Whether it is a bike outing with the whole family, your weekly training round, the daily commute to work or an epic bike tour over the Alps – biking is the eco-friendly way to go. Naturally, there are other ways to take care of the environment in this respect – for example, you could take a bus, train, or even car pool to your destination, or choose overnight accommodations that meet sustainability standards. With many small, deliberate choices, you can ensure that your recreational behavior is sustainable and helps preserve the environment for generations to come.
At VAUDE sustainability is the "common green thread" that runs through the entire company. Product developers here are constantly tackling the question of how to make functional clothing, shoes and backpacks environmentally sustainable. Since the topic is so complex and involves so many choices in terms of materials, manufacturing processes, energy consumption, chemical processes and, not least, social factors, VAUDE has developed its own in-house Green Shape Label, a comprehensive catalog of criteria that ensures that all functional products bearing the label have been manufactured as environmentally friendly as possible. VAUDE, as a member of the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF) with Leader status, ensures that all garment producers are regularly monitored by the independent organization ensuring that production is carried out under fair conditions.
Sustainable bike apparel
In its Spring/Summer 2018 collection, VAUDE has achieved the goal of making all the fabrics used for the Apparel Collection completely without harmful fluorocarbons (PFC). Thus, the southern German outfitter meets the voluntarily signed detox agreement with Greenpeace. With regards to the entire bike apparel collection, this means: 100% PFC-free membrane and water-repellent treatment of the fabrics! In addition, the new collection includes numerous alternative materials such as recycled polyester made from PET bottles, the wood fiber TENCEL® or drirelease® wool. The bluesign® system is another important criterion for a Green Shape product. Similar to a purity law, it focuses on issues such as strict chemical management and energy efficiency.
Recycled material and drirelease® wool
VAUDE sets new standards with its functional Ligure Bike Shirt. The primary material used is recycled polyester from PET bottles. The used PET bottles are collected, cleaned, melted and processed to create new yarn, which is certified in accordance with the stringent bluesign® system environmental standard. For effective microclimate regulation, inserts made from drirelease® wool are partially integrated into the back and on the shoulder area. This casually cut shirt with stand-up collar and short front zip is an eye-catching performance piece with a modern colorblock look. It is soft to the touch, as well as partially cooling and odor resistant.
The stylish Tremalzo LS long sleeve hoody and the Tremalzo tee are made entirely from drirelease® wool. The technology backing this 88% polyester and 12% finest Merino wool blend is not based on conventional spray-on treatment, but directly integrated into the material. The combination of hydrophilic and hydrophobic fibers allows excellent moisture transport away from the skin. Merino wool is a renewable resource, which helps to conserve fossil resources.
Wood clothing: Wood you wear it?
In the casually cut Moab short and long sleeve shirts, VAUDE uses a mixture of polyester and TENCEL® fiber, which is 100% manufactured from wood and therefore 100% biodegradable. TENCEL® has moisture-regulating properties, is silky soft to the touch, and feels pleasantly cool on the skin. The fiber production from cellulose is extremely environmentally friendly thanks to a resource-conserving circulatory system. The Moab shirts are both reversible, allowing you to choose between making a striped or bold color statement.
PFC-free weather protection with a pinch of coffee
The form fitting, athletically cut Strone Jacket promises perfect protection from the elements while still helping to conserve the environment. It combines freedom of movement and best comfort, with environmentally friendly innovation, and packs down small enough to fit comfortably in a back jersey pocket on any bike trip. This 2.5-layer jacket is equipped with a waterproof, windproof Ceplex Green membrane. The new environmentally friendly membrane is 100% PTFE-free and PFC-free. VAUDE also uses up to 25% recycled or biobased materials in its production. The “half layer” is a soft S-Cafe® material print that is applied to the inside of the jacket. This innovative material is made from recycled coffee grounds, and feels comfortably dry while preventing the jacket from sticking to your skin if you begin to sweat. Even the water-repellent Eco Finish treatment of the outer shell is completely PFC-free.