We are a family business. We always stay true to our roots in traditional craftsmanship – and at the
same time, we constantly come up with innovations. Currently we’re working ambitiously on becoming
even more sustainable while upholding our high quality standards. Sustainability has always been
something we care about. Even before it was a buzzword or a trend. And it always felt so natural to
us that we didn’t talk about it all that much. We would like to change that – because such an
important topic deserves more awareness. Our new goal is to communicate transparently what we’re
doing already and what we’re going to do in the future, in order to produce our collections with
less of an environmental impact. To let you know that we care. And to inspire you to become active,
too. And it doesn’t stop there. Another thing we take for granted is social responsibility. It’s
extremely important to us to be fair. Ever since our beginnings in 1978.
Our key values are part of everything we do. They are the reason we created an eco-friendly denim line, for example.
Let’s talk details.
Step by step,
taking Closed towards a
We are not an eco label. (And we feel that it’s impossible for a clothing company with
quarterly collections to be 100 per cent sustainable.) That doesn’t stop us from
continuously finding new ways to improve – because, of course, we care about our planet.
Always have, always will. We’re continuously making our processes as sustainable as
possible. Step by step, we’re taking Closed towards a greener future.
Our goal is to produce our collections with less of an environmental impact, while never compromising our high quality. Fortunately, these two values often go hand in hand. By making high quality our priority ever since the beginnings of Closed, a lot of our processes have been clean and green since the early 1980s. Long before the concept of sustainability became an (important!) trend. A good starting point, but nothing to rest on.
Step by step,
taking Closed towards a greener future.
we publish a sustainability report every year – to show you in detail what we are doing every day to become even more eco-friendly. Download our latest report here: Closed Sustainability Report 2021 (PDF).
Fair Wear Foundation:
We have been a member of the Fair Wear Foundation, which promotes fair working conditions in the textile industry, since January 2021. As a Fair Wear member, the working conditions in our partners’ production sites are independently audited on a regular basis. Furthermore, we commit to the Fair Wear complaint system as well as transparent reporting through our membership. We react immediately to the results of all audits and incorporate them into the individual assessment of each supplier to be able to draw appropriate conclusions. This involvement and transparency are crucial for us to be able to positively influence the working conditions in the factories in the long term.
As part of our membership, we publish an annual report, which is available here: Closed Social Report 2021 (PDF).
88 per cent of our products are made in Europe, keeping distances short. Something very special: our denim is made in Italy in our so-called ‚denim triangle‘ with three long-established partners – from weaving to dyeing and sewing. Our products are transported to our warehouses and shops by land, not by air.
A Better Blue:
for our eco-friendly denim line A BETTER BLUE, we use 50 per cent less water, 25 per cent less energy, and 65 per cent less chemicals, thanks to innovative dyeing and washing methods. We also use eco-friendly materials: sustainable denim from start to finish. Every season, we increase the volume of A BETTER BLUE products – in autumn 2021, more than 50 per cent of our denim collection will be part of A BETTER BLUE! We also keep introducing new materials and innovative techniques for A BETTER BLUE. One example is the world’s first biodegradable stretch yarn Coreva™, which we used to create degradable stretch jeans and denim jackets in spring/summer 2021. Coreva™ was invented by our denim mill Candiani in Italy.
our headquarters and warehouse in Hamburg have been climate-neutral since 2018. We try to lower our carbon footprint where we can. We compensate for emissions that cannot be avoided by supporting climate protection projects. From autumn/winter 2021, our A BETTER BLUE jeans are climate-neutral products. And in the next few years we will make our entire production climate-neutral.
recycled cotton and recycled elastane are part of A BETTER BLUE, saving even more water and chemicals. We use a special Lyocell fiber, consisting of a wood component and 30 per cent recycled cotton waste. And our insulation material 3M™ Thinsulate™ Recycled Featherless Insulation contains recycled loose-fill fibers. Some of our jackets come with a Thermore® Ecodown® filling, made of 100 per cent recycled PET bottles. We also use recycled polyester, recycled nylon and recycling-cashmere.
we use an increasing volume of organic cotton. Since summer 2020, our Oxford Shirts for men and women as well as a lot of our jeans and essentials have been made of 100 per cent organic cotton. In summer 2021 we introduced organic linen – and organic cashmere is coming soon!
we care about animals – and have stopped using fur in 2014. We joined the Fur Free Retailer network by the animal organisation Four Paws in 2021 to make our promise more official. We also signed Four Paws’ Brand Letter of Intent to officially call for a mulesing-free wool industry – and it is our goal to guarantee that our wool or wool mix yarns and fabrics are mulesing-free. We started using vegan logo patches for our A BETTER BLUE jeans in 2020. The patches are made of Jacron instead of leather. We also introduced the Approved Vegan seal by the animal rights organisation PETA to denote our products without any animal-origin constituents in our online shop. We do not use angora or down at all.
Packaging & shipping:
we ship our online shop orders in 100 per cent recyclable boxes, made from 100 per cent
We ship our online shop orders in an environmentally friendly way with DHL Green within Germany.
Our products are packed and shipped in bags made of a material that degrades in 10–15 years (instead of 300 years). Made by the company Re.Ma.Plast, they contain the organic additive EcoPure for much faster biodegradation. (By the way: The reason we use poly bags at all is to make sure every product arrives in perfect condition. The reason we don’t use paper bags is that you can’t see what’s inside, which makes things a bit difficult at the warehouse.)
