Sustainability

PROCESS

pinqponq products are designed by our team in Cologne, crafted in Vietnam and transported to Germany, delivered to selected partners, and then sold.

We follow the entire process and are in direct contact with every producer. That way we can guarantee the quality of our products and have their chemical purity confirmed by independent agencies.



WORKING ENVIRONMENT

Our factorys are based in Vietnam. We have purposely chosen Vietnam and our producers there, because their working conditions not only meet but are better than what is legally required: controlled working hours, regular planned breaks, and a canteen are all part of their workday.

During the product development and quality assurance phase, our designers, product managers, and buyers spend several weeks during the year on-site, working with our partners in the sewing rooms and gaining experience of a typical working day. We therefore gain a personal insight into working conditions at the workshops. To play it safe, we ensure that our tailors are audited by external partners regarding social standards.

FABRICS

Recycling is a key pillar of our sustainability strategy and serves to minimize our impact on the environment when manufacturing our products. We use fabrics with a recycled PET bottle content of 100%.

Polyester is the main material of our bags. It is particularly suitable for our backpacks because it is light, tough, and easy to work with. The material can be created using crude oil, however the same quality can be achieved by recycling PET plastic bottles. And we decided for the eco-friendly way for the outer fabric of our bags.

MEMBERSHIP


We are bluesign® system partners. We show thereby our support for the system and get important information of other partners. The system eliminates environmentally-damaging substances from the production process and controls its compliance to have an environmentally-friendly and secure production. Besides, we are member of Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). The aim of bluesign® is to keep toxic chemicals completely out of the supply chain. FWF works with us to verify and improve workplace conditions in our factories. In this way we aim to meet the high requirements of ecological and social responsibility.


Since March 2017, pinqponq is vegan approved by the animal welfare organization PETA. This means that all products without leather elements do not have any animal components. Besides, we are part of the UN Global Compacts. The initiative stands for a responsible corporate governance. It is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with 13,000 corporate businesses and organizations from over 170 countries, which aims for a sustainable global economy. The initiative is a principle-based framework for businesses, stating ten principles in the area of human rights, labor, the environment and anti-corruption. The UN Global Compact should not be understood as a certification, but as an open forum that catalyzes change processes and develops specific approaches to solving a problem.