Mizuno is a Japanese fashion retailer founded in 1906 in Osaka, Japan, by Rihachi Mizuno and Rizo Mizuno. The multinational clothing-retail company creates sportswear and equipment for women and men.

Mizuno makes clothing, accessories, shoes, and gear for various functional sports, such as Running, Handball, Volleyball, Football, Golf, and many more.

Mizuno aims to contribute to society through the advancement of sporting goods and the promotion of sports. It also strives to deliver the best product quality.

Mizuno is committed to achieving a sustainable society. It contributes to the conservation of the global environment so people can live with peace of mind and play lively sports.

Mizuno is a fashion brand and clothing retailer based in Chiyoda City, Tokyo, Japan. It makes apparel, footwear, and accessories and offers a collection of basics, activewear, underwear, loungewear, outerwear, bags, and accessories.

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Sustainability Rating: 2/10

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Category: Clothing, accessories, shoes, bags

For: Women, men

Type: Basics, activewear, underwear, loungewear, outerwear, sneakers, slides

Style: Casual

Quality: Low

Prices: $

Sizes: XS-XL, 2-12 (US), 4-14 (UK), 34-42 (EU), 4-14 (AU)

Fabrics: Cotton, lyocell, acetate, polyester, nylon, spandex, polyethylene, polypropylene, acrylic, neoprene, polyurethane, rubber, leather, wool, down

100% Organic: No

100% Vegan: No

Ethical & Fair: No

Recycling: Yes

Producing countries: Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Myanmar, The Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, Vietnam

Certifications: no certification

Sustainability Practices

Mizuno only uses a tiny proportion of organic materials such as organic cotton or recycled materials such as recycled polyester, and regenerated nylon.

Most of the fabrics it uses are either natural without relevant certifications, such as regular cotton, or synthetic petroleum-based fibers such as polyester, nylon, acrylic, and more.

Mizuno also uses a small proportion of semi-synthetic fibers or regenerated cellulosic fabrics such as Tencel lyocell and acetate.

Tencel is an eco-friendly fiber made with wood pulp from certified sustainable forests. But only a tiny proportion of the materials used by Mizuno are environmentally friendly and sustainable.

Mizuno doesn't publish a list of all its manufacturers and processing facilities on its corporate website. It doesn't disclose how it chooses its network of suppliers.

The 2022 Fashion Transparency Index gave Mizuno a score of only 20% based on how much the group discloses about its social and environmental policies, practices, and impacts.

Mizuno manufactures its clothes in many East Asian countries, where human rights and labor law violations happen every day.

The Japanese clothing retailer doesn't show any labor certification standard that would ensure good working conditions, decent living wages, health, safety, and other crucial rights for workers in its supply chain.

Mizuno has a code of conduct that applies to all its suppliers and subcontractors based on the regulations set by the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Mizuno assesses compliance with its Code of Conduct by informal visits or CSR audits conducted by multiple auditors over one to several days. But only a small number of its factories were audited.

Mizuno doesn't use exotic animal skin, hair, fur, or angora. But it uses leather, wool, and down feathers to manufacture many of its clothing pieces.

These animal-derived materials are cruel and unethical. They also harm the environment by producing greenhouse gases and waste. More sustainable alternatives exist.

Sustainability Goals

Mizuno is on a mission to leave a more sustainable world behind for future generations. It has committed to taking steps toward achieving its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

Mizuno plans to reduce its CO2 emissions by 30% in Scope 1 and 2 and 50% in scope 3 per product by 2030 compared to 2018 to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

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