Lantinga Vita was founded by Nina Lantinga. Nina was born in Victoria BC, raised in Toronto ON, and now living in Montreal QC, her designs reflect the many facets of life in Canada.
Rooted in Nature
Sports and healthy living have always been an integral part of Nina’s life. Already at age 6, she was an ardent athlete training competitively. From childhood memories by the ocean, to camping trips in Algonquin Park and summers in Charlevoix, Quebec, exploring the great outdoors became second nature. A deep respect for the natural world was formed as she witnessed the devastating impact humans can have on our complex ecosystem. Committed to advancing the health of our planet and its’ people, Lantinga Vita was born.
Doing Business Right
A firm believer in striving for sustainability and social responsibility, Nina constantly seeks out ways to incorporate fairer business methods which give back to the planet and its people. From day one, it was essential that the people making our products have good working conditions and fair wages. Seeking transparency was a challenge in an industry which is constantly lowering costs at the expense of people and the planet. Today, Lantinga Vita is proud to make products by meeting the highest standards of social and environmental impact within Canada and abroad.
Lantinga Vita is a Certified B Corporation®, part of a global movement of people using business as a force for good™. Certified B Corps lead by example to create a shared and durable prosperity for all of society by meeting the highest standards of overall social and environmental performance, transparency, and accountability. There are over 2,500 Certified B Corps in over 120 industries and 50 countries around the world all with one unifying goal – to redefine success in business.
Redefining the standard has been part of Lantinga Vita’s core from day one. The idea that started it all was to develop a multifunctional carrying solution to fulfill the needs of an active lifestyle.
As a Certified B Corporation®, Lantinga Vita is legally required to consider the environmental and social impacts of its business activities even ahead of profit. Because our environmental footprint and creating a bright future for those who craft and use our products matters to us, these obligations are integrated in our Articles of Incorporation. This ensures that our driving value to use business as a force for good will never be undercut.
Here’s a look at some of the ways in which we aspire to B the Change™ we seek in the world:
We ensure our suppliers minimize their water consumption and use of harmful chemicals, use renewable energy whenever possible, and pay their workers a living wage.
We donate 2% of our products to raise funds for charitable organizations.
We volunteer with organizations that foster creativity and innovation in business as well as with organizations that support access to sports and leisure for children with disabilities.
We promote diversity in all aspects of our business from selecting our suppliers and banking services to our hiring policies.
We work with local businesses at every opportunity be it when building new partnerships or using services such as photography, graphic design, or printing.
We minimize our environmental footprints as individuals by using public transportation and biking whenever possible.
A Commitment to Healthy Seas
The time has come for innovative solutions that turn old into new, as we design our path to a sustainable future. Reflecting these changing times, Lantinga Vita launches a sustainable apparel line using ECONYL®, a unique new regenerated nylon, in partnership with the Healthy Seas initiative.
The revolutionary yarn is made from waste such as fishing nets from the oceans and aquaculture, fabric scraps from mills and carpets destined for landfill. For every 10,000 tonnes of ECONYL® raw material, we are able to save 70,000 barrels of crude oil and avoid 57,100 tonnes of CO2 emissions. This reduces our impact on climate change by 80%. It’s infinitely recyclable and can unleash infinite possibilities.
The ghost fishing gear used to make the yarn is removed from our oceans through diving activities and sea clean ups, lead by the Healthy Seas initiative. In 2013 the ‘Healthy Seas, a Journey from Waste to Wear’ initiative was established with the aim to remove waste, in particular fishing nets, from the seas for the purpose of creating healthier seas and recycling marine litter into textile products. From 2013 to 2018, 453 tons of fishing nets were collected. That’s the equivalent to the weight of 3 blue whales.
Healthy Seas applies a two-way approach in order to achieve its mission. Namely, recovering ghost fishing nets from our seas and preventing that waste fishing nets will end up in marine ecosystems or in landfill. Healthy Seas provides a solution as we create a circular economy while highlighting that “waste is too valuable to be wasted”.
Supporting the Healthy Seas initiative allows us to align our values with actions that protect marine biodiversity, while removing harmful waste from our oceans. Together, we can provide solutions that have a positive impact on climate change as we continue to build a sustainable future for all.