Zadig&Voltaire has made a long-term commitment to help preserve air quality by combating climate change and air pollution in all its activities. Measuring our carbon and air footprint with the help of an external specialist firm enabled us to specify our action levers.
Zadig&Voltaire’s carbon and air footprint, presented by tier or stage from upstream to downstream
This assessment of greenhouse gas emissions and pollutant emissions carried out across all our activities, from the production of raw materials used to create the collections to the end of the products’ life, showed that 80% of our CO2 emissions were linked to the production of raw materials. This led us to make sustainable procurement our highest priority.
The ambition for 2025:
Committing to sustainable key raw materials:
The vast majority of the cashmere used by the brand comes from Inner Mongolia. In order to support sustainable cashmere production, Zadig&Voltaire has joined the "Good Cashmere Standard" and set itself the goal of using 100% certified sustainable cashmere in all its collections by 2025. To promote the circular economy dynamic, we are also developing styles made from recycled fibres.
Wool is also an important material for the brand, which offers many of its iconic styles in Woolmark-labelled merino sheep’s wool. To go further, Zadig&Voltaire aims to use 100% certified "Responsible Wool Standard" (RWS) wool by 2025. This certification guarantees respect for animal welfare, traceability and sustainable management of grazing land.
Zadig&Voltaire is committed to using 100% certified organic cotton by 2025. This means cotton grown without pesticides, insecticides or chemical fertilisers, and without GMOs. (In 2022, 70% of the cotton used for our jersey products and 50% of the cotton used for our denim products will be organically grown.)
Leather is also one of the materials that are part of the brand’s DNA. In order to support more sustainable leather production, Zadig&Voltaire has committed to sourcing only leather from certified "Leather Working Group" (LWG) tanneries by 2025. LWG is an organisation of which Zadig&Voltaire is also a member. The LWG standard helps to reduce environmental impact, ensure the safety of leather products, the health and safety of workers and the traceability of the material.
Polyester is a by-product of oil and is non-biodegradable. That’s why we are working on the use of recycled polyester for our ready-to-wear and accessory collections from 2022 to reach 100% recycled polyester by 2025.
100% of the viscose used by Zadig&Voltaire is already made with fibres from certified sustainably managed forests (FSC). In particular, a large proportion of the viscose used by the brand is EcoVero®, which also guarantees the implementation of especially demanding environmental practices during the manufacturing phase of the material.
Zadig&Voltaire is committed to bringing its products in line with reference standards with regard to the use and management of chemicals.
In order to go even further than the EU’s REACH regulation, which is highly demanding with regard to the use of chemicals, we have developed a standard formalised in an even stricter pRSL (Product Restricted Substances List) document which we are gradually deploying among our suppliers.
We are also committed to this approach through our choice of supplies, giving priority to organic materials, and using environmentally friendly production processes and certifications that include particularly demanding criteria for the use of chemicals.
Zadig&Voltaire is committed to packaging made from 100% traced, certified sustainable and recyclable materials.
For the last few seasons, and in all countries, 100% of the brand’s store bags and e-commerce boxes have been made from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified paper made from traced recycled fibres from sustainably managed forests, and are 100% recyclable.
Zadig&Voltaire is also working to eliminate virgin plastic made from fossil fuels. To this end, all polybags used to package and protect products are recyclable and are made from biosourced material derived from sugar cane.
The brand will gradually roll out its approach across all packaging to reach 100% packaging from sustainable and recyclable materials and the elimination of virgin plastic made from fossil fuels by 2025.