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2025 objectives

100% of Salomon products have their environmental performance visible by the consumer
100% top tier materials suppliers have signed or otherwise demonstrated compliance with category-level Materials Compliance Programs and Restricted Substances Lists
100% of new Salomon products will be designed to one or several of our circular economy principles

COMMITTED TO REDUCE THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF ALL OUR PRODUCTS

We are using several tools to measure and improve our materials and products footprint :
> Materials compliance program and Restricted Substances Lists (RSL)
> Bluesign System Partner
> Higg Index Brand and Product Modules
> Salomon Circular Economy Principles 

Micro Plastics

Micro plastic pollution can have several origins, but one comes from the textile industry. Synthetic textiles, such as fleece jackets, send tiny plastic fibers into wastewater after washing. Microfibers are tiny, so they can easily move through sewage treatment plants. These bits eventually make their way into rivers, lakes and our oceans, where they pose health threats to plants and animals.  
Natural fibers, such as cotton or wool, biodegrade over time. But synthetic fibers are problematic because they do not biodegrade and tend to bind with molecules of harmful chemical pollutants found in wastewater, such as pesticides or flame retardants.
There is no easy solution to avoid this pollution happening and we are working actively to solve it at our level. The first step would be to encourage our consumers from washing their synthetic garments with a mesh laundry bag that captures shedding fibers as clothes are tossed and spun, preventing the fibers from escaping.
 

Product compliance and materials of concern

The category-based RSL (Restricted Substance List) lists define Salomon guidelines to control and monitor the hazardous substances in its products.
The purpose of these guidelines is to ensure that the materials, components and finished products supplied to Salomon or for its business comply with local laws and regulations regarding toxicology, the environment, and product safety. Salomon has developed specific RSL guidelines to the Footwear, Apparel & Gear and winter sports equipement category to control and monitor the hazardous substances in our products. »

Bluesign® System Partner

Salomon Apparel & Gear joined the bluesign® system partner network in July 2013.
The membership covers all Amer Sports brands within the Apparel & Gear category.
The bluesign® system is a solution for a sustainable textile production and it eliminates harmful substances from the beginning of the manufacturing process.

It also sets and controls standards for more environmentally friendly and safe production. This not only ensures that the final textile product meets very stringent consumer safety requirements worldwide but also provides confidence to the consumer to acquire a sustainable product.
45%
Of our suppliers are bluesign partners

Leather Working Group

Leather manufacturing can be an environmentally impactful process, with key potential impacts including deforestation and the use of hazardous chemicals in leather tanneries. That is why Salomon choose to source certified leather from the LEATHER WORKING GROUP. 100% of Salomon leather is coming from LWG certified tanneries (gold and silver rated)

Packaging and Single Use plastics

We have implemented Sustainable Packaging Guidelines for all our products.

As an example, our entire footwear packaging uses FSC certified cardboard boxes, which comes from a forest and supply chain that is managed responsibly.

We are working to reduce and optimize the materials used in packaging. 24t of paper was saved in 2017 by optimizing shoe boxes.

Salomon has also recently joined the European Outdoor Group Single Use Plastics Project to work at the industry level to find solutions.

https://europeanoutdoorgroup.com/singleuse/

Identified areas of improvment

  • Scale up the implementaion of circular economy projects
  • Work at the industry level to develop a common too (like Higg index) for winter sports equipment
  • Integrate MSI within Salomon product developement tool

PFCs

PFC is an abbreviartion for fluorinated chemicals that are used in the production of Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finishes and waterproof membranes in outdoor apparel. Some substances used have been named by a recent report by Greenpeace, highlighting a high concentration of hazardous compounds in a large number of outdoor jacket and shoe samples.

There are potential health and safety concerns with both PFOS and PFOA substances that comes from fluorinated solutions. The European Union has banned PFOS and is considering similar action with PFOA. Most water repellents on the market today are PFOS-free. Long chain solutions (C8) are still the most performant durable water repellent on the market, especially for oil and grease, but are at risk for their PFOA content. To reduce the risk of finding PFOA in these treatments, Salomon chose in 2017 to move from a long chain solution (C8) to a short chain solution (C6) that is PFOA Free.


While C6 DWR treatments still have a degree of ecotoxicity concerns, these are at a vastly lower scale than their C8 predecessors. Salomon continues to test and research a range of non- fluorinated, non-PFC DWR treatments, with the ultimate goal being to continually reduce the environmental impact across the full product lifecycle, while delivering the performance and product lifespan that meet our brand standards.

That is why Salomon is committed to the following timeline to remove PFCs from its entire supply chain. 

FTW = PFC free and PFC EC free in 2020
BAGS = PFC free in 2022
APPAREL & WSE = PFC free in 2023

Product life cycle and Higg Index

We are currently piloting the Higg Index Product Module and Material Sustainability Index (MSI) to measure the environemental impact a product makes through its life-cycle. It will help us to improve our products, compare them across the industy and also share with our consumers the environmental performance of all our products by 2025.

www.apparelcoalition.org/the-higg-index/


Since the Higg Index Product Module and MSI are dedicated to the Apparel and Footwear industry, we are currently carrying out Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) with an external expert on a pair of skis

Salomon Circular economy principles

  • Product Lifecycle
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  • Resource Efficiency
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  • Durability & Repair
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  • Business Models
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  • End of Use
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Salomon circular product initiatives

Read more about our Cross Amphibian swift 2 on our blog.

https://www.salomon.com/creating-more-sustainable-footwear

A PROPOS DE SALOMON

Salomon has been playing in the French alps since 1947.
Our passion for outdoor sports, new technologies and craftsmanship has driven us - and still does - to create progressive gear to enable you to freely enjoy and challenge yourself in the great outdoors.
Don’t wait any longer.
Now, it’s time to play.