We believe we can make a difference #WeCare
"At Mondaine, we believe that Sustainability is a matter of respect towards our planet, our customers, our partners and the generations to come. For decades, we have consistently maintained a responsible use of resources, looked for eco-friendly solutions and alternative materials. With our successful track record, we continuously reduce our ecological footprint, step by step. We would like other watch companies to follow our example to support the next generations.
The best thing you can do for the planet is not buying a watch. The second best is to buy a Mondaine."
André Bernheim, Co-owner and Chairman of the Board of Directors and Environmental Officer of the Group
How we drive change
The world's first CO2 neutral watch company
Mondaine Watch Ltd. is one of the first entirely carbon-neutral watch companies in the world.
The ecological balance sheet was calculated by a specialized consulting company and includes all watch components, their transport to our factory, our factory itself in Solothurn, the headquarters in Pfaffikon in Switzerland, business trips and, from 2021, the transport of the watches to our sales partners and direct customers.
The photovoltaic system on the factory roof, the use of hydroelectricity at our HQ, a reduction in the volume of packaging by 50% and the use of eco-friendlier materials have all had a positive impact on our carbon footprint.
We have blended Swiss watchmaking heritage and design with a forward thinking commitment to our planet’s future and created what is probably the most sustainable watch in the world. We use the newest technologies to produce this collection of timepieces with renewable raw materials, such as castor oil, wool or cork.
Moreover, for all watches we are using a significantly more environmentally friendly packaging and have thus been able to save over 50 percent packaging volume and weight which led to an equivalent reduction of CO2 emissions, while at the same time preserving its perceived value and security for the product.
Wonder tree oil– the watch case
This oil is cultivated from the seeds of the tropical “wonder tree” (ricinus communis). The castor plant is mainly grown by small farmers in the tropics and subtropics and helps strengthen the social sustainability of production. The oil is extracted from the seeds by a mechanical pressing process. The castor oil obtained is further processed in granulate form and processed as an organic plastic in the case of the essence watch.
Castor oil is increasingly becoming an important organic based raw material in the cosmetic and medical industry and is sustainable and eco-friendly.
Natural Cork and Recycled PET
The backside of the essence watchstraps is lined with natural cork. Cork is a 100% natural plant tissue, an amazing environmental product. The Oak tree is never tailed and needs 25 years for the first bark to be collected. That means each strap is unique and it would take 9 years to have two identical pieces of cork. It also maintains a cool temperature and will never make your wrist feel sweaty.
Moreover, the easily interchangeable bands consist of 50% wondertree oil or 100% recycled PET bottles.
Vegan eco-friendly straps
We believe plant-based materials are the way forward, so in an effort to further lower our carbon footprint we have substituted all the leather straps in our most iconic collection, Classic, with vegan grape leather. We partnered with VegeaTM – an Italian company specialized in turning waste from winemaking into a vegetal leather alternative.
As well as being animal friendly and free from solvents, no heavy metals or other harmful substances are part of the process of turning discarded grape skins, stalks and seed into beautiful plant-based leather, with a true upcycling result.
Marie Claire Award Winner
In 2021, the group will again be completely CO2 neutral on scope 1,2 and 3 of the Greenhouse Gas protocol - each brand, as well as the group as a whole.
The Marie Claire Sustainability Awards 2021 have recognized Mondaine’s achievements with our brand receiving a highly commended award for our Carbon Footprint Initiative and winning Best Sustainable Watch Collection with essence.
Our solar panels installation
Since September 2019, the Mondaine Group has been operating a photovoltaic system on the roof of its own factory in Biberist, Switzerland.The electricity generated from solar energy covers up to 80% of our total annual needs and the remaining amount of energy is covered by green energy provided through a hydroelectric power plant.Mondaine saves around 77 tons of CO2 emissions every year.
Moreover, we were the first watch company in the world to offer watch recycling: old watches (except for plastic watches from other brands) can be sent to our factory in Solothurn where they are dismantled and recycled, on its way of cradle-to-cradle, a closed, value-preserving material cycle.
Go for Impact
The importance of sustainable supply chains is increasing.
In a short video by Go for Impact, Mondaine Group co-owner André Bernheim explains the challenges faced by a Swiss small medium entreprise. The aim is not to find the perfect solution but how to go about it: improvements are achieved step by step. Ultimately these also produce economic benefits and help to secure supply chains.
We support impactful projects
At the start of the new decade, Mondaine launched a multi-year collaboration with the non-profit organization Fairventures with the purpose of off-setting our non-avoidable CO2emissions for the group and all its brands by supporting reforestation projects through the cooperation. The NGO is committed to reforesting the rainforest in a very socially responsible manner in endangered areas.
We have signed a long-term agreement with Fairventures Worldwide with the aim of financially supporting their work and thereby compensating the entire Mondaine Group's CO2emissions.