Responsibility at Affenzahn

We try to develop and manufacture every product in such a way that its impact on people and the environment is as low as possible. For example, we ensure that no toxic chemicals are used in our materials and that they are manufactured in a way that conserves resources as much as possible. Our social responsibility is also important to us, for example we make sure that workers in our factories are treated well and paid fairly.

Our labels and seals

We don't just talk about social and environmental responsibility; we even have it in black and white. Click through our labels and seals.

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Fair Wear Foundation

In addition to environmental responsibility, social responsibility is also a top priority at Affenzahn, which is why Affenzahn is also a member of the Fair Wear Foundation. The Dutch non-profit organisation aims to improve working conditions in the textile industry. For several years now, Affenzahn has been honoured with the highest award, the so-called "Fair Wear Leader" status.

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bluesign® system partner

Affenzahn is a proud system partner of bluesign® and thus a pioneer in resource-conserving and sustainable production. That’s why we use bluesign®-certified fabrics so that we don't put an unnecessary strain on the environment. The bluesign® label stands for the use of materials without harmful chemicals.

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PFC-free

During impregnation, Affenzahn only uses PFC-free impregnation so that we keep the environmental impact as low as possible. Perfluorinated and polyfluorinated materials are often used in the textile industry, but they are not degradable and therefore not good for the environment.

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Recycled fabrics

Most Affenzahn bags are partly made from recycled PET bottles, while others are made of ECONYL® (recycled nylon from fishing nets and carpet remnants). The use of recycled materials ensures waste reduction and achieves significant savings of water, oil & CO2.

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Global Recycled Standard

The Recycled Claim Standard (RCS) and Global Recycled Standard (GRS) are international, voluntary standards that set requirements for third-party certification of recycled raw materials and the supply chain. The common goal of the standards is to increase the use of recycled materials. The GRS includes additional criteria for social and environmental processing requirements as well as chemical restrictions.

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ECONYL®

The upper material of marked shoes is mainly made from ECONYL® yarn, a 100% regenerated nylon from pre- and post-consumer waste, such as fishing nets and other nylon waste.

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Leather Working Group

We are a member of the Leather Working Group. This means that we make sure to use leather from responsible production for our shoes. The Leather Working Group audits leather manufacturers according to strict standards. Topics such as water consumption, energy consumption, chemical management and wastewater management are reviewed.

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Bio-Baumwolle

The upper and lining material of marked shoes is made of 100% organic cotton. Organic cotton uses up to 91% less water than conventional cotton and therefore is better for the environment.

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BLOOM™ foam

Our insole in marked shoes is made of 30% algae foam from BLOOM™. They developed the world's first algae-infused EVA foam for the footwear industry.

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Grüner Knopf

Our backpacks are certified with the "Green Button" label. This government label for sustainable textiles is based on strict social and environmental criteria.

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Global Organic Textile Standard

Our socks are GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) and "Green Button" certified and mainly made of organic cotton. The cultivation of organic cotton produces up to 94% less greenhouse gas emissions.

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Vegan

Marked shoes are made from 100% vegan materials. This is not only good for our environment, it also feels great!

Fair Wear Foundation

In production, we place particular emphasis on fair working conditions. That’s why we partner with the Fair Wear Foundation. Since 2018, we have been one of the few companies to be awarded Leader status due to continuous improvements. Topics that we regularly review and improve are focused on living wages, appropriate working hours and a safe working environment.

The 8 FWF occupational health and safety rules
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Reasonable hours of work

Care is taken to ensure that all workers have at least one day off per week and there is a maximum number of work hours.

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Safe and healthy working conditions

Occupational health and safety as well as hygiene measures at the workplace are checked and must be complied with.

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No Child labour

Young people may only work after the end of compulsory schooling; at the earliest at the age of 15.

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Payment of living wage

In 2021, we also voluntarily paid our workers a coronavirus bonus to secure their existence.

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Freedom of association

This includes, for example, allowing workers to join forces and form trade unions for the right to collective bargaining.

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No discrimination

No one should be discriminated against in the workplace because of their religion, origin or skin colour.

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Legally binding employment relationship

Everyone receives a statutory employment contract so that the employment relationship is regulated.

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Employment is freely chosen

No one should be forced to do a specific job.

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Green Button

This government seal is only awarded to textiles that are produced in a socially and ecologically sustainable manner. 46 binding criteria, from limits for wastewater to a ban on forced labour, must be met in order to receive the Green Button. At Affenzahn, many products are already certified with the Green Button, including all Small Friends and Large Friends. Last year, our factories turned almost 500 kilometres of certified fabric into backpacks!

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From bottle to bag

We use fabrics that are 50% made from recycled PET bottles to manufacture our Affenzahn backpacks. Compared to conventional production methods, wastewater volume is reduced by 20%, energy consumption is reduced by 50%, and pollutant emissions are reduced by as much as 60%.

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PET bottles are collected & sorted

The empty PET plastic bottles are collected and taken to a recycling plant. Once there, the clear bottles are selected to undergo recycling.

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The bottles are crushed & washed

The bottles are crushed into PET flakes. These are then washed in a water bath.

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Pellets are made

The PET flakes are melted down and mixed thoroughly. The hot mass is then formed into thick fibres.

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The thread is spun

The finished thread is wound onto spools and transported to the weaving mill.

Fun facts

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