For the 50th birthday of Ispo Munich, the sports fair claimed to be more sustainable than ever before. More and more brands are looking for solutions for more sustainable products and more sustainable consumption. This time, recycling was one of the core issues of sustainable innovation.
While recycled polyester from PET bottles seems to become mainstream, the question of how to recycle products at the end of their lives has long remained unanswered. Companies have developed various new approaches for this. Bergans of Norway presented a new backpack project called the “Collection of tomorrow,” which is a recycling management pilot project. Bergans integrates the consumer, giving him the right to have the backpack recycled after use and to obtain a new product from the material. The product is made of Spinnova fiber, which is completely recyclable.
With the “Futurecraft.Loop Jacket,” Adidas Terrex also relies on recycling management. Instead of making jackets increasingly complex and from different materials, Adidas uses a single undyed material made of 100 percent polyester - this makes the weatherproof jacket extremely easy to recycle.
The Swedish brand Houdini presented its new Mono Air Houdi made with Polartec Power Air. It is named “mono” because it is made from one single yarn, which makes the jacket easy to recycle. The special knit construction also reduces the release of microfibers by about five times compared to other high-quality fleeces. Polartec introduced this technology last year. With the new Mono Air Houdi by Houdini, a new lighter version has now been developed.
Other companies interpret recycling as a natural process in which the material disintegrates into its natural components at the end of its life. Bio-based, compostable or biodegradable products are intended to replace petroleum-based materials. Klättermusen, for example, exhibited a compostable down jacket made of extremely thin organic cotton yarns that are so closely interwoven that the material is windproof and almost water-repellent.
A technical innovation was presented by Picture Organic Clothing. The French Action Sports Brand developed a three-layer, waterproof jacket with the novel membrane Xpore from BenQ, which consists of only carbon and hydrogen. Another jacket was launched with its outer fabric based on cane sugar and recycled polyester; its membrane based on castor oil.
The French sneaker company Veja launched a “vegan”, post-petroleum running shoe. The sneaker consists partly of recycled plastic and partly of renewable raw materials such as castor oil, sugar cane, wild rubber and rice waste. They aim to push these developments further.
Jack Wolfskin uses 100 percent recycled materials in its collections - especially in the new Ecoloader backpacks. But the highlight is the padding of the back and shoulder straps made of foam made from algae.
There were also numerous innovations in recycled materials: Fjällräven presented its famous Kanken backpack made of recycled wool, and the Finnish company Pure Waste presented a collection that consists entirely of 60 percent recycled cotton and 40 percent recycled polyester. The raw material comes from production waste, which is mechanically broken down into fibers and then re-spun by their own company in India. For the first time, the integration of 20 percent post-consumer textile waste was also successful. The aim is to increase this proportion and reduce the amount of polyester.