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New Future - Environmental Sustainability

The environmental impacts of operating and producing goods globally is significant. We recognize that, and for the last 10 years have been slowly (but steadily) building sustainability and management of our impacts into our business. We’re nowhere near perfect – that goes without saying – and while there’s still a long road ahead of us, here are a few things we’d like to share with you as we look back on 2015. When we look at our impacts, we’re considering everything we can from start to finish; from raw materials to the finished products that end up on your body (and then what you do with them afterwards).

EPL-ChartEnvironmental Profit & Loss (the E P&L)

We’re proud to say, thanks to the E P&L, that as far as we know, we are the first brand in our space to participate in natural capital accounting, This innovative reporting tool is helping us understand where our most significant impacts are occurring (hint, hint: we’re starting here with our products). Placing a monetary value on the changes to society that our products have created, the E P &L allows us to measure our impacts across all our supply chain, and broken out by: GHGs (greenhouse gas emissions – be sure to keep up on the news post COP21), Air Pollution, Land Use, Waste, Water Use, and Water Pollution.

With 3 years of reporting under our belts, we are confident to say – and it's well understood and widely accepted amongst our industry – that upwards of 75% of our impacts occur at the points of production furthest back in our supply chain: Raw materials sourcing and production. This continues to help drive the decision-making when it comes to sustainability initiatives in the company.

Something else to note: Kering has made public the methodology of the E P&L; something this good deserves to be opened up to others. Learn more at Kering.com.


Our Products:

Repreve-RackContinued Partnership with Repreve

To address the impacts that our raw material choices have, we have partnered with Repreve, helping “turn plastic bottles into cool stuff.” Once just a staple in the boardshorts line, Repreve Recyled fibers are finding their way into our Snow base layer program, and more significantly, into our core chino program; one of the biggest volume programs we have. You can be sure there’s more to come. Did you know that every boardshort made with Repreve uses about 5 plastic bottles, giving that resource a new, and we’d like to think, better life!

Sustainability in T-Shirts

Our t-shirt line is one of our biggest programs, so it’s important that we address sustainability here. The two t-shirt fits (in the Mens range) that make up most of the program are the Basic Fit and the Modern Fit. Both have significant sustainability features.

In North America our Basic Fit tees are made with conventionally grown US & Mexico cotton that is spun into yarns in Mexico. The fabric is knit in California and is then dyed at bluesign™ system partner, Swisstex California in Los Angeles. Swisstex is one of the premier and most sustainable dye houses in the industry, and having their facility bluesign™ certified equals the elimination of harmful substances from the beginning of the manufacturing process and ensures that there are controls and standards for a more environmentally friendly and safe production. The tees are then sewn in Mexico and shipped to our warehouse in California.

Our Modern Fit Tees are made of cotton, organically grown in India. Organic cotton is the gold standard in sustainability when it comes to cotton used in apparel and we’re happy to see this line becoming more and more in demand.

bluesign® Approved Fabrics

In line with our parent company’s sustainability target of “Ensuring all hazardous chemicals have been phased out and eliminated from our production by 2020” we continue to offer more and more bluesign® approved fabrics in our line – especially the Snow line. The bluesign® system is the solution for a sustainable textile production. It eliminates harmful substances right from the beginning of the manufacturing process and sets and controls standards for an environmentally friendly and safe production.

Reduce, Reuse, ReVolcom

What started as a way for us to put the vinyl banners from our surf events to new use, allowing them a new life rather than ending up in the landfill, has become a bit of a small movement. The Reduce, Reuse, ReVolcom concept is about taking Volcom items that have had a prior life and putting them to new use: ReVolcom-izing them. In North America we offered a collection of items including boardbags, totes, and iPad cases made from Volcom Pipe Pro banners during a fundraising drive for Surfrider Foundation and in Japan the team put old fabric scraps to use by making Stone throw pillows for their retail accounts.


