OUR 28TH SUSTAINABILITY REPORT IS OUT
Explore the highlights of our 28th sustainability report and discover the impact we have created in the past year. Our commitment to sustainable development is demonstrated by initiatives such as expanding our solar power production, joining the Science Based Targets initiative, and innovating a textile-to-textile recycling system. To learn more about our initiatives, achievements, and our commitment to a sustainable development, download our Sustainability Report 2022/2023. (Download a Danish version here)
Gabriel Loop – circular innovation
This year, we introduced our Gabriel Loop concept – an innovative take-back system for textile waste and a textile-to-textile recycling process where textile waste is transformed into new textile products. The Gabriel Loop differs from similar systems by using offcuts from our customers’ furniture production and by offering a closed loop solution where textile waste can be reused again and again in an infinite cycle without degrading the quality or value of the material.
We are CO2 neutral - and still reducing emissions!
Since 2019, Gabriel has maintained CO2e-neutrality within Scope 1 and 2 of the Green House Gas Protocol, achieved through compensation and by producing our own renewable energy. Over the past year, we have joined the Science Based Targets initative and have initiated the process of setting long-term CO2e reduction targets for our Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions.
Powered by solar energy
To reduce emissions, we produce our own renewable energy with solar panels on our facilities around the world. This year, we have increased our production capacity of solar energy to a total of 1320 MWh. This means, for example, that our solar energy capacity equals approximately one third of the electricity usage at our weaving plant and approximately 50% of the electricity required at our headquarters.
Small labels = big impact
We adhere to some of the world’s most stringent eco- and health standards – OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 and the EU Ecolabel. Today, every single Gabriel fabric bears the OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 label, while 79% also hold the EU Ecolabel certification. This places us at the absolute forefront as the fabric manufacturer with the largest collection of eco-labelled upholstery fabrics in the market.
Diversity, equality & inclusion
At Gabriel, our Code of Conduct and UN’s Global Compact set guidelines for how we interact with and treat people around us. This year, we have strengthened our efforts for creating a diverse, equal, and inclusive work environment, sending a clear message that we treat our employees and partners fairly, equally, and with respect, regardless of who they are, and where they come from.
Life Cycle Assessments
We have made significant progress with our Life Cycle Assessments of our fabrics, and they are scheduled to be published in 2023/24. The results will serve as valuable tools our customers, enabling them to assess the impact of their furniture, while also providing us with insights to identify opportunities for additional reductions. The assessments map the product’s impact on, for example, the climate, water environment, and user health, over its life, considering factors such as materials, waste, emissions, and energy.
The first of our Loop textiles
Renewed Loop and Beyond Loop are made from a blend of recycled textile waste and recycled plastic bottles. Our Loop fabrics are 100% recycled and 100% recyclable, and can be recycled again and again in an infinite loop.
As part of Gabriel’s innovation strategy, we are exploring new technologies that can support the circular transition, including the possibility for chemical recycling.
It is our hope and goal that the sustainability initiatives, we launch today, will prove to be the right ones also from a future perspective