For the butterfly strips used to support the collars of our packaged blouses and shirts, we use paper instead of plastic.
we use paper from responsible resources for our hang tags and for our HARD COPY magazine
For our HARD COPY magazine and a lot of our other printed goods, we started using recycled paper (Blauer Engel). HARD COPY is a climate-neutral print product. We will be using recycled paper for our hangtags soon.
No disposal of unsold goods:
we would never throw away or destroy unsold Closed items. Products that didn’t sell at the end of the season get marked down for our sale periods. Remaining items have another chance in our outlets. The next step after the outlets is our bi-annual factory sale. We have been giving items that didn’t sell after these steps to a Chilean charity organisation for many years. The clothes are sold in Chile and the complete proceeds support a music school for children in need.
Where we produce our collections:
Little things (please do try them at home!)
we lease bicycles for our employees to encourage them to do without their cars. For all business trips, we work with AtmosFair to offset our carbon emissions by supporting projects that reduce greenhouse gases. When taking the train is an option for business trips, we don’t fly.
we only use green electricity (provided by Lichtblick) at our headquarters, shops and showrooms.
we stopped using plastic bottles at our headquarters and showrooms but use glass bottles and water filters instead.
Staying awake & happy:
we ditched coffee machines with aluminium capsules, using an eco-friendly alternative. We don’t work with catering companies that deliver food with a lot of plastic packaging.
eco-friendly packaging is now available as an additional option for our online shop customers.
there will be eco paper bags in our shops soon.
we are working on making our entire production climate-neutral step by step in the next few years.
More eco-materials and sustainable techniques:
it is our goal to introduce even more sustainable materials and techniques every season. For autumn/winter 2022, we have selected a lot of fabrics that are treated with natural dyes for almost all product groups. Compared to conventional dyeing methods, we can save significant amounts of water and chemicals.
(Autumn/Winter 2022 collection)
Traditional craftsmanship benefits from modern expertise.
Traditional craftsmanship benefits from modern expertise. That is why we push things forward with new technologies for sustainable and advanced production. We’re especially proud of our eco-friendly denim line A BETTER BLUE – but have a look at the other innovative technical fabrics we use to produce our collections.
Traditional craftsmanship benefits from modern expertise.
- Thinsulate™ Recycled Featherless by 3M™:
- In 2015 we raised the bar by using the down substitute Thinsulate™ Featherless by 3M™ (Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing), a leading producer in their field of technology based in St. Paul, Minnesota, in the USA. We were one of the first German companies to process the synthetic, animal-friendly material as insulating padding for our jackets and coats. Since Autumn/Winter 2019, we have been using 3M™ Thinsulate Recycled Featherless Insulation. It’s made with 100 per cent recycled loose-fill fibers.
- Lyocell is a natural fiber produced from renewable raw material wood. Its production has a low ecological impact – and it’s completely biodegradable.
- from our autumn 2021 collection on, we will be using an innovative outer wear fabric made of recycled nylon. It is dyed with a sustainable dye containing plant pigments. Developed by our Japanese partners Komatsu Matere, ONIBEGIE is an eco-friendly dyeing technique that upcycles onion skins, olives and bamboo.
Denim is our greatest passion. And as traditional methods of producing denim leave a lot of room for
improvement (mainly in regard to water and chemical consumption), we came up with an eco-friendly
denim line in 2018: A BETTER BLUE.
We developed this line with our Italian denim partners Candiani, the so-called greenest denim mill in the blue world, and the Everest laundry to set new standards. Innovative ecological washing and dyeing methods are at the centre of A BETTER BLUE. And 40 per cent of the cotton Candiani uses for the denim comes from the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). Overall 50 per cent less water, 25 per cent less energy, and 65 per cent less chemicals are used for A BETTER BLUE products (compared to conventional means).
At Closed we are loyal. Many of our manufacturing partners have been with us for decades, and we see them as part of the family. These relationships are built on trust and form the basis for everything we do. For us, sustainability also means creating the same conditions for all workers. Today and tomorrow.
Our managers, designers and apparel engineers regularly visit our production sites and are in constant dialogue with our suppliers. These long-standing partnerships have resulted in a Code of Conduct for ecological and social guidelines – one based on mutual trust and followed as a matter of course. It is signed bi-annually by all our partners. Find it here:
As a Fair Wear member, we stand up for the Code of Labour Practices of the foundation. Our production partners have also signed these eight labour guidelines and informed their workers about them:
- Employment is freely chosen
- No discrimination in employment
- No exploitation of child labour
- Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining
- Payment of a living wage
- No excessive working hours
- Safe and healthy working conditions
- Legally binding employment relationship
A fair price
We believe in openness and clear communication. Even when it comes to money. Closed products come at a certain price. But what we charge is calculated honestly. There are cheaper providers – but they do not deliver the same Closed quality. There are comparable products from other suppliers – but at a much higher price. How much is a pair of jeans worth that is handmade in Italy? What price do you put on the fact that we produce 88 per cent of our entire range in Europe? We choose to be honest and transparent because we want our pricing to be clear and understandable. We believe this is fair.