How we measure our climate footprint

Through the European Clothing Action Plan (ECAP) & Anthesis Group, we have since 2017 measured the footprint our fabrics leave behind in terms of use of water, carbon dioxide emission and how much waste we produce.

The calculations include everything from how the cotton crops are grown, the production in our suppliers’ factories and what happens when the item is not used anymore. These figures guide us when designing new products. One of our most important findings in 2019 was that 71% of our total CO₂ footprint comes from the material production phase. Resulting in the following actions added to our agenda:
– Replace unsustainable materials with sustainable ones
– Use more recycled materials instead of virgin materials
– Use materials produced with less chemicals and less water usage whenever we can

Today, all our knitted viscose dresses are made of recycled yarn, our hoodies and denim are made in GOTS certified organic cotton and our animal friendly furs are made from 100% wool.

These figures show how our total material footprint has decreased since we started our measurements in 2017, indicating that we are on the right path going forward.
In our last collection 90% of the garments carried our label ‘GOOD CHOICE’ which means that 50% of the fabric in each product is made from a more sustainable material. In total, we have increased our use of more sustainable materials from 7% (2017) to 25% 2019 of the total production volume.

Since wool and viscose impact House of Dagmar’s climate footprint heavily, a decision to source even more recycled wool and replace all conventional viscose with certified viscose was made. By doing this we can ensure that we use wool with the lowest environmental impact, that the cellulose fibers in viscose do not come from endangered forests and that a closed chemical loop production for the recycling of chemicals is being used.

The measurements of our material footprint for 2020 is currently under way and will be published shortly.