Most of our environmental impact comes from product manufacturing. We are making every effort to make the most efficient use of renewable or low impact materials and make 100% eco-designed products in 2030.
Recycled polyester contains recycled plastic fibers made from polyester waste such as plastic bottles (REPREVE®) or directly from recycled apparel. Recycled polyester reduces non-renewable resources consumption (petroleum), its manufacturing process requires less energy compared to virgin polyester and reduces waste as it uses it in its own fabrication.
Using recycled polyester reduces our carbon dioxide emissions by up to 32% compared to virgin polyester.
Recycled polyamide is a material that has been recycled from waste. The raw material source for recycled polyamide can be carpets, climbing ropes and old fishing nets. The result is a highly durable fabric (excellent wear resistance) without the use of non-renewable resources but with a positive impact on waste management.
1kg of recycled polyamide saves up to 25 litres of petroleum and 159 litres of water compared to virgin polyamide.
Recycled down is reclaimed from bedding products (cushions, quilt) by recycling facilities who collect down and feathers, cleans them and give them back the fill power that provides warmth and comfort.(Re-Down®)
Using recycled down avoids collecting feathers and contributes to reducing animal use.
Certified ethical-down is down and feathers that have been certified by a third-party organization (Responsible Down Standard®) certifying the welfare of the animal on all.
Using certified down feathers ensures that practices such as live plucking and force-feeding are not allowed, so that the down feathers and plumage plucked from animals cause no unnecessary harm.
Ethical wool is wool that comes from animals raised in ethical conditions and guarantees the well-being of animals throughout the supply chain.
This production method eliminates mulesing, a cruel practice used to sheer the sheep.
Organic cotton is without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals such as fertilizers or pesticides, and without GMOs. Producers use natural fertilizers and pesticides which does not negatively impact ecosystems, nor contributes to depleting the soil, or bring toxicity.
Organic cotton production uses 10 times less water in the farming crops process. (Textile Exchange).
Lyocell is a 100% eco-friendly synthetic cellulose fiber made from wood pulp (certified sustainable pine tree, eucalyptus, bamboo) and a non-toxic solvent that is 99,7% recovered after spinning. The fabrication process of Lyocell or (Tencel) requires a lower volume of water than cotton, for example. Lyocell is very much comparable to silk and has high wicking and strength properties.
Lyocell, which is completely biodegradable, allows to minimize the impact of textile microfibers release in the environment.
Natural rubber is an organic plant material made from the transformed latex sap of the Hevea tree. Natural rubber can have a positive impact. When grown under environmentally responsible conditions, it can avoid deforestation. We use it in some of our shoes’ sole.
Using natural rubber in footwear eliminates the use of petroleum for soles production.
To avoid synthetic rubber production involving hydrocarbons, we prioritize the use of recycled rubber for some parts of footwear soles production.
Recycled rubber reuses old tires, industrial rubber waste (shoe soles), or scrap tires.
Synthetic N-OIL rubber
Vibram N-OIL compound is another innovative solution by Vibram, designed to offer a green alternative in the footwear world. It is made with more than 90% natural ingredients while maintaining the trademark Vibram standard of quality, grip and performance. The unique and original colours of the soles come from 100% natural pigments, originating from plants and biological agricultural by-products.
N-OIL rubber avoids the use of solvents or hazardous chemical products.
Hemps grows like a weed because it does not need irrigation. It is highly resistant to insects and major plant diseases and grows very fast. Hemp will even regenerate the soils in grows in. Its high resistance properties make it ideal to use in the fabrication of natural, biodegradable, soft to the skin and durable clothing.
Using hemp allows to avoid the use of fertilizers and pesticides in crops agriculture.
Production sometimes causes to discard ends of fabric rolls (also called left overs) that are normally discarded or incinerated. We salvage these fabrics and create exclusive and unique collections. Not only does this reduce the amount of waste and negative impact of landfills, or carbon emissions released into the atmosphere, it also reduces new materials production.
Upcycling reduces 30% of our impact on the environment (ADEME).
In order to avoid the use of chemicals and huge quantities of water and energy in our dying processes, we work with partners offering more responsible solutions such as mass dyeing (dye is incorporated in the fiber during its production), yarn dyeing or supercritical CO2 dying.
La teinture e.dye® is a solution to set colors on polyester fabrics all the while reducing water consumption up to 85%, use of chemicals up to 90%, and CO2 emissions up to 12% compared to a traditional dyeing process.
PFC-free water repellency treatments
Water repellency treatments repels water on contact. Water drops bead up and run off clothing, leaving the surface dry. This chemical treatment is essential to keep the functionality of waterproof and breathable jackets and was originally made of fluorocarbon (PFC). Since Greenpeace published its “Detox” campaign report in 2011, these substances have been identified as harmful for the human being and the environment.
We mainly use TEFLON EcoElite™, an alternative biosourced high-performance solution which doesn’t use PFC.Check out the video
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