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  1. justidiggit

    How we're balancing out our carbon footprint

    Just over one year after launching our partnership, we’re excited to share more about our on-going collaboration with Justdiggit, a grassroots organisation that fights global warming through regreening projects in Africa. Justdiggit joins forces with local partners and communities in their mission to restore dry, degraded land within the next ten years.

    As part of our ambitious goal of becoming net zero by 2030, we’ve been balancing out our carbon footprint through regreening projects with Justdiggit since April 2021. These projects, however, go way beyond carbon sequestration: they aim to rehabilitate degrading landscapes on a large scale, benefiting nature, biodiversity and local communities.

    ABOUT JUSTDIGGIT

    So why did we decide to partner with Justdiggit? In addition to its incredible achievements so far, Justdiggit sets itself apart by focusing on restoring degraded land – tree stumps, specifically – rather than planting new forests, which has a lower survival rate. The organisation uses proven Sustainable Land Management techniques to enable tree stumps to regrow into full-fledged trees. These stumps already have established root systems, and as they’re often indigenous to the land, they’re well adapted to the hot, dry climate. This strongly increases their survival rates in comparison to new trees planted. In Central Tanzania, this intervention is locally referred to as Kisiki Hai, which translates to Treecovery. Restoring vegetation in dry, degraded areas benefits the soil’s water availability, as the root systems make the land more porous, which means more water is able to seep deep into the soil. Strong vegetation also prevents erosion and flooding and improves overall soil health, allowing plants and trees to continue growing.

    SO WHAT’S NEXT?

    We’re excited to continue our partnership with Justdiggit, balancing out our carbon footprint while supporting them in their efforts to regreen Africa. Our primary focus, however, is and will remain on reducing our emissions, as we work towards becoming net zero in 2023. Stay tuned!

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  2. Environnemental assessment

    Environmental impact assessment

    Since 2022, we’re working with BCOME to calculate the environmental impact of our products. On our website, you will find the environmental assessment of every product on its specific product page. We use these scores to determine reduction targets and to compensate for our emissions. The assessment scores every item on four variables: Global Warming, Water Scarcity, Eutrophication and Abiotic Depletion. We’ll quickly go through these different concepts and explain how to interpret each of them.


    Global warming

    This is the total of all greenhouse gases emitted throughout the supply chain, expressed in a CO2 equivalent. This impact area includes other greenhouse gases, like methane, too (e.g. from livestock). The total greenhouse gas emissions are translated into a CO2 equivalent. Note therefore, that the Global Warming score does not show direct CO2 emissions. It also includes other greenhouse gases and therefore gives a higher impact score than you would get when you only measure direct carbon emissions.

    Water scarcity

    This measures the impact of the water usage for a certain product, on global water scarcity. This impact score is measured by taking the direct water consumption and multiplying it with a factor dependent on the geographical location where the water is consumed. We do this, instead of simply counting direct water consumption, to give a more accurate idea of the actual impact of a product. This means that the score is not representing direct consumption. While a product might need 10 litres of water, the impact on water scarcity can be equivalent to the use of 100 litres of water. Because one litre of water used in a place where it’s much more scarce, means a much higher impact on global water scarcity than that same litre used in a place where water is abundant.

    Eutrophication

    Maybe a less known issue, but even so important because of its devastating potential, is eutrophication. This is a chain reaction resulting from the use of fertilisers and pesticides. These (chemical) resources protect the crops on the fields and help them grow. But when they trickle down into the earth, they finally end up in lakes, rivers and seas. There, it forms a feeding ground for bacteria such as green algae. The algae thrive under these conditions, which results in an abundance of green algae. As an effect, a thick layer of green pulp forms on the surface, covering it off from sunlight and oxygen, causing organisms underneath to die. In short, the use of fertilisers, pesticides and other chemicals that end up in nature can cause whole ecosystems to break down. We compare these scores with washing cycles, another - more familiar - practice that incurs eutrophication.

    Abiotic depletion

    This relates to the use of fossil energy sources. Although many of our suppliers are working on installing solar panels and other forms of sustainable power sources, there’s still a considerable amount of energy coming from fossil energy sources. Also the use of synthetic materials, such as polyester and elastane requires abiotics and therefore has an impact on this score.

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  3. Certified Bcorp

    MR MARVIS is the largest Dutch clothing brand to become a Certified B Corporation

    We are very proud to announce that MR MARVIS is officially a Certified B Corporation (B Corp). As a B Corp, we are part of a global community of businesses that meet high standards of social and environmental impact.

    Ever since the launch of our first pair of perfect shorts - back in 2016 - we have strived to make conscious decisions in every aspect of our business. From being an inclusive and considerate employer, to producing in Portugal using more sustainable materials. As a B Corp, MR MARVIS is now officially part of a community of businesses spearheading a global movement for an inclusive, equitable, and regenerative economy. We join the ranks of thousands of like-minded businesses worldwide, including conscious brands Allbirds, Chloé, Patagonia, and Veja.