Our Operations:

 

Renewable Energy

We know that GHG emissions are a serious issue and as we work towards reducing them across our global operations we are excited to take a step forward in our commitment to renewable energy with the Volcom Pipe Houses at the world famous Banzai Pipeline on the North Shore of O’ahu running on solar energy, thanks to our solar partner Rising Sun Solar. You too, can become sponsored by the sun!

DBSE-2015

Volcom Events

Running events is quite the undertaking and there’s no shortage of areas to focus on when it comes to environmental impacts. Our biggest event each year is the Volcom Pipe Pro and since 2012 it has been deemed a Deep Blue Surf Event™ (DBSE) by the non-profit organization Sustainable Surf whose mission is to be the catalyst that transforms surf culture into a powerful force for protecting the ocean playground.

Volcom holds the distinct honor for receiving the first, official Deep Blue Surf Event certification back in 2012 at the Volcom Fiji Pro. Since then the Volcom Pipe Pro continues its roll while the TCT Champs came on board this year as well. See our DBSE Reports at: http://sustainablesurf.org/contests/

Sustainability at our HQ

From our supply chain to our HQ we are doing everything we can to reduce our environmental impact. It all adds up and if you were to tour our main campuses here is what you will find:

  • Waste: On Site Recycling – A Single-Stream recycling program in partnership with Waste Management has recycle bins throughout, while bigger scale cardboard balers handle all the boxes that are ready for recycling at HQ and at the N. America Distribution Center. You’ll find a Waste to Waves collection box on site as well, to ensure that Styrofoam is going back into surfboards, and not into the landfill.
  • Energy: LEDs and CFL mix is featured at our global HQ building with light sensors all throughout. Additionally, our retail team is committed to not building a new store without at least a +50 % LED mix in them.
  • Water: Our global HQ is outfitted with low-flow water fixtures in all bathrooms and landscaping is low-water, drip system irrigated.
  • Bike Share Program: Four bikes on site at Volcom HQ to encourage a ride to lunch, with new bike racks being installed in 2016!
  • Sustainable By Design Monthly Contest: We encourage employees by offering monthly rewards for sustainability efforts at the office, or at home! A winner each month.

