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Materials

Material usage is of the utmost importance in our backpacks. We make absolutely sure that we use the right material in the right place to ensure optimum functionality – with guaranteed environmentally friendly manufacturing.

NATURAL MATERIALS

 

The use of natural materials plays an important role at VAUDE. They not only look good, they also feel good. At the same time, however, these materials also have to be particularly resilient and robust.

Hemp

Hemp is one of the oldest cultivated plants on earth and therefore a natural, renewable raw material. It grows rapidly and is very hardy. It doesn’t need additional irrigation, fertilizers or pesticides. The fibers obtained from the hemp plant are very resilient and are processed into hard-wearing fabrics and durable products.

Organic Cotton

The use of insecticides and herbicides in conventional cotton production is growing. We only use certified organic cotton in our products. Chemical fertilizers and pesticides are as taboo as genetically modified seeds.

Terracare® leather

VAUDE products exclusively use sustainably produced and certified leather from the Heinen leather factory in Germany. Production meets the highest social and ecological standards. Through the careful use of resources such as water, chemicals and energy, the processing of terracare® leather is not only very eco-friendly, it’s also extremely low in pollutants.

Q-Milk Felt

QMilk is the world’s first 100 % natural plastic. Using low-energy methods, the fibers are produced from cow’s milk that can’t be used in the food industry due to overproduction and strict supply quotas. The plastic is completely biodegradable within a few months without any residues, pleasant to wear and naturally antibacterial.

Waxed canvas

Waxed cotton (also known as oil cloth) is a unique, resilient material. During production, two-ply cotton threads are woven into a robust canvas fabric. This fabric is then treated with special waxes. The oil/wax treatment forms a layer resistant to wind and water which doesn’t restrict the breathability of the cotton.

WATERPROOFNESS

 

A backpack or travel bag holds the items that you’ll urgently need on your tour or journey so protection from moisture is crucial. After all, nobody wants to find their change of clothes, work documents, wallet or phone soaking wet. High quality outer materials with the right waterproofing is key.

Outer Material

For our backpacks and bags we use particularly resilient and durable materials. All materials are extensively tested in our testing lab so that we can guarantee long-term resistance to heavy use and extreme conditions.

The outer surfaces of VAUDE backpacks are made from extremely durable material. Backpacks with conventional workmanship have perforated seams, so water and moisture can penetrate the seams of these sewn products.

TIP: To protect a sewn backpack and its contents, such as a wallet or phone, from moisture, you can simply use a rain cover or a waterproof packsack.

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Waterproofing

Backpacks have to offer versatile protection even under adverse conditions. Normally this means using fluorocarbons (PFC) in order to make the outer surface waterproof and dirt repellent. These man-made compounds are suspected of being hazardous to one’s health.

At VAUDE we have completely eliminated the use of fluorocarbons in our products. Instead, an impregnation is used that is environmentally friendly, 100 % PFC-free yet still causes water and dirt to bead up and roll off. It’s called: Eco Finish.

We apply this water-repellent finish to the outer surface of the pack, so that water pearls up and runs right off – without the use of any environmentally harmful fluorocarbons (PFCs). This protects you from the rain and keeps the planet clean.

PVC-free

Because we care about nature, we don’t use any harmful PVCs in the production of our backpacks and bags. The alternative PU material is just as robust, durable and waterproof, but doesn’t contain any harmful plasticizers.

Additional information on impregnation, waterproofing and the use of fluorocarbon-free water-repellent materials can be found in our Sustainability Report.

RECYCLING

 

We have made it our business to constantly reduce our own ecological footprint – to minimize resource consumption and to recycle existing materials. We are increasing the use of recycled materials in our backpacks to help us conserve resources and avoid waste.

You will always find the exact proportions of recycled materials on the sewn-in care label of your product.

You can recognize products made of recycled materials by this label:

PET and polyester

For certain functional products we use material that is made from recycled PET plastic bottles. The bottles are collected, cleaned, melted down and processed into high-quality yarn which we use to create brand-new VAUDE products, helping to conserve both resources and energy.

Polyamide (PA)

Polyamides are synthetic fibers produced from crude oil. In order to conserve natural resources and to re-use existing materials, we recycle abandoned fishing nets that are floating around the world’s oceans and endangering marine life. The result is new, high-quality materials. Under the name Econyl® they are used, for example, in our Green Shape Core Collection.

You will always find the exact proportions of recycled materials on the sewn-in care label of your product.

Further information on the subject of recycling can be found in our Sustainability Report.

TRIMS & PARTS

 

The quality of your gear is vital. Every detail counts. VAUDE supports you with products of the highest quality – nothing is left to chance.

Brand Components

Some of these special features are high-quality buckles and fasteners from Duraflex or zips from the market leader YKK. Components from these partners guarantee perfect functionality, even under the most adverse conditions.

Sustainable Manufacturing

Environmental protection and sustainability are vitally important issues for us. At VAUDE, for example, we are increasing our use of renewable raw materials for our products and are choosing biobased plastic materials (e.g. bioplastics) over petroleum-based materials. Our production is subject to strict external monitoring.

Additional information on the subject of bioplastics can be found in our Sustainability Report.

Biobased Plastic

Biobased plastic made of castor oil. Normally, plastics are made from petroleum. In order to conserve this fossil resource, we went out in search of renewable alternatives. Castor oil grows without supplemental irrigation on poor soil and does not compete with the food chain. From the oil of the castor beans we produce fibers for clothing and plastic components such as zippers, buckles and hooks. They have the same properties of conventional materials — only “greener”.

Additional information on the subject of bioplastics can be found in our Sustainability Report.