Ecosystems – a better way to find solutions
Lindström is committed to being a forerunner in helping our customers become more sustainable. One way we do this is by finding new solutions that are aligned with the circular economy, which is both challenging, and something we cannot do alone. The best way to find sustainable solutions and reach targets is to form ecosystems with other companies, enlist specialists in a range of fields, and work together with partners and suppliers.
Keeping a close watch on new developments
A key focus area for increasing the sustainability of our customers is to create new services based on digitalization and the circular economy. However, a more sustainable service offering is not the only thing we’re working on. Another way to increase sustainability is to test new ways of recycling our products, together with our partners. Our target is to recycle 100 % of our textiles by 2025, and it’s clear that this presents several challenges, since not all materials we use are easily recyclable, if at all, and a single solution never fits all countries or materials. Fortunately, new technologies are being developed all the time, new start-up companies are born, and a new generation of people is rising that’s eager to find solutions to previously unsolvable problems. At Lindström, we’re following these developments with keen eyes.
A global challenge – local solutions
While helping our customers become more sustainable is our global target, our solutions need to be adapted to local conditions. Whenever possible, we try to solve sustainability challenges where they are happening. Producing goods in one corner of the world, using them in another, and recycling them in yet another region is hardly the most sustainable solution. That is why Lindströmers in all the countries we work in are dedicated to finding new recycling solutions in their own regions.
Combining diverse expertise is key
Another important target for us is to find new materials that are more sustainable than current ones. Adoption of so-called eco-materials and recycled materials has been the first step in this direction, but our development work is continuing. It is important to note that in this development work we need to take into account not only the longevity of products but also how comfortable they are to wear and how easily they can be recycled. Currently, many universities, research institutes, and companies are working on developing new bio-based materials that could in the future support our own sustainability goals. By working within an ecosystems framework, all partners bring their specific areas of expertise to the common task. We firmly believe that together they can not only increase sustainability but also create a profitable business for all involved.