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Sustainable Products Trending at ISPO

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MUNICH, Germany – A cycling shoe made of eco-leather, a jacket made of molasses, an athletic shoe made of plastic marine debris. Sustainable innovations are one of the trends at this year’s ISPO Munich which will take place from January 24 to 27, 2016.

Sustainable Products Trending at ISPO
Adidas made a shoe made of recycled plastic marine debris. – Photo Adidas

The use of sustainable materials, resource-saving production and fair working conditions in the source countries are priorities for Vaude. This spring, Vaude introduces cycling and outdoor sports footwear made with eco-friendly leather. The outdoor model features a 100% recyclable Sympatex membrane in combination with the leather. It is water-repellent and breathable.

Recycled plastic marine debris

German sporting goods manufacturer Adidas also proves that athletic footwear can be produced sustainably. A joint project with the New-York-based initiative “Parley for the Oceans” yielded a shoe made of recycled plastic marine debris.

New generations

The still rather young outdoor company Picture Organic Clothing has already received the ISPO AWARD in the ECO category several times. For the coming season the company presents a new generation of its award-winning ski helmet, made of a polymer sourced from corn plants as well as recycled automotive cockpits.

Spotlight on by-product of sugar production

Molasses, a by-product of sugar production, is in the spotlight at both “Bergans of Norway” and “Toray”. The uppermost layer of their Eidfjord jacket, commercially available beginning summer of 2016, is made with 30 percent of the plant-based polyester, a sustainable source material. 30 consumers were able to exclusively pre-test the jacket and their feedback was very positive. The water- and windproof character of the material impressed the testers.

Growing market

Sustainable apparel is becoming increasingly more popular. Demand for eco-friendly and socially sustainable apparel has been on the rise since the year 2000, increasing by five percent per year on average, according to the International Association of the National Textile Industry. In addition, fair manufacturing conditions in the textile industry are important to 86 percent of Germans, as shown by a poll performed by YouGov Institute on behalf of the dpa news agency.

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