• Laminate fabrics, like 3-layer hardshell or softshell fabrics, are inherently difficult to process and typically incorporate a membrane that is not eco-friendly.
• CFC-based DWR treatments: there are CFC-free options available, but they are not effective yet.
We currently employ the highest performance fabrics available and have spec'd fabrics that are durable and can withstand years of use.
Currently, we are researching some new tech membranes that use nanospinning technology to create a highly breathable and air permeable membranes out of a more sustainable, eco-friendly and recyclable material.
As far as we know, there is only one supplier that produces recycled elastane. We use it in a few of our styles, however the capability is limited and the volume required to even test this yarn in other fabrics is prohibitively high for a company our size.
The above considerations, along with our total volumes, really limit what we can do in areas like denier gradient fabrics that incorporate 2-3 types of yarn, since each supplier requires a minimum volume, compounded by an even larger greige (raw fabric) minimum, per style. As we grow, we’ll use our buying power and our voice to push these conversations forward and work with our suppliers to innovate further.
The foams used in the production of chamois - industry wide - are not recycled and are difficult to recycle given their complex composition. We're currently researching alternatives to traditional foams that provide the same benefits at a lower impact.
We're currently working with our suppliers to develop styles using biodegradable yarns capable of 75%+ decomposition in just 5 years under anaerobic conditions. These are very new (and expensive) materials intended to reduce the waste of not only discarded clothing, but production scraps over the life of the garment.
Nylon is a very durable fiber and something we use in many of our garments, such as bib shorts, due to its ability to withstand abuse as well as many other performance characteristics. However, it is an inherently difficult material to recycle and aside from using garment/production scraps to reclaim and recycle into yarns, it’s very limited in how we can use it. There are only a few sources and we’re pushing them to allow for greater options and performance requirements: gauge, durability, etc.
We currently offer several recycled nylon options: