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.

Recent News + Video

Events
HELLFEST
Last week we loaded up the van and headed to Clisson, France for the tenth edition of the Hellfest festival. Axel Cruysberghs, Dustin Dollin, Harry Lintell and Victor Pellegrin jumped in; we checked set times and put the pedal to the metal to make sure we could not only get our shred on the ramp setup but also enjoy shows from the likes of Black Sabbath, Melvins, Napalm Death, King Diamond, Sunn O))) and of course our friends from Gojira, The Shrine and Kveletrak. Heres a little clip of some of what went down. Roll on Hellfest 2017! Here we go! Axel Cruysberghs - Frontside Flip Insane Clown. No Possee Axel Cruysberghs and Victor Pellegrin. Bros. Another of the many party crews Abbath Harry Lintell. Frontside Air for Lemmy Dangerous Dave and our team manager Christian Vankelst. Belgium forever Dustin Dollin, Kevin Parrott and one of the many Code Blue The mainstage complete with a zipline Each to their own Jesus Saves Ozzy during the Black Sabbath show Kevin Parrott Axel and Peter Molec Victor Pellegrin - Wallride
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FINALS DAY Recap! 2016 TCT Global Champs!
Well, folks, the 2016 TCT Global Champs is complete and champions were crowned! It was another beautiful day at Lower Trestles with amazing surf and conditions. There were huge upsets, spectacular surfing, and tons of smiles scattering the beach as the 20 & Under groms were frothing, not only for a piece of the $30,000 prize purse, but for the ultimate chance to become a TCT Global Champ! 2016 TCT Global Champs Winners PRO-AM: Griffin Colapinto JUNIORS: Samuel Pupo GROMS: Kade Matson SQUIDS: Kai Martin GIRLS: Brissa Hennessy Click here for full Finals Day results! Finals Day photo album: Volcom's New Future program is our long-term journey of turning sustainability commitments into actions. And this year at the 2016 TCT Global Champs we wanted to implement those actions through our exclusive True To Trestles tee. When you purchase our True To Trestles tee, 100% of the proceeds go to the San Onofre Parks Foundation who is providing education, protection & preservation for the California State Parks at San Onofre and San Clemente State beaches! Help protect our environment while feeling good about supporting this amazing cause by purchasing the True To Trestles tee HERE   Check out full day highlights from the 2016 TCT Global Champs below! Day 3 Highlights:   Day 2 Highlights:   Day 1 Highlights:   3 Perfect 10s     Volcom is helping to protect and conserve our coastlines through various initiatives and we have a deep focus in sustainability with our products, production and environment. Learn more about some of these efforts that took place at this year's TCT Global Champs below! True To Trestles   San Onofre Parks Foundation   Repreve - Turning Plastic Bottles Into Cool Stuff   Mike Hill of AoSA   Thank you to California State Parks for making all this possible, and all of our amazing sponsors for the support: Banzai Bowls, OAM, Wienerschnitzel, New Era, Electric, Surfing Magazine, Watermans Sunscreen, Matunas Surf Wax, Futures, Speaqua, Maxx Digital
Events
Day 3 Recap - 2016 TCT Global Champs!
Day 3 at the 2016 TCT Global Champs is a wrap! Today started w/ glassy conditions and a great swell to kick off Groms, Juniors, and Pro-ams round 2 heats, and finished with quarterfinal heats of Groms and Juniors. Three perfect 10 point rides were awarded, and many competitors put together excellent heat totals to advance into the final day of competition. Tomorrow is FINALS DAY!! 7:45am PT webcast start at tct.volcom.com - Don't miss our last action-packed day as we broadcast to you live from the world famous Lower Trestles, CA to witness the world's best 20 & Under surfers battle it out for the $30,000 prize purse! Click here for Day 3 results! Day 3 photo album: Day 1 Highlights: Day 2 Highlights: Check out our exclusive True To Trestles tee whose proceeds go to the San Onofre Parks Foundation who is providing education, protection & preservation for the California State Parks at San Onofre and San Clemente State Beaches.  Thank you to all our great sponsors! Banzai Bowls, OAM, Wienerschnitzel, New Era, Electric, Surfing Magazine, Watermans Sunscreen, Matunas Surf Wax, Futures, Speaqua, California State Parks, Maxx Digital
Music
Stream the Holy Stokes! a Real Life Happening Soundtrack
By now you've probably seen Holy Stokes! a Real Life Happening (if not you can download it here) or at least parts of it over at Thrasher Magazine. If you've been wondering about the soundtrack you can stream it here! Intro Montage DANAVA - EYES IN DISGUISE iTunes Louie Lopez 1st Song THE BLACK HIPPIES - DOING IT IN THE STREETS iTunes Louie Lopez 2nd Song PLASMODIUM - SPACE EYE iTunes Chris Pfanner & Kyle Walker shared part SHIRLEY NANETTE - ALL OF YOUR LIFE iTunes Pooltown Section EARLYMAN - YOU FANCY ME MAD iTunes Table Section LA TAKEDOWN - BAD NIGHT AT BLACK'S BEACH iTunes Sheckler, Midler and Gonzalez shared part NUMB.ER - FEAR Bandcamp Alec Majerus part MONDO DRAG - PLUMAJILLA iTunes South America Section GUADALUPE PLATA - LORENA iTunes Milton Martinez Part SERPENT THRONE - VEIL OF THE BLACK WITCH iTunes Trahan, Busenitz, Caswell and Raemers shared part LUMERIANS - TAZAWULA iTunes Dustin Slam Section SIR RICHARD BISHOP - CANNED GOODS AND FIREARMS iTunes Axel Cruysberghs and Jackson Pilz shared part BILLY CHANGER - BAND OF BROTHERS iTunes Dane Burman part PONTIAK - GHOSTS iTunes Australia Section JACK LADDER - COME ON BACK THIS WAY iTunes Daan van der Linden part JACKIE MITTOO - SOUL BIRD iTunes New Zealand Section SPIRAL SHADES - WIZARDRY iTunes Grant Taylor and Collin Provost part KING DIAMOND - THE CANDLE iTunes Credits JOSEFUS - HARD LUCK iTunes All instrumental interlude music is by, director Russell Houghten's brother, Richard Houghten, support his music on iTunes as well!
Events
TCT History, "Lower Trestles" (Part 4) - Volcom Surf
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Day 2 Recap - 2016 TCT Global Champs!
Day 2 at the 2016 TCT Global Champs is a wrap! Pro-am round 1, Juniors round 1, and Girls quarterfinal heats all finished today under sunny skies and great surf! Tomorrow kicks off our live webcast! Be sure to tune-in at 8am at tct.volcom.com for all the action live from Lower Trestles, CA! Click here for Day 2 results Day 2 photo album: Check out our exclusive True To Trestles tee whose proceeds go to the San Onofre Parks Foundation who is providing education, protection & preservation for the California State Parks at San Onofre and San Clemente State Beaches.  Thank you to all our great sponsors! Banzai Bowls, OAM, Wienerschnitzel, New Era, Electric, Surfing Magazine, Watermans Sunscreen, Matunas Surf Wax, Futures, Speaqua, California State Parks, Maxx Digital