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GREEN SHAPE

 

Backpacks and bags made by VAUDE are simply more ecological. The VAUDE Green Shape label stands for environmentally friendly, functional products made from sustainable materials. We are consistently pursuing a “green” path with integrated concepts and innovative products.

SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS

 

Going the eco-friendly and fair route… this is what drives us and at the same time is the matter closest to heart.

We pay attention to environmental compatibility and sustainability throughout the entire life cycle of a product, from design and materials, through production, use and care, to recycling and disposal.

Further information about Green Shape can be found in our Sustainability Report.

The following Green Shape features make your footprint even smaller when you choose a VAUDE backpack:

QMilk

 

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. They are completely biodegradable within a few months without any residues, soft against your skin and naturally antibacterial.

Hemp

 

Hemp is one of the oldest cultivated plants on earth. It grows rapidly and is very hardy. The fibers obtained from the hemp plant are very resilient and are processed into hard-wearing fabrics and durable products.

terracare® leather

 

VAUDE products exclusively use sustainably produced and certified leather from the Heinen leather factory in Germany. This leather is especially eco-friendly and production meets the highest social and ecological standards.

PFC-free

 

We use an Eco Finish DWR (durable water resistancy) whenever the designed activity and current technology permit. We apply this water-repellent finish to the outer surface of your 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.

Recycled polyester

 

When it’s possible, we use recycled materials in our products. This not only reduces waste, but also helps conserve valuable resources.

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.

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”.

PET Recycling

 

For certain functional products we use material made from recycled PET plastic bottles. The bottles are collected, cleaned and melted down. We then process the high-quality yarn that results into new products. This conserves resources and saves energy.

PA Recycling

 

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.