In a world where every choice we make leaves an indelible mark on the environment, the need for conscientious decision-making has never been more crucial. On this page, you'll delve into Vinga's carbon footprint initiative, Life Cycle Assessments and our support to the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation.

Carbon footprint

At Vinga, addressing our carbon footprint is a top priority. We’ve tracked our company’s impact since 2019 and, as of 2023, have been fully transparent about the CO2 emissions. Every product on our website clearly shows its carbon footprint*. This footprint is calculated through a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). This footprint was our first step to offering our customers a choice of selecting products with a lower impact.
*Not all items on our gift cards display this.


A Life Cycle Assessment (or LCA) is the calculation of the impact of a product during its lifetime. This method is most commonly used for CO2 footprint calculations. A product’s life consists of several life cycle phases such as raw materials; production; packaging; transport; usage; and end-of-life/disposal.


For all these phases, electricity and/or fuel are used in one way or another, causing CO2 emissions. Think of machines delving raw materials; factories using electricity for manufacturing machinery; ships using fuel to transport items; electricity used by consumers to make the product work; and emissions generated in the recycling or incinerating plants for disposed products. Together, the amount of CO2 that is generated in the production, shipping, use, and recycling of a product is its CO2 footprint.

All Vinga-products have their own footprint. The size of this footprint depends on:

- The materials it was made of and if the material is recycled

- The mode of transportation used

- The type of packaging

- Does usage require electricity

- The expected length of usage of the product


Scope is very important when working with LCAs, especially when comparing LCA data between products (or even companies). A scope refers to the boundaries you can set within the complete product life cycle. The most common examples are:

- Cradle-to-gate: from raw materials to the gate of the factory.

- Cradle-to-grave: from raw materials to the disposal of the product by incinerating or landfill.

- Cradle-to-cradle: from raw materials to the recycling of a product, returning it to a base material which can be the ‘raw material’ of a new item.

We want to offer as accurate as possible a scope for our LCA given the information and tools at our disposal. Vingas’ LCA is cradle-to-grave; this compares to cradle-to-cradle, which assumes the recycling of the product after usage. Our choice of scope as cradle-to-grave is because, even though we know the recyclable nature of our materials, we cannot guarantee that recycling is offered for our product or that the country where it is disposed of has sufficient recycling options. A material can be very well recyclable but if a country does not offer this service it will be disposed of without recycling.

We use a licensed calculation tool developed in collaboration with EcoAct. The methodology of the LCA is based on ISO14067 and is verified by Bureau Veritas, an independent third party auditing and certification agency. Using a licensed tool also means that any adjustments around data or method of calculation must be done in coordination with EcoAct.


Visualising product CO2 footprints

A product’s CO2 footprint can seem like an abstract figure. A powerbank with a footprint of 2.27kg CO2eq (CO2 equivalent) or a weekend bag with a footprint of 5.69kg CO2eq; what does that mean in concrete terms? We have noted some comparisons here to help you in your decision-making process – not meant for formal reporting, however. These are estimates and all figures are rounded.

To learn more about the source of this information and Greenhouse Gas emissions (GHG) in general, visit

Increasing number of products with traceability certification

Certification and the accompanying claims are a great way to encourage conscious purchasing. These certifications represent better, more responsible socio-environmental conditions in supply chains. They’re our compass to genuine positive shifts, something close to our hearts. Let’s dive in!

Increasing demand for responsible materials
The purchasing of certified goods – by consumers or businesses – increases the demand for the responsible materials compared to their conventional alternatives. This way, more funds are channeled towards responsible supply chains processing lower-impact materials, rather than supply chain with less or no consideration for ESG topics such as responsible sourcing, chemical usage, or human rights.

Socio-environmental conditions in the supply chain
Although our ESG certifications focus on materials, GRS and FSC® have additional requirements related to working conditions. GRS-certified organisations are also audited on social and environmental processing requirements and chemical restrictions exist. FSC® requires all certified organisations to uphold the FSC® Core Labour Requirements which are based on the principles of the International Labour organisation core conventions.

Note that (1) producers are often certified according to multiple standards and (2) Vinga runs a dedicated track for social audit compliance among our suppliers (BSCI, Smeta, SA8000). This way producers with an RCS certification, for example, are also addressing social topics, even when this is not required under that standard.

Traceability and accountability
At Vinga, we place a premium on transparency. We firmly believe that it’s instrumental in fostering genuine engagement with our customers on ESG matters. This ethos not only propels us toward our strategic objectives but also underscores our commitment to accountability. In the realm of certifications, traceability is paramount, signaling clear transparency throughout our supply chain. For each of our certified products, we have a comprehensive understanding of its entire supply chain journey.


Carbon ambitions

We attach great importance to our ambition to lower our carbon emissions in our value chain. This involves our suppliers as well as our customers. We will start close to home, looking to reduce emissions in our own operations (Scope 1 and 2, according to the GHG Protocol). For Scope 1 and 2 we aim to be in align with the Science Based Targets Initiative (SBTi), reducing our emissions by 40% compared to 2022. 

  • By 2030, we will reduce our Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 40% compared to baseline year 2022.
  • By 2030 we will achieve a climate-neutral business operation.
  • By 2050 we will achieve a net-zero business operation.

Scope 1
Direct emissions from owned or controlled sources, such as company vehicles and lease cars.

Scope 2
Indirect emissions from the generation of purchased electricity, heating and cooling, such as what is necessary to power our office and decorating facility.

Scope 3
All other indirect emissions that occur in a company’s value chain not already included in Scope 2. This includes the manufacturing of our items.



How will we achieve these ambitions, you ask?

Change in our product portfolio is a big part of reaching our target. The product development process is where we can make the most positive change. For example, using recycled material has a lower negative impact than virgin materials, while production in Europe lowers the transportation phase footprint. 

Our customers can play a significant role in the reduction of absolute emissions. By providing customers the CO2 footprints for all products – their life cycle assessment (LCA) – we give them the opportunity to contribute to lowering our (collective) CO2 footprint. 

We have set the following targets at holding level to lower the impact of our products:


The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation

We at Vinga are proud supporters of the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation - Sweden's largest and most influential environmental organization. We support the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation because we believe in their vison of a sustainable future on a healthy and living planet.

The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation works to create engagement and knowledge about nature, the environment, health, and advocates for the protection and care of our nature. By supporting their work, we become part of the solution to one of our time's greatest challenges - preserving our planet for future generations.