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The ocean might seem far away from our offices, but our team member Billy is actively engaged on the north shore of Java, Indonesia, where he manages our clean-up activities to gradually clear the sea from plastic.

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OUR MISSION

The ocean might seem far away from our offices, but our team member Billy is actively engaged on the north shore of Java, Indonesia, where he manages our clean-up activities to gradually clear the sea from plastic.

Because we are more than just a fashion brand! In order to create a real impact and a truly sustainable product, it was important for us to have full control over every single step of our production chain - starting where the problem is the biggest. Our very own network of 2,000 fishermen collects ocean plastic as by-catch, which is then carefully separated and cleaned before processed. For each GOT BAG, we recover up to 9 lb of ocean plastic. The PET share of the recycled plastic is fed into our production chain, while all other unusable parts are discarded according to the right recycling chain. The raw material “ocean plastic” turns step by step into a high-quality yarn. Each production step conserves resources and follows the highest requirements for fair and social work conditions, including job safety and certifications.

OUR MISSION

CLEAN UP INDONESIA

%

of the oxygen we breathe is produced by marine flora.

(Yes, more than trees)

%

of the garbage in our oceans is plastic waste.

is the year, every sea bird will have plastic parts in its stomach.

%

of worldwide plastic waste is not being recycled.

years does it take to decompose plastic.

GOT BAG OCEAN CLEANUP

1.

Our network of 2,000 fishermen on the north shore of Indonesia collects ocean plastic as by-catch. The plastic is cleaned and sorted before processed.

2.

The PET portion of the by-catch is shredded into pellets, while all other unusable parts of the recovered plastic are discarded according to the right recycling chain.

3.

Because of the regional proximity, the pellets are shipped to our production facility in China, where they are turned into a robust yarn and ultimately into a polyester fabric, which is waterproof thanks to an innovative BIO-PU coating and the foundation for your GOT BAG.

4.

To keep our CO2 footprint as low as possible, we chose trains to Europe and ships to the US as our means of transport. Additionally, we carbon offset all of our shipping routes to North America and within North America.

OUR SUPPLY CHAIN

Indonesia is known as one of the world's epicenters of plastic waste, but that's only because we all play a part in getting the waste shipped there.

Recycling of ocean plastic

By using recycled PET, we made the commitment to utilize an eco-friendly alternative to new plastic in our yarn production. One metric ton of recycled PET saves 3.8 barrels of oil, 3,750 lb of water, and reduces the CO2 emission by 306,000 lb compared to the industry standard. So far, we were able to recycle 117 tons of ocean plastic.

Sociological & ecological values

Providing environmentally and socially compatible products is not enough for us. We also organize training sessions on waste separation for the local community on Java, to create a collective awareness about plastic pollution. GOT BAG also helps to support the establishment of a waste infrastructure in rural areas. In the long term, we hope to persuade the local government to rethink the way it operates Indonesia’s waste management system.

Innovative BIO-PU coating

Sustainable down to the last fiber! The fabric of every GOT BAG is water-repellent thanks to an innovative BIO-PU coating, which uses significantly less water and oil during production, while also emitting less CO2 than traditional coating processes. All of our products are free from PFC.

QUANZHOU, FUJIAN PROVINCE, CHINA

Our production facility

Our production chain is long and every single product requires the work of many people. Supply chain transparency is of the highest importance for us, because we want our customers to understand how our products are made and how we chose our current supply chain. Because all of our partners are carefully selected with an emphasis on quality, sustainability, business ethics, and operational excellence. 

Because sustainability starts for us with the people who are committed to GOT BAG. We treat everyone involved with respect and we care about our relationship to all of our global associates. We believe in transparent communication and fair working & production conditions.

Why do we produce in China? Even though we design and engineer all of our products in Germany, no local manufacturer has the capabilities and technical equipment to transform PET pellets into a sustainable, high-quality yarn.

With China’s 40 years of experience as the world’s leading textile manufacturer and the regional proximity to our clean-up activities in Indonesia, it turned out to be the only suitable production country for our highly specialized products. Our colleague Pei Yu supervises the manufacturing factory in Quanzhou to make sure the production meets European standards. 

All workers are locals and live nearby the factory area, in their own homes. All workers are of legal age for employment. Food and water are supplied sufficiently and all workers are paid above industry standards, while no one works overtime hours.

If you have any questions about our production chain or if you want to learn more about how GOT BAG operates, feel free to shoot us an email to hello-us@got-bag.com. Full transparency guaranteed!

Certificates

Certificates say more than 1000 words. Only a long-lasting product is truly sustainable & responsible. We're not only giving you a product that saves resource, but we can also guarantee that every single GOT BAG is produced under fair and social conditions. 

Oceancycle certified recycling partner

We believe that customers should hold the companies they purchase from to a high standard. On the same page, we are holding our suppliers and partners to a high standard on behalf of our personal and customer values. All of our plastic processing partners carry the Oceancycle Certificate, to guarantee fair working conditions and compliance with environmental guidelines.

SEDEX & BSCI certified
supply chain

We only collaborate with SEDEX and BSCI certified partners, which guarantees us an innovative and effective solution for a functional supply chain with a focus on sustainability and social standards. You can count on the fact that all of our products have been manufactured under the highest sustainable and social conditions.

bluesign® certified manufacturers

By cooperating with bluesign® certified manufacturers only, we made the commitment to act sustainable and responsible towards people, the environment and our resources. The certification is only given to textile products produced with low emissions.

UN sustainable development goals (SDG)

We believe that it’s time to take action. The 17 goals of the United Nations (UN) give us an orientation on how we can deal with the global challenges of our time and how we can contribute to a better and more sustainable world. 


We actively support 7 of those goals with our mission. While we help to end poverty and promote quality education, we also contribute to the preservation of clean water. We help to build awareness on responsible consumption. Additionally, we take climate action and we protect the biodiversity of the oceans.

THE GOT BAG CYCLE

With our GOT BAG CYCLE, we decided to rely on a sustainable life cycle approach guided by nature.

We recycle plastic waste to manufacture premium yarns, which we ultimately use to sew our long-lasting products. Every single GOT BAG product is of the highest quality and durable. If you still encounter problems with one of our products, or if the product gets damaged, we offer you a repair service. If we exchange your GOT BAG, we will re-recycle the material for our next production line to make sure that the plastic will never end up in our oceans again.

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GOT BAG repair service

We act only truly sustainable if we use our belongings for as long as possible. If your GOT BAG is ever worn out or damaged, please send it in and we will try to repair it.

Please contact our customer service using the following form. We will then contact you and try to find a suitable solution.

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