Made in Tøyen, Oslo
It is well known that the textile industry contributes to terrible labour conditions and environmental pollution. By bringing part of our textile production back to Oslo, we strive to challenge that.
Until 2018, Northern Playground manufactured all products in different European countries. We have dreamed about setting up local production in Oslo, but the skills and equipment that were once an important part of Oslo’s work force, are now long gone.
Luckily, we have found women that have both the skills and the motivation to help us. The Somali women in the Kulmis network are creating jobs and opportunities for unemployed women in our local community. In Tøyen, Oslo we have set up a sewing facility where beanies, necks and headbands are being made in the blink of an eye.
This project is being run completely without outside funding. Together we want to build this on business principles and create a sustainable income for all parts.
Doesn't production in Oslo cost too much?
Well, it definitely costs more than in low-cost countries. We sell our products directly to you without intermediaries. This way we and our seamstresses can keep enough money for things to go 'round. To make this possible, you might have to pay a little more than you're usually used to, but we hope you think it's worth it.
Often times clothing brands don’t use up all the fabric they ordered for a production. These fabrics are then just left behind and thrown away.
We want to create a system where these fabrics are given a new life and turned into Northern Playground products. Normal production is not rigged for small-scale operations, but the production in Tøyen is perfect for smaller collections, and makes the revival of these fabrics possible.
Needless to say, we apply the same demands to quality, design and functionality as we do with all our other products.
Note: Limited edition! (The products in this project are dependant on the fabrics we find and will vary in color, material and quantity.)
The last part of the journey is our environmental tax.
For every sale on our webpage we donate a sum of money to the Development Fund Norway. They have deforestation programs in Ethiopia and Somalia, and together we make sure new trees are planted.
That way we create new jobs, stop deforestation and offset the Co2 emissions caused by the production and shipment of our products. The environmental tax regards sales of all our products.
Read more about what we do for the environment here.
It is difficult to create business models without hurting people and our planet. And honestly, we don’t know if this is the answer.
But we have to try.