Scandinavian Sustainability

Lofthus Norway Scandinavia

When you’re not out hiking the closest thing you can do is to go to your local outdoor store and enjoy checking out gear. So that’s what I did this weekend. During this visit I came across two brands confirming that Scandinavians know how to make awesome gear and respect nature; Haglöfs and Bergans of Norway.

Since I’m curious if and how brands communicate sustainability efforts, I’ve made a habit out of reading the labels. I noticed that there are still many products without information on them. However, there were a few labels that caught my attention, I thought it would be nice to share them with you.


The Essens Down Jacket of Haglöfs features quite some sustainability standards. The jacket is PFC-free and made of 100% recycled polyamide. It is also a Bluesign product with RDS certified down.
(have a look at our Environmental Impact page for a short description)

Label of the Häglofs Essens Down Jacket on which they clearly communicate the environmental advantages of this jacket
Häglofs Essens Down Jacket – label

Bergans of Norway

The Stranda ski collection of Bergans is (as they put it) their most sustainable ski collection ever. For this collection they use 100% recycled polyester and 100% recycled down. They also use the SpinDye coloring method which reduces water, chemical, and energy usage.

Label of the Stranda Collection of Bergans. They clearly communicate the environmental advantages of their SpinDye coloring method
Bergans Stranda Collection – label

To be honest I am a little bit biased when it comes to Scandinavia. As you can read in my other post (Green Adventurer, The Story), my first trip was to Norway which was the beginning of this whole adventure!
(I made picture at the top in Lofthus, Norway)

Do you also check the labels? And what are your experiences with these Scandinavian brands?