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2015 Sustainability Report
published 2016/07/13

New clothing made from abandoned fishing nets

Recycled materials are an important element of VAUDE’s product strategy. It allows us to reduce the use of petroleum fossil fuels.

Waste from the sea becomes a high quality material

Creating high quality products from waste – a crazy idea? Not at all! Our suppliers for polyamide fabrics collect abandoned fishing nets from the sea. This polyamide is recycled into a new, high-quality material which VAUDE uses to product functional products.

The preparation of the fishing nets – including cleaning, chemical depolymerization and repolymerization processes take place in Europe. Thus new polyamide yarn is created from pollution – with the same chemical qualities and the same functionality as polyamide made from petroleum.

Pollution is cleaned up while crude oil, energy and emissions are conserved. Concrete figures, photos and films are available at

Spinning yarn from PET bottles

Another source material for recycling at VAUDE is used PET bottles. These are collected, purified, ground and processed to form granulate that is then melted and spun into yarn.

The Recycling Cycle

Collect, clean, granulate and spin: the recycling cycle of PET bottles. Water-shedding products such as bags and backpacks are made with the fibers resulting from this cycle.

In this way, high-quality polyester is produced, which in its manufacturing requires 50% less energy and produces approx. 50% less CO2 emissions. Absolutely no fossil fuel petroleum is required.

Used clothing as raw material

Used textiles can also be recycled. In this case, the different polymers that make up the synthetic fiber are recovered and re-assembled.

A granulate is then produced that can be spun into yarn and woven into fabric. This reduces landfill waste because old textiles are recycled and not disposed of. There is also no additional need for petroleum in the reclamation of polymers.

Increasing percentage of the Collection

Men's Scopi SYN Jacket

VAUDE would like to advance the use of recycled materials. 

The criteria for recycled VAUDE Green Shape products is between at least 30% recycled percentage on the finished product (for shoes) up to at least 90% (for apparel).

These limits are very high. For VAUDE products that are made with a lower percentage of recycled materials and therefore don’t meet the Green Shape criteria, we have introduced a new label in the Summer Collection 2016 that identifies products made from at least 30% recycled materials.

We want to enable our customers to better identify recycled products so that they can make informed decisions about their purchases.

Percent of products made from recycled materials (main product group Backpacks)

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Notes on this overview:

  • “Total” refers to all backpacks, bags and bike bags from the product areas Mountain Sports, Bike Sports and Packs ‘n Bags. 
  • “Packs ‘n Bags” has been identified separately as the percentage of integrated recycled materials is especially high in this product segment. 
  • The following applies to all products: the percentage of all integrated primary materials made from recycled materials is at least 30%. When the percentage of integrated recycled materials is significantly higher, the products have the VAUDE Green Shape label. This representation differentiates based on the percentage of recycled materials, but not whether or not the product has Green Shape status. Green Shape concerns very different sustainability criteria. See here

Certified Recycled Materials

GRI:   G4-EN2
Percentage of materials used that are recycled input materials
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