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What's Weecos Survey Like?

Each brand in Weecos has passed our sustainability auditing. Now we have opened the survey for all to see.
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Each brand in Weecos has passed our sustainability auditing, which was developed right at the beginning of Weecos’ history, together with experts. The sustainability of the brand and the products are evaluated by the points of view of economic, social and environmental sustainability. The brands share information considering the production and the products, for instance, as transparently as possible. After filling in the survey, we contact the brand and discuss with them if there are any further questions or something is unclear to us. All brands do not meet our criteria.

But what do we ask in the sustainability survey? This has been asked from us multiple times and therefore, we want to open the survey for you to see. The answers are confidential and Weecos does not disclose or publish survey data. The whole survey can be seen at the end of this article.

The survey is divided into six sections:
      1 the brand and its values,
      2 their products and services, materials and raw materials,
      3 production,
      4 product safety
      5 product care, recycling and disposal,
      6 how the brand is going to develop its actions.

After asking about our sustainability survey, people often want to know why we ask these questions and why do we need to know such many things about a brand’s business. The concept of sustainability is a complex one and the concepts of ecological and ethical go under it. Ecological has an emphasis on environmental issues, and ethical highlights human and animal rights. No aspects can be understood just right or wrong, we try to get the big picture and understand the whole life cycle with this survey. In general, we are happy to read detailed answers and the brands really put effort when answering this survey.

In spring 2019, a survey specialized in cosmetics was also made. In this survey, the certificates for cosmetics are taken into account likewise the origin of the raw ingredients and manufacturing places.

 

THE SURVEY LOOKS AT THE PRODUCT'S WHOLE LIFE CYCLE

The brand’s core values give us the first impression of the brand and an overall picture of what products they provide. In addition, we are eager to know how the brand understands the complex term sustainability as we all have a different emphasis on the term. Often the brands have a broad understanding of ecological and ethical matters and they are also interested in learning more. We also ask, which of the Weecos’ sustainability stamps criteria they meet. Every Weecos brand should be able to stamp their products with a minimum of two stamps.

We ask about the materials and raw materials to make sure the complete production chain is transparent, well-known and motivated. The brands share us in detail where the raw materials come from, where fabrics are woven or how they are made, and how the brand ensures the ethical origin of animal-based materials. This information makes a great deal in a transparent production chain, and we want to provide the information for the Weecos customer too.

We ask about the production processes because manufacturing is a great part of the production chain. We trust that our brands have the answer to the question Who made my clothes. Well-known certificates speak for themselves, which is why we are curious to know if a brand has been granted certificates or eco-labels. However, certifications cost and therefore, certifications are not compulsory.

Product safety is strictly legislated by law, and we want to make sure all products sold on Weecos meet the high criteria.

Weecos is all about design that lasts, and we want to make sure that the design articles on our marketplace are designed for long life and are easy to repair whenever needed. We ask about the timeless design, the products recycling possibilities and finally the disposal of it. These answers show us, that the people behind the brands have given a close thought on the product’s life cycle.

Finally, we ask about the brand's future plans and whether they would do anything differently now that they are up and running. This is just for our curiosity, we wish all the best for all our sustainable makers!

Weecos Sustainability Survey 2019

1 BRAND AND VALUES

1. Brand name
2. Company name and VAT number.
3. In short, please tell who you are and what you do?
4.What are the company's objectives?
5. Company web page:
6. Company email:
7. How long has the company been in operation?
8. How big is the personnel of the company?
9. What are the company’s values and how the values are realized in the business?
10. Describe what environmental, social and economic sustainability means in your business.

