SWG calls for contributions

Call for more involvement with Sustainability Working Group

The European Outdoor Group (EOG) called on the outdoor industry to do its part to improve the industry’s sustainability credentials by getting involved with its Sustainability Working Group (SWG).

During a breakfast meeting at OutDoor, EOG SWG chair Hilke Patzwall said sustainability is still not prevalent enough in the outdoor sector, and that the trade needs to understand that there is a growing trend for consumers to buy from environmentally friendly brands, and pay more in the processes.

SWG has been working on various platforms, such as the SIGNS web tool to provide ‘information surrounding textile regulations and standards across Europe and beyond’, as well as end of product life guidelines that form part of the EOG’s Eco Index.

Patzwall said: “Care for end of product life can have huge benefits, such as reducing textile waste and re-using resources. The industry needs to show customers that it cares and that companies don’t just drop their responsibility once the product has been sold.

“The Eco Index is a free, open source platform that you can use to assess sustainability. We are working to update and develop it, and are adding new groups to SWG looking at different areas, such as equipment and toxics.

“A challenge for SWG is resources. It takes time, energy and brains to evolve this work and all contributions are welcomed, and needed. We’re happy to have more specialist knowledge involved with the group, as it is these puzzle pieces that make SWG special.”

For more news from OutDoor, see the August issue of SGB Outdoor