PetiteKnit strives to stand for quality and timeless designs. We aim to design both knitwear and products that are relevant and lasting in terms of both appearance and quality.
WHAT IS PETITEKNIT’S APPROACH TO SUSTAINABILITY?
At PetiteKnit sustainability is taking responsibility for both people and our environment. We therefore aim to do our best to minimize our negative impact on the planet while at the same time taking a social responsibility. Minimizing our impact is an ongoing process and there are still things we could do better, but we are continuously taking steps in a more sustainable direction.
WHERE ARE PETITEKNIT’S PRODUCTS PRODUCED?
Our products are produced in different parts of the world, but we are always looking for manufacturers that live up to our own standards regarding environmental impact and social working condition.
As examples of our production, we can mention:
- Our patterns are printed locally in Aarhus, Denmark at a Nordic Swan certified printing house.
- Our organic soap is produced in Germany at a factory certified by EcoControl after the Nature Care Products standards. The bottles are made of 100 % recyclable plastic.
- Our textile products are made in India at an environmentally certified factory. We exclusively use organic cotton, and we have chosen not to have our textile products wrapped individually in plastic
- Our leather is certified by Leather Working Group, and it is made into our products at a socially responsible facility in Struer, Denmark, where we aim to use all parts of the leather to minimize waste.
WHAT STEPS HAVE PETITEKNIT TAKEN TO MINIMIZE ITS IMPACT?
For some years now, we have been working on reducing our use of plastic both in our products, our production and in our shipping.
In the cases where the packaging is meant to be single use, we pack our products in the compostable material NatureFlex® or in FSC certified bags made primarily of grass harvested local to the production in Germany.
We also no longer pack our patterns individually in plastic pockets but print them on paper of a heavier weight and durability.
When a package needs a bit more protection during shipping, we ship in paper bags lined with surplus wool from the Estonian wool production.
Sometimes when products are delivered to us, they have small imperfections or are damaged during shipping. We sell these products as second sorting products at a reduced rate, rather than throw them out, to avoid waste whenever we can.
HOW DOES PETITEKNIT TAKE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY?
At PetiteKnit we believe that sustainability is also a matter of helping people when and where they need it. For this reason, PetiteKnit donates monthly to both Mødrehjælpen and the Red Cross. We also donate new shirts for the local handball club every season.
Besides this, PetiteKnit has made collections and donations to a series of help organizations like UNICEF, Save the Children, and the Red Cross.
From 1 December 2022 to 1 December 2023 sales from the pattern December Bow, will be donated to Save the Children.
In relation to the war in Ukraine, PetiteKnit managed to collect and donate over 1 million Danish kroner to the Red Cross. We are very impressed by the commitment shown by knitters worldwide.
In 2023 PetiteKnit has furthermore donated 100.000 Danish kroner to both the Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders in response to natural disasters and conflict in different parts of the world.
We have also at PetiteKnit had several employees in different kinds of flexible positions for people who have needed to return to the job market with high degrees of flexibility in both obligations and hours. We have also had interns from different educational institutions because we believe in the importance of educating the future in textile design.
WHAT IS PETITEKNIT’S APPROACH TO YARN SUGGESTIONS?
When selecting yarn for a pattern, we think of both the quality of the yarn and the production of it. The yarn manufacturers we choose to work with and use in our patterns, are all ones we feel have a sustainable approach to both animal welfare and the further treatment of the yarn.
PetiteKnit primarily suggest yarn of natural materials and materials of a durable quality.
In collaboration with Sandnes Garn, PetiteKnit has developed the yarns Sunday and Double Sunday, which are both non-superwashed merino wool yarns. Choosing not to superwash the yarn is both better for the environment and helps preserve the natural properties of the wool.
If you should have any questions regarding our products or production, please contact us at email@example.com.