11. Which of the following Weecos stamps suit your products?
          - Certified materials 
          - Confirmed suppliers
          - Fair Trade
          - Hand-made 
          - Local production 
          - Made in EU
          - Made in Finland
          - Made to order 
          - Natural materials 
          - Non-plastic 
          - Organic 
          - Recycled raw materials 
          - Repair service
          - Social responsibility 
          - Unique piece 
          - Upcycled post-consumer waste
          - Upcycled pre-consumer waste
          - Vegan 

12. On what basis do your products fulfil the criteria of these stamps?

 

2 YOUR PRODUCT OR SERVICE, THE MATERIALS AND RAW MATERIALS

13. What are your main materials? Please list 1–10 materials from the most used to the least used materials.
14. Do you use synthetic, oil-based polymers in the product range and in that case, why have you chosen these materials?
15. Where do the raw materials, fabrics and accessories (such as buttons and zippers) originate from? Please list all countries in order of priority.
16. Why have you chosen these countries for sourcing materials?
17. If there are animal-based materials, such as alpaca, merino wool and leather, are you informed of where these raw materials come from?
18. How do you ensure that the production conditions of the animals are ethical?
19. If your product range includes leather products, is the leather vegetable or chrome tanned? 

20. How do you ensure the circular economy and what happens to the surplus materials of the production?
          - New products are made from the surplus materials.
          - No surplus is created (zero waste).
          - Surplus materials are being utilized as energy.
          - Surplus materials are being utilized as the material/raw material for other products.
          - It is not possible for me to influence the use of surplus materials. 
          - I don’t know.

 

3 PRODUCTION

21. In which countries are the products made? Please list all in order of priority. 
22. Why have you chosen these countries for production?
23. How do you follow and monitor the working conditions in production?
24. Does your product or service replace a product/service that is more harmful from sustainability perspective?
          - No
          - Yes, what kind?

25. How do you ensure that your production or products do no harm endangered or protected animal or plant species?
26. How is compliance with environmental legislation ensured in production?

27. Has your products or your business been granted certificates or eco-labels, or is the manufacturing or materials bought from a certified producer?
          - Bluesign
          - Better Cotton Initiative (BCI)
          - Business Social Compliance Initiative (BSCI)
          - EU Ecolabel
          - Fair Trade (FLO)
          - Fair Wear Foundation
          - Forest Stewardship Council
          - Global Recycling Standard
          - GOTS
          - ISO 9000
          - ISO 14000
          - Krav
          - Bra Miljöval
          - Svanen
          - Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)
          - SA8000
          - Textile Exchange
          - The Nordic Ecolabel
          - World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO)
          - Öko-Tex 100 Standard
          - We are considering a cerfiticate.
          - No
          - Something else, what?

28. Are any ecological indicators used in the production chain or some part of it?
          - Carbon footprint
          - Water footprint
          - Ecological footprint
          - Ecological Rucksack
          - MIPS (Material Input Per Service unit)
          - None
          - Something else, what?

29. If ecological indicators are used in the production chain, how are they followed and utilized in practice?

30. Are the overall effects of the production chain measured in some other ways?
          - No.
          - Yes. How?

31. How do you handle intellectual property rights in your business? For example, that you do not violate copyrights or patents? 

 

4 PRODUCT SAFETY

32. How do you ensure that your products meet the requirements of chemical legislation? 
33. Have you made a chemical test for the products and how do you make sure that there are no remains of harmful chemicals in the products?
34. How do you ensure the product safety of your products? 

 

5 REPAIRING, RECYCLE AND DISPOSAL OF THE PRODUCT

35. How are your products packed and what kind of materials are the products sent to the consumer?
36. In what ways has the easy maintenance of the product been taken into account in product design? 
37. In what ways has the durability and long-lasting of the product been taken into account? Can it be repaired, for instance?

38. How does your company encourage to long use of the product?
          - Readmission service.
          - Repair package or service.
          - Call for re-use of the product, eg through flea market sales.
          - This must be improved.
          - In some other way. How?

39. How can the product be recycled at the end of use?
          - The product is decomposable/biodegradable.
          - The product's main material is recyclable.
          - The product is recyclable.
          - The product can be delivered to recycling points.
          - It is not possible to recycle the product.

 

6 FINALLY

40. If you could, what would you do differently with the company (eg production, sales channels)? 
41. What are you going to develop in the brand in the near future? For example, production, service etc.
42. Are you ready to demonstrate your production thoroughly on Weecos platform? 
43. Do you have anything else, you’d like to share with us? Any comments or questions about the survey? Let us know! 

 

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