Noticias + vídeos

Snow
Snowboarding Baldface with our Guide Proven Technology Outerwear
If there is one trip that you want to be on during the winter, it's the Baldface trip. Every year revolving members of our Volcom Snow program make a pilgrimage up the interior British Columbia highway to one of Canada’s favorite powder country getaways near Nelson, BC to the one and only Baldface Lodge. Baldface is a cat-boarding operation nestled high in the Kootney Mountains known for its endless perfect snowboard terrain and bottomless pow. Ryan Immegart pow slash. Photo: Ryan Boyes From high open alpine faces to pillow stacks and dense tree runs, the snow conditions and backcountry terrain all in a day’s riding at Baldface will push any rider’s skill level to the limit. The long hours of rigorous snow safety work and avalanche control the guides go through day-in and day-out to keep everyone safe make it the perfect place to test our outerwear. That is why we have partnered with Baldface and their expert guiding staff to make the Lodge ground zero and home base for our Guide Proven Technology (GPT) Volcom Outerwear line. Designed to work under the most critical conditions, you can trust our GPT series to take you in the right direction of weather protection and optimal mobility for all day riding: GUIDE GORE-TEX® JACKET The Guide GORE-TEX® Jacket is guaranteed to keep you dry thanks to the waterproof 3-Layer Shell fabric plus fully taped seams and YKK® AquaGuard® water repellent zippers. The soft flannel backing is designed to keep you warm, along with our Face Tech and Zip Tech® jacket to pant interface. Available in two colorways GUIDE GORE-TEX® PANT Built for durability in a range of weather conditions, the Guide GORE-TEX® Pant pairs perfectly with our Guide GORE-TEX® jacket. This versatile style has an articulated fit and comes with the GORE-TEX® dryness guarantee. Plus, we've packed in other backcountry specific details like Recco® Advanced Rescue Technology, Zip Tech® pant to jacket interface to keep the pow out of your pants, and an avalanche beacon specific front pocket. Available in three colorways This year's trip to Baldface was nothing short of amazing. There was plenty of snow and the conditions were flawless. Some of the best days of snowboarding for some of the crew, which included: Pat Moore, Bryan Iguchi, Jamie Lynn, Arthur Longo, Torgeir Bergrem, Ryan Immegart, Richard Woolcott, Ryan Boyes and Patrick Field. Thank you, Baldface. Until next year! The crew! Baldface Pow pow High fives all day Loading up the snow cat Optimal conditions
Snow
Volcom Welcomes Hailey Langland to Global Snow Team
Hailey Langland has been making a name for herself since she started snowboarding at age five. She exists in changing time zones, her passport stamped with groomer laps, take-offs and landings. She's got a front three that floats for days and radiates a style that's beyond her years. She grew up paddling into waves and pushing down streets in beachside San Clemente, CA. She first made turns at Bear Mountain and now calls Mammoth’s Main Park home, both proving grounds for sovereign snowboarders. She's fluid and explosive. She has a method that turns heads. It's the kind of kick-out that can't be learned. It's built-in from birth, harkening the past that's built for the future. We can't be more excited to welcome Hailey to the Volcom Family. She brings an impressive past, a promising future, and an unmatched personality which radiates passion and perseverance. While she joins us now, she has always been destined to the Stone. It was only a matter of time for the stars to align, and that time is now. Hailey Langland. Photo: Mike Pham // @phamuel "I'm psyched to be joining the Volcom Family! It's a dream come true to be part of a family that's much bigger than just snowboarding. I can't wait to see where this journey takes me." Hailey’s collection of heavy medals is already plush, though she’s truly just getting started. She landed a first-ever cab double ten in the 2017 X Games and earned her first Aspen gold. See? Just getting started. She’s logged time on podiums around the world. Slopestyle? Check. Big Air? Check. Three years in a row, she’s won the Drink Water Rat Race—a banked slalom where just getting to the bottom is a victory. And Hailey’s been the fastest. Three times. She’s the future of women’s slopestyle, yet her ease and authority with which she puts down tricks stretches far beyond contest boundaries. She’s the future of women’s snowboarding. Scratch that. She’s the future of snowboarding. Hailey wearing the Taylor Jacket (available in 3 colorways). Photo: Vernon Deck // @vernondeck Hailey's energy and style are pure Volcom. I’m super hyped on what she brings to the program. She's got full approval from the team. It's on!!!" -Remy Stratton, SVP Global Skate & Snow Hailey is serious about style and truly loves to ride. It's visible in every turn she makes, every slash, and every air she attempts. It's not fabricated. It's natural. Established at a very young age. At only seventeen, she's both a beacon to snowboarding's roots and a flare to the future, lighting up what's possible when talent, grit, and creativity are fused together. She says, "I cannot stress it enough how much style matters. We're all becoming robots out there, it's driving me freakin' nuts." Hailey on a recent trip in Saas'Fee, a resort village in the Swiss Alps. She has been True To This since she first stood sideways, but now, with the nourishment of the Stone, she can further feed her freedom of expression, and we are so stoked to welcome her to the family.
