Rowlinson Knitwear commits to substantial carbon reduction with The Planet Mark Certification

Oct 2, 2019 | News

By <a href="" target="_self">George Catchpole</a>

By George Catchpole

Marketing Manager

Rowlinson Knitwear, the UK’s market leader in the manufacturing of personalised, high quality school knitwear, has achieved certification to The Planet Mark sustainability programme.

Confirmed on 20 September 2019, the employee-owned business combined The Planet Mark’s sustainability certification with the signing of a Climate Emergency Declaration during its own hosted Climate Crisis Day, which was timed to coincide with Global Climate Strike Day. Building on its longstanding ethical commitment, the business also aims to become a Certified B Corporation by the end of 2020.

The company first calculated the carbon footprint of its UK head office in Stockport, Cheshire for the year ending November 2018 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually. The first year’s certification to the programme is based on the commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability by measuring and reducing carbon and engaging stakeholders. This year’s footprint includes emissions from purchased electricity, fuel used by the fleet, waste, business travel, printing paper and freight.

Donald Moore, Rowlinson’s Managing Director commented: “Scientists around the world agree that we face an unprecedented Climate Emergency which requires radical action. As a responsible employee-owned business, it’s our duty to act immediately. Rowlinson’s Climate Crisis Day equipped colleagues with the stark facts about our negative impact on the planet. Collectively signing our Climate Emergency Declaration demonstrates we accept those realities and are committed to do something about them.”

“Becoming carbon neutral and achieving recognised certifications is just a part of our ongoing journey. Our Climate Crisis Day was a clear call to arms, inspiring our people to learn, share and take action to safeguard the planet for future generations. We’re unrelenting in our ambition to demonstrate leadership in ethical conduct in our industry and the wider business community. It’s the right thing to do, so we can play our part in shaping a more caring and environmentally conscious economy. “

Steve Malkin, CEO & Founder of The Planet Mark said: “We are delighted Rowlinson Knitwear has achieved its first year’s certification to The Planet Mark and in doing so, committed to many new practices that will reduce its carbon emissions. They’ve made outstanding progress and are clearly excited about the future and what they can do next. Rowlinson Knitwear epitomises how you can make positive contributions to society and the environment and enjoy the process. We’re delighted to have them onboard.”

Rowlinson Knitwear’s carbon footprint in year ending November 2018 was 66,799.2 tCO2e and the relative carbon footprint was 1,363.2 tCO2e per employee. Freight accounts for nearly the entirely business carbon footprint (99% of the total carbon emissions).