FOND OF: Climate protection in the bag

High-quality, practical and responsibly manufactured rucksacks and bags – this is FOND OF. The Cologne-based company was founded in 2010 and now operates eight own brands under the “FOND OF” umbrella brand – including the ergobag ergonomic school bag, Affenzahn pre-school bags and the lifestyle brand pinqponq. The bag and rucksack producer is growing quickly and always keeps its environmental and social responsibility in mind.

At FOND OF, sustainability begins as early as the product design stage: the company uses recycled PET bottles for the production of its high-quality bags and rucksacks. By mid-2017, this had already saved about 1.1 million litres of oil and over 210,000 cubic metres of water – thus reducing CO2 emissions by over 4,500 tonnes. The products are manufactured in Asia following clear stipulations for social and environmental criteria which are defined in a comprehensive Code of Conduct. The company is a member of the Fair Wear Foundation, which advocates better working conditions in the clothing and textile sector. FOND OF plans to secure top marks from the Fair Wear Foundation and to hold “leader status” by the end of 2018.

Climate protection objective:

  • 5 per cent reduction in CO2 emission per year for the entire supply chain

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Climate protection aspects can already be taken into account during the design process.

The whole supply chain firmly in view

To maintain its environmental standards, FOND OF works in line with the bluesign system. The aim of bluesign is to minimise the environmental impact of the entire production process. For this purpose, not only the end product itself, but all raw materials and chemicals used in the production process and their CO2 emissions are considered. By the end of 2019, FOND OF would like to offer the first two bluesign-certified products and source 100 per cent of its fabrics and 50 per cent of its components from bluesign partners and thus from suppliers who work to reduce their emissions into air and water on an ongoing basis. In addition, the industry-standard PFC with its water-repellent property is to be replaced by a more environmentally friendly substance by 2019. The goods are generally transported not by plane, but by ship, which is a more climate-friendly alternative.

Climate protection on-site

The company's head office in Cologne has been using green electricity since 2016 and power consumption per employee has already been reduced by one third. Packages are sent to end-customers using carbon-neutral ways of delivery. As a climate-friendly mobility option, FOND OF offers employees company bikes on loan.

Engagement recognised

The sustainable company philosophy pays dividends: FOND OF won the German Sustainability Award as Germany’s most sustainable SME in 2016 and the German CSR Award in the supply chain category in 2017. As CSR ambassador of NRW's Ministry of Economic Affairs, FOND OF contributes to presenting sustainable and environmentally-sound corporate governance successfully.


Companies play a key role in the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions. In selecting our fabrics and components, we strive to systematically reduce the climate impacts of our production. This is not an easy path, but it is one which absolutely has to be walked.

Julian Conrads, FOND OF Corporate Responsibility