In our products, we always aim for quality, top-tuned technical features and durability. Recycled materials do not always enable the desired technical features for the product, but this is exactly where we want to develop and find solutions where the technicality remains high-class without forgetting our environmental responsibility. It is not impossible, but there is still a lot of work. The use of recycled polyester reduces dependence on crude oil and creates opportunities to utilize materials that would otherwise end up in landfills.
Our goal is to constantly increase the use of recycled material in all our collections. Read more in our annual report.
SAFE FABRICS AND ACCESSORIES
It is of the utmost importance to us that the fabrics and accessories we use in the products are safe for the workers handling them, the surrounding nature, and the final users of the product.
We are a bluesign® system partner, which means that the respected, independent organization in our field, bluesign®, helps us closely monitor the materials used by our subcontractors and increase the use of healthier and safer ingredients in our products. With the help of the Bluesign® system partnership, we reduce adverse effects on people and nature and guarantee the best possible protection for both employees and consumers.
We comply with the REACH chemical regulation issued by the EU and follow the SVHC candidate list of substances of special concern to stay up to date with the regulations. In addition, we comply with bluesign®'s list of prohibited substances in those products with bluesign® fabric. Each bluesign®-approved chemical product goes through a detailed risk assessment and the lists of prohibited ingredients are updated annually. In addition, the fabric supplier must commit to Halti's code of conduct, the requirements of the purchase agreement, and the detailed requirements of each type of material. Read more in our annual report.
Perfluorinated compounds (PFC) have for long been key ingredients in the production of outdoor clothing, because they enable superior long-lasting water resistance. In recent years, the adverse impact of PFCs have been studied more, and without proper protection they have been found to be hazardous for the environment and people. We have aimed to find PFC-free solutions for our products and starting from the summer 2020, all our DWR-treated products will be fully PFC-free. All our shoes are always fully PFC-free.
THE FIGHT AGAINST MICROPLASTICS
We want to create technical clothes that enable even demanding sports and movement and work even in challenging conditions. Technical clothing is often made of synthetic fibers (PES or PA), which can be used to modify desired properties, such as water resistance, breathability and thermal insulation. Although the fibers are long, small particles, i.e. microplastics, may come off during washing. Another challenge in the textile industry is that microplastics are carried into waterways with waste water and rainwater, even though treatment plants manage to remove 99% of microplastics. The accumulation of non-biodegradable microplastic into large plastic rafts in the oceans has been widely reported, and it has caused great concern for us as well. We have tackled the problem by utilizing used plastic drink bottles in the manufacture of clothes. We strive to reduce microplastic emissions by manufacturing long-lasting and high-quality products and by providing instructions for the care of clothes:
- Wash synthetic products less, sometimes ventilation is enough to freshen the product
- Wash synthetic and natural fibers separately, so according to research, microfibers come off less
- Avoid delicate wash programs and machine wash full loads, as a large amount of water loosens the microplastic
- Recycle the plastic used in product packaging
We only use fake fur in our garments. The down and feathers used in our down products are by-products of the food industry and delivered by suppliers that respect the lives of animals and do not expose animals to harmful processes. This is supervised and controlled by the independent and voluntary Responsible Down Standard, RDS. All our down products have been RDS-certified since 2014. Every down procurement phase is controlled, and animal farms are audited annually.
Additionally, we ensure that lambs in wool production are not treated with painful mulesing method.
The greatest challenge in the production of cotton, including organic cotton, is the massive consumption of water. To reduce water consumption, we are actively reducing the use of cotton in our clothes and aim to find options for organic cotton. Wherever cotton is an integral part of the product, we aim to use organic cotton. No artificial fertilizers or crop protection agents are used in the production of organic cotton. It is a much safer option that normally produced cotton for end users, people working on cotton farms or in material processing, as well as for the surrounding nature, watercourses and animals.