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THANKS A BILLION! Polartec® celebrates recycling its billionth bottle
Polartec is proud to announce that it has used one billion’s worth of clear plastic bottles, destined for landfill, in the production of high quality fabric used by major brands in cutting edge outdoor wear.
Since 1993 Polartec has been recycling plastic bottles and using the waste to produce high quality fabrics. Back then demand was low and technology was in its infancy resulting in scratchy fabric that felt recycled. Then in 2010, Polartec’s determination to reduce waste, carbon emissions and energy consumption resulted in the partnership with Unifi Inc to produce high quality recycled fleece, using post consumer recycled content. REPREVE 100 was born and Polartec was able to use a yarn using 100 percent clear plastic bottles that felt great and could offer customers a wider range of styles and colours.
British brands, including Rab, Montane and Mountain Equipment use Polartec REPREVE 100 in their collections from base layers through to outer protection garments. International brands, such as Patagonia and Norrona, were early adopters back in the 1990’s and big supporters of the Polartec recycled offering and continue to be so.
Polartec’s commitment to minimising its impact on the environment gained the company Oeko-Tex 100 Certification in 2005 and has been Bluesign® AG certified since 2008.
“In the US over 40 billion plastic bottles are destined for landfill this year. One fortieth of this total amount seems a drop in the ocean but it’s a start,” claims Alessandro Perseo, Polartec European Marketing Manager. “We are keen to continue our upward trend and increase our commitment to make better use of what’s already been used. Here’s to the next billion.”
In the UK nearly 5 billion plastic bottles were sent to landfill in 2012. Here’s what you can do with one billion recycled bottles:
- Stacked end-to-end, they would reach halfway to the moon.
- Wrap them around the world five times.
- Create 27 million new fleece jackets.
Polartec’s green credentials:
- electricity consumption down 24% since 2009.
- new dyeing equipment means 50% less water used.
- Global hang tag program uses reduced sized recycled tags pushing paper consumption down by 60%.
- 85% production waste is recycled.
- Oeko-Tex 100 Certified since 2005.
- - - Bluesign® AG certified since 2008.
Berghaus staff head into the forest to support the John Muir Trust
Staff from Berghaus have been doing their bit to support the work of conservation charity the John Muir Trust. A team of volunteers from the company recently helped out on a project at the trust’s Glenlude property in the Scottish Borders area. The work was part of Berghaus’ wider commitment to the charity, as a Gold Corporate Member of the John Muir Trust.
Thousands help EOCA choose conservation projects to receive €180,000
Many thousands of outdoor enthusiasts have joined European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA) members to choose six vital conservation projects for EOCA to fund this spring. In total, nearly €180,000 has been pledged to projects in six different countries, with all funds coming from membership fees and fundraising monies raised from the European outdoor industry. EOCA holds two funding rounds per year, with the second one taking place in the autumn.
Berghaus becomes first British brand to join the bluesign® system
Berghaus has announced that it is the first British clothing brand to join the bluesign® system. The development is part of an ongoing sustainability programme designed to eliminate harmful substances from the company’s supply chain, by identifying and working with responsible textile mills and component suppliers.
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Constantly striving for innovation in their quest to create new products that support and enhance the lifestyles and outdoor adventures of active people, KEEN unveil another truly hybrid product: UNEEK™ - a sandal unlike anything you’ve seen before.
Gift Your Gear - Help the next generation get outdoors
Give your unwanted outdoor gear a new lease of life. Gift Your Gear, an award winning nationwide initiative asks us all to look around our wardrobes, attics and garages for any unwanted outdoor clothes.
Gift Your Gear enables unwanted outdoor gear to be used by organisations encouraging the next generation, especially youngsters, to get outdoors.
Children and young people need to get outdoors for their physical, and emotional well-being.
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