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Are we truly sustainable? Part II

Written by Chris Westen

Mount Asahadake, Japan

Last week, I posted an article explaining the decisions we take in our quest to be a sustainable outerwear company.

Now it’s time for part II: Materials. As always, your feedback is more than welcome. Feel free to comment below.

Reduce, reuse, recycle.
A well-known mantra and very applicable to our vision.

Do you really need it?
The apparel industry produces way too much stuff which we don’t even need. As if that’s not bad enough, the industry still tends to use toxic and harmful materials.

As Open Wear, we don’t want to contribute to that. Of course, the best way to reduce would be to not produce anything at all. But, since we are passionate powder riders ourselves, we can’t escape from the proper gear to ride in on powder days.

We need materials that perform outstandingly under the harshest conditions. Therefore, we decided to focus on the best materials that have the least negative impact on the environment.

When we select our material supplier partners, we look for companies that share our values. With the same focus on, and respect for nature.

“ As a community, we can collect much more information than our small Open Wear team alone. ”

Recycled by Sympatex
Sympatex is our weapon of choice for our outerwear shell material. The 3-layer shell is 100% waterproof, optimally breathable, and 100% windproof. While Sympatex is not the only fabric with perfect functionality, the unique feature of this fabric is, that it is 100% recycled and recyclable. This reduces the need for virgin polyester, plus it won’t leave any traces after the use ended. No need to fill up our landfills with unused products!

For our insulator, we set two criteria, it had to be of an outstanding quality and could not be made of animal material. Our choice: Primaloft ThermoPlume. It has all the so-beloved specs of animal down: it’s lofty, soft, warm and compressible. But that’s not all. Where animal down soaks up water, the ThermoPlume has a wet-weather protection, keeping its loftiness. Best of all: no animal had to be harmed to produce our down-like jacket.

Also the smallest details on our products have to follow our vision. We want to make sure that our trims are produced as clean and safe as possible.

We partnered up with Rudholm, the market leader in this area. Following all regulations coming from their certifications on Oeko-tex, REACh, Bluesign, Sedex, BSCI and SAC/Higg.

We need your help!
In our continuous search for new sustainable materials, we can use your help. Together we, as a community, can collect way more information than our small team alone. So feel free to send us a message with your ideas.

We will frequently update you on our progress.
Together, we can change the outerwear industry!


Buy once buy better! :)!
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