    MR MARVIS has surpassed the required minimum score of 80 points to become a B Corp, achieving a notable score of 101.7 on the B Impact Assessment. The average score for B Corps in the Netherlands is 83.7 points, while non-B Corps typically score around 50 points. This achievement reflects our commitment to responsible business practices and a positive impact on society and the environment.

    “After a two-year team effort, we are proud to call ourselves the largest Dutch clothing brand to become a B Corp. While we take pride in this achievement, it is one step in an ongoing journey. Becoming a B Corp is a testament that we are on the right path. We are very proud of this achievement and remain committed to further enhancing our positive impact on people & planet.” - David Sipkens, co-founder & CEO

    “To achieve B Corp certification is a major milestone for MR MARVIS. We are happy to welcome them to our B Corp community and wish them well as they continue in their sustainability journey.” (Tessa van Soest, Executive Director B Lab Benelux)

    All social and environmental efforts that contribute to our B Corp certification can be found in the first edition of our annual Action Report. This report gives a detailed insight into MR MARVIS’ social and environmental decisions and their impact. You can find the full report via the link below. However, to give you a brief summary, here are some highlights that have greatly contributed to our achievement of becoming a certified B Corporation:

    1. The use of environmentally preferred materials (organic, recycled, and recyclable), a permanent collection of timeless designs and no end-of-season sales.
    2. High standards for working conditions which are formalised through a Code of Conduct that was signed by all our production partners.
    3. Supporting charitable causes, both through monetary donations and team volunteering work.
    4. We are dedicated to reducing our carbon footprint and achieving net zero emissions by 2030. To reach this goal, we thoroughly assess all emissions related to our operations and offset 110% of unavoidable emissions.
    5. In 2022 we donated a total of almost €60,000 to charities. We doubled all donations made by employees, and our employees invested 174 hours of their time in volunteering projects.

    Obtaining the B Corp certification represents a significant achievement in MR MARVIS’ mission to make people around the world feel marvellous. But we are not done yet. The certification offers a valuable framework, helping to implement further improvements in all aspects of our business. We will remain focused on improving our impact - until the recertification in 2026 and beyond.

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  4. The Seersucker Swims

    We all know a tiger can’t change his stripes. But you can! Swap your organic cotton seersucker shorts for our brand new swim shorts: The Seersucker Swims. Striped, stylish, timeless & stretchy.

    In 2018, we launched our first swim short. Over the past years we have introduced many new colors and prints, but the swim version of The Seersuckers is the first introduction made from a totally different fabric. The sustainable, high-quality 4-way stretch fabric consists of recycled polyamide (36%), organic cotton (31%), polyester (27%), and elastane (6%). The combination of quick dry and stretch is simply unique.

    Dream away of your next vacation to the Mediterranean, or even to the tropical other side of the world… Envision those white sand beaches and ice-cold cocktails. Get yourself a pair of our striped swimmers and enhance the anticipation even more…

    For the introductory collection of The Seersucker Swims we handpicked six stunning colors to pair a white stripe: light blue, dark blue, bright blue, green, yellow, and brick red. These classic combos look as sophisticated today as ever. Which one will you choose?

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  5. The Originals vs. The Piqués - The differences explained

    The Fabric
    The Originals
    are made of a stretch cotton blend (99% cotton and 1% elastane), with an unmatched super soft finish. Our fabric is Oeko-Tex certified, meaning that the fabric is produced in a sustainable way.

    The Piqués are named after the fabric they're made of: an airy, woven fabric with a textured waffle look. It is similar to the fabric a polo shirt is made of, but with more structure, so it’s perfect for our shorts. The fabric is developed especially for us in Portugal and is made of 100% organic cotton.

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  6. Meet the perfect piqué shorts

    No matter where you are in the world, The Piqués are essential to wear this summer. Those marvelous shorts will follow you places you will never forget. Combining the perfect fit with high-quality organic fabric, those airy shorts with a textured waffle look will be your best travel buddy. Safe - and smart - travels misters!

    MR MARVIS proudly presents to you the newest addition to The Perfect Shorts collection: The Piqués. They are named after their fabric, an airy woven fabric with a textured waffle look generally referred to as piqué. The Piqués are just so cool and comfortable, these shorts will certainly allow for a smooth transition from your Sunday morning espresso to your afternoon aperitivo, piqué all day!

    The Two Main Differences Between The Originals & The Piqués

    Our Original shorts and The Piqués share the same fit. While The Originals are made of 98% cotton and 2% elastane, The Piqués are made out of organic cotton. We've developed our own 100% organic cotton piqué in Portugal, which lives up to our high standards. The other main difference from The Originals, is that The Piqués have a zipper fly instead of a button fly. Read more about the details below.

    The Details Make the Design

    You know what MR MARVIS likes? Details! You can still find the super comfortable elastic waistband on The Piqués, as well as the hidden pocket. But we've changed the button fly of the Originals to a zipper fly for The Piqués. And as a finishing touch, The Piqués have a sleek, silver-colored MR MARVIS emblem at the bottom hem of the shorts. The Originals have an embroidered emblem instead. Try both types of perfect shorts and choose your favorite style!

    Get in that #MRMARVISMOOD and make your summer unforgettable. Life is short - stay cool.

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