In a move to help speed up the progress of sustainability in and through golf, leading golf apparel brand Galvin Green has agreed to become an Innovation Partner of the GEO Foundation for Sustainable Golf. The agreement comes just ahead of GEO Foundation’s virtual event during the UN Climate Change COP26 Summit in Glasgow later this month.
The Swedish brand - with around 70% of garments in its latest range produced using Bluesign® or Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 approved fabric and suppliers - will join the growing sustainable golf community in driving innovation and shaping the game’s response to the challenges of climate change around the world.
Earlier this year, Galvin Green won the prestigious global Sports Technology Award for Sustainability for its INSULA™ sweaters made in fabric recycled from plastic bottles. It also produced a report for its retail partners on its progress towards producing garments sourced entirely from Bluesign® approved fabric or certified by Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 to cover thread and buttons as well as material. Labels and packaging for its award-winning GameDay collection also come in eco-friendly formats.
“The values and ambitions of GEO Foundation and the Sustainable Golf agenda are music to our ears and so we are very happy to work alongside the organisation as an Innovation Partner,” said Galvin Green CEO Nicholai Stein. “In collaboration with our suppliers, we’ve been working on our sustainability credentials for almost a decade and look to take responsibility with our long-lasting garments. This partnership will only increase our resolve to deliver more eco-friendly products with high-performance benefits in the years ahead,” he added.
“We are delighted to welcome such a respected golf brand as Galvin Green in becoming an Innovation Partner,” said GEO Foundation Executive Director Jonathan Smith. “Over a number of years Galvin Green has shown great leadership in the golf apparel sector with a series of important sustainable product innovations. We are very grateful for their support, which will help further promote and develop purpose-built tools and programmes for sustainable golf and are excited at the prospect of working to explore technical advancements and convey the benefits of sustainability to consumers.”
As well as featuring at the event in Glasgow on 11 November, the partnership is set to see joint activation around relevant dates such as World Environment Day and Earth Day, as well as initiatives alongside other sustainable golf partners and programme participants.