Skate
Skate and fashion: introducing Leila Afghan's photoshoot in London with skatebaorder @queeen_eevee
Leila once again captures the Volcom vibe in the streets of one of the most influencial capitals, London. @queeen_eve highlights some of our winter jackets and iconic Ozzie Wright's printed t shirts in her own style Check out her interview: Your favourite spot to skate? SouthBank - There's always something different going on Where was the first place you skated? Mile End Skate park. I remember passing the skate park and bare wanted to skate so my dad got me one of them Argos decks and I went with him and taught myself. Where is the last place you skated? Bay 66. But I didnt really skate it because on the way I tried bombing some fat steep hill and ate the most shit, that's the same day  broke my leg. How many bones have you broken? I broke like 3 bones in my leg but I cant remember which ones. Tell us about your injury... I dont remember how I broke them because I was drunk. I ended up going to a friends house and sleeping it off but in the morning it was soooo swollen. I couldnt move it so was time for hospital. Best thing about skating... You can have fun without having to pay for anything Worst thing about skating... There's nothing really bad about skating except when guards try and stop you from skating a spot and when it rains.  
Product
LONDON PHOTOGRAPHER LEILA AFGHAN IN NYC WITH SKATE GIRLS BRIANA AND YASMEEN
We were fortunate enough to sit with the 3 coolest chicks we know and ask them about everything skate. If you don’t know them already, you will. London based photographer (@leilaafghan), New York skater and model Briana King (@brianaking_) and Brooklyn babe Yasmeen Wilkerson (@yaz.so.mean) strutted their stuff in front of the camera and gave us some insight into their world. Leila, what's your favorite type of photography style and atmosphere to shoot? LEILA: I like weird and surreal - I shoot digital and film, but prefer the dreamy effect with film. When did you start taking skate pics and what took you there? LEILA: I started in fashion styling and photography, but am now progressing and combining documentary style, hence, taking pictures of me and my friends. Where is your favorite spot to shoot skate? LEILA: New York. Favorite spot to skate? YASMEEN: My favorite spot to skate is something new I've been fucking with called Delancey spot or BOCA LES spot. Its a walkway near the Willy B Bridge in Manhattan with a cement block, benches, curbs and other diy stuff. BRIANA: Coleman skate park. Where is the first place you skated? YASMEEN: The first place I skated was an empty parking lot by my house. I was too intimidated to skate in the open as I do now, and I barely knew how to push so I would take my board out there and try to ollie and get comfortable. BRIANA: Out front of the apartment. Where was the last place you skated? YASMEEN: LES skate park is the last place I skated. BRIANA: Blue Park Brooklyn. How many bones have you broken? BRIANA: 1 ankle. I attempted to ollie over 4 decks in front of a four stair, rolled my ankle, broke it, and couldn't trick or treat that night with my newly broken ankle. YASMEEN: My wrist (Smith fracture). Best thing about skating? YASMEEN: Best thing about skating is everything about it. The little lessons it gives you in humility, confidence, and persistence. Skateboarding taught me that strength isn't always physical. BRIANA: The homies! If I didn't skateboard I would be a lonely bub in NYC. And the worst thing about skating? BRIANA: There is no worst thing. YASMEEN: The fuck boys. ALL PHOTOS BY LEILA AFGHAN
Music
Burger Records' Sean & Lee on believing in yourself enough to put ThisFirst
Burger Records’ founders Lee Rikard and Sean Bohrman take us back to the early days of the label through the trials and tribulations that have made them one of the fastest growing labels in the world. It may not be easy to build your own dream world, but it definitely beats working at a job that makes you miserable. Be inspired to believe in yourself. Be sure to check out the Volcom X Burger Records collection!
Events
The Volcom Graw Cut is over
  We lent a Graw Jump ramp to ABS Lyon and to BUD Rouen for a whole month. People could take it from the shop, go for a session in town, film their best tricks, make a little Insta clip and get a chance to win one year of free Volcom Chinos ! Christian Vankelst, Volcom skate EU team manager and Paolo from Graw Jump were the juries and they were looking for the most creative clip out there. Congratulations to Enzo from ABS Lyon & to Romain from BUD Rouen ! ENZO > Check out the video here < ROMAIN > Check out the video here < If you want to see more check #VolcomBudRouen or #VolcomABSLyon on Instagram. Curious about the ramps ? Check http://www.grawjumpramps.com/ Cheers!