. For example, all our wool garments contain a certain amount of polyamide. Our different material compositions are designed to improve the technical properties, strength and durability of each garment and to increase their lifespan.

Polypropylene is a synthetic fibre with unique properties when utilised in sportswear. There are environmental benefits to using it, especially in the areas of carbon emissions, agricultural land use and chemical consumption. Polypropylene can also be recycled multiple times. Most importantly, Polypropylene fibres increase the durability of garments, which means longer product life and a reduced need for customers to buy new clothing every season. 

Norwegian environmental organisation The Future In Our Hands state that "natural fibre mixed with a small proportion of synthetic materials can be environmentally friendly overall, due to the longevity of the clothes". Many of our customers who have purchased our Polypropylene-based Super Thermo garments tell us that they have worn them for 10-15 years. 

The textile industry is engaged in an ongoing debate about fibre compositions and other considerations related to environmental sustainability. Here at Brynje, we have taken a clear position: Instead of pursuing a growth strategy, we want to promote conscious consumerism with customers who value high-quality products that have a longer lifespan. As our customer, the most important thing you can do for the climate and natural environment is to care well for your clothes and wear them for as long as possible.


Dyrevelferd

Brynje benytter bare ull av høy kvalitet og mener at menneskelige behov ikke skal gå ut over dyrenes velferd. Vi garanterer at vi aldri bruker ull fra sauer som er utsatt for mulesing eller noen annen form for mishandling. Det er en absolutt selvfølge at dyrene vi henter ressurser fra behandles med respekt.


Produksjon i Europa – hovedkontor i Larvik

Brynje har hovedkontor i Larvik og det er her vi utvikler produkter, utfører reparasjoner og tilpasser plagg til kunder som trenger det. I systua bedriver vi også litt småskalaproduksjon og lager noen hundre plagg i året. Resten av produksjonen skjer i Polen, og vi har samarbeidet nært med de samme fabrikkene i over 20 år. Skallbekledningen vår produseres hos Tekosom i Gdansk og ullproduktene hos Elastic i Lodz. Det er ca.112 mil fra Oslo til Gdansk, noe som tilsvarer strekningen Oslo - Bodø. For å spare miljøet benytter vi digitale møteplasser i størst mulig grad for å kommunisere med våre samarbeidspartnere. Tett og hyppig dialog er viktig for å sikre at produksjonen foregår på en god og forsvarlig måte, og at ansatte har det bra. Samtlige fabrikker er ISO 9001-sertifisert.

Framtiden i våre hender har laget en liste over merkevarer som er åpne om hvor de produserer sine varer. Under "friluftsliv og sport" finner du Brynje of Norway.

Brynje ivaretar menneskerettighetene og bedriver ikke sosial dumping når det gjelder arbeidskraft. Vi er imot alle former for diskriminering og trakassering og ivaretar våre ansatte så godt som overhodet mulig. Høy kvalitet og omtanke for mennesker, natur og miljø er årsaken til at våre produkter ikke er blant de rimeligste på markedet.
 

Vi ønsker natur- og miljøbevisste kunder

Vårt mål er ikke å bli størst mulig. I stedet ønsker vi å bidra til å bevare natur og miljø sammen med bevisste kunder. Vår drømmekunde verdsetter kvalitet som varer og bruker klærne sine lengst mulig.

I Norge kjøper folk ca. 70 000 tonn nye klær hvert år og kaster tonnevis med klær som aldri har vært i bruk. Hvert nye plagg tilsvarer klimagassutslipp på mellom 1 og 17 kg med karbondioksid (framtiden.no). Vi hjelper deg gjerne å reparere, men klarer du å fikse småtteri selv sparer du både miljø og lommebok. Ta godt vare på klærne; vask dem riktig og kun når det virkelig trengs. Forleng gjerne livet til den gamle, tynnslitte ulltrøya ved å bruke netting under.

Vi setter stor pris på tilbakemeldinger som gjør oss enda bedre. Takk for at du velger Brynje! Vi tar det som en tillitserklæring og lover å gjøre vårt beste for å ivareta natur og miljø i samarbeid med deg.
 


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