We are working hard so that our products are high quality, durable and produced responsibly. New objectives are developed annually that improve the cooperative and transparent partnership with our suppliers and sewing rooms.
In addition to personal visits, since 2017 we’ve had the Fair Wear Foundation as a strong organization whose goal is to improve the working conditions in the sewing textile industry around the world. This includes, for example, implementing reasonable working hours and living wages.
The bluesign® system is based on minimizing the environmental impact during the entire production process. All substances and raw materials used during manufacturing are checked before the start of production. Company-wide, we currently receive approximately 80% of our fabrics and 17% of components from bluesign® system partners and therefore from suppliers that are continuing to reduce their emissions into the air and water and have an environmental management system.
Recycling is a key pillar of our sustainability strategy and serves to minimize our impact on the environment when manufacturing our products. We use fabrics with a recycled PET bottle content of 50%. PET recycling has double the benefits: less waste is produced and fewer natural resources are needed to produce a finished backpack. The manufacturing pro- cess is also gentle on natural resources as water consumption and CO2 emissions are reduced. This significantly reduces the amount of unavoidable environmental pollution.
The empty PET plastic bottles are collected and taken to a recycling plant. Once there, the clear bottles are selected to undergo recycling.
The bottles are crushed into PET flakes. These are then washed in a water bath.
The PET flakes are melted down and mixed thoroughly. The hot mass is then formed into thick fibers that are cut into 3 mm pellets.
The pellets are melted again, drawn into long fibers and spun into thread. The finished thread is wound onto spools and transported to the weaving mill.
Weaving The thread is placed in sophisticated weaving machines and woven into white lengths of fabric.
Printing Patterns are then printed onto the lengths of fabric and both sides are coated to make the fabric water-repellent.
Cutting The fabric is then cut to sewing patterns. These patterns are laid out so that the fabric is used efficiently. No usable fabric scraps are used for padding.
Sewing The fabric pieces cut from the patterns are then used to sew our wonderful product.