VAUDE has limited influence on users’ conduct with our products – in the outdoors and on their way to the mountains, and also how they wash and care for their gear at home.
However, the greatest percentage of a piece of outdoor apparel’s ecological footprint most often originates during this usage phase – either directly from washing and drying, or indirectly from travelling, for example.
We provide information and raise awareness of what we as consumers and product users can contribute – see Creating Awareness with Sustainability Communication
In terms of resource consumption during the usage phase of a VAUDE product, maintenance plays a vital role. We provide users with detailed instructions for product care. These are accessible online, as well as sometimes attached directly to the product, for example on the sewn-in care label or included in a booklet that comes with the product.
We recommend Nikwax products for cleaning and maintenance. They are environmentally friendly because they are waterbased, solvent-free and fluorocarbon-free.
VAUDE is proud of its high quality and durable products. They are dependable, day-to-day companions, and are manufactured for intense use. Nevertheless, minor defects or wear occasionally occur.
Many products can be easily repaired. We operate a competent customer service and Repair Service at our Obereisenbach location. Retailers and end customers can send in their VAUDE products to be repaired. Read more at Product Guarantee.
Our goal is to repair and continue to make useful even more products with the help of clearly defined repair decision criteria in our VAUDE Repair Handbook. Products that cannot be repaired but essentially still “work” (such as when a zip on an inside pocket no longer functions but the jacket is otherwise in good shape) are donated to FairWertung, an umbrella organization of non-profit organizations. For more information see Recycling & Disposal.
And if your closet is overflowing? VAUDE products usually make excellent second hand goods and are gladly seen by second or third hand users as donations, gifts or used clothing sales. As users, we contribute to extending the usage phase of the product – and therefore its sustainability.
All nature-lovers who enjoy the outdoors should ask themselves what they can personally do to contribute to the protection of our environment. Packing up your own garbage, leaving protected plants alone, staying on the trail, avoiding disturbing animals or causing erosion should be a given for every outdoor-fan.
Responsibility in the great outdoors
When participating in outdoor recreation, everyone should pay attention to protecting nature.
VAUDE is setting a good example in this area: by organizing our own mountaineering courses and with the support of our partners who promote environmentally friendly behavior in nature. For example, WWF Germany, the German Alpine Association (DAV) and the Federation of Nature and Forest Kindergartens.
A quarter of the total energy consumption in Germany is attributable to the transport sector. And of this, 43% - the largest share - comes from holiday and recreational transport.
Always ask yourself whether you can get something done without using the car – or by carpooling (such as with www.flinc.org). It not only saves resources, it’s also more fun. Of course, this includes the daily commute to work as well. VAUDE is setting a good example here – more at Eco-friendly Transport.