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Rowlinson Knitwear reaffirms its commitment to sustainability with The Planet Mark

Sep 8, 2020 | News

By <a href="https://www.theplanetmark.com/author/george-catchpoleplanetfirst-co-uk/" target="_self">George Catchpole</a>

By George Catchpole

Marketing Manager

Rowlinson Knitwear, the UK’s market leader in the manufacturing of personalised school knitwear and premium corporatewear, has achieved recertification to The Planet Mark.

Rowlinson’s total carbon footprint in year ending November 2019 was 27,963.0 tCO2e, a decrease of 8.4% from the year ending November 2018. The relative carbon footprint was 476.3 tCO2e per employee, a decrease of 23.5% compared to the year ending November 2018.

This is Rowlinson’s second year of business carbon footprint reporting. It first calculated the carbon footprint of its Stockport site operations for the year ending November 2018 and set a target to reduce emissions by 5% annually.

Sea freight emissions increased by 10% and account for 38% of the company’s total carbon footprint. Air freight emissions decreased by 15%, with fleet and landfill emissions decreasing by 64%.

Steve Malkin, Founder and CEO of The Planet Mark, said, “I am not surprised to see such fantastic results from Rowlinson. The company has embraced sustainable change wholeheartedly, taking a diverse look at the way it impacts the world and making a firm commitment to create positive change. From its suppliers to its team and the way the company talks about climate and ethical responsibility, Rowlinson is quickly becoming an industry exemplar. I applaud the team on its efforts so far, and hope to see more success in the future.”

Donald Moore, Chair of Rowlinson, said, “We’ve taken many steps forward to reduce our carbon footprint, though it’s just the beginning of our ongoing journey to become more sustainable. We’re single-minded in our ambition to demonstrate leadership in responsible business practices in our own industry and the wider business community across Greater Manchester. We hope many more organisations will be inspired to become certified and join us in shaping a more caring and environmentally conscious economy. “

Certification to The Planet Mark is based on the commitment to continuous improvement in sustainability within its business operations by measuring and reducing its carbon footprint and engaging its stakeholders.

Rowlinson Knitwear was established in 1935, as a family owned business, transitioning to employee ownership in 2015. The company is committed to rigorous sustainability policies with its ultimate goal of becoming a Certified B Corporation in addition to it’s The Planet Mark certification. With a supply chain stretching through the Philippines, Egypt and Bangladesh, the company intends to embed a fair-for-all business philosophy, which is evidenced by it becoming a foundation member of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI), and signing the Responsible Sourcing Network’s Cotton Pledges. 

Businesses in the clothing industry must begin to act on carbon emissions. As well as being major emitters of carbon and waste, the industry is under growing pressure from consumers to act in a sustainable manner, for reasons as varied as workforce satisfaction to plastic pollution. The market for sustainable clothing is rapidly growing and represents a significant opportunity for clothing brands to develop with a reduced environmental impact.