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2017 Sustainability Report
published 2018/08/01

Forever yours – give our products a long life!

August 9, 2017 – The life span of a product determines its ecological footprint. Because of this, you ultimately have a direct influence on how sustainable a VAUDE product is.

Care, repair, donate

Sometimes we don’t realize it until the wardrobe is already overflowing. We get caught up in current trends, keep buying new clothes and gear until we finally have mountains of things that we don’t even use. And mountains it is: on average, each German buys 60 new items of clothing per year. So it’s no wonder that clothes that are still in good shape are often given away to clothing collection agencies or even thrown out with the garbage.


Of course, this throw-away mentality is neither sustainable nor resource-conserving. Every and every production process burdens the environment. We are doing everything we can to make our products as environmentally and socially compatible as possible. However, a product’s service life is also a decisive factor of sustainability. VAUDE products are tough, but how long they actually "live" lies in your hands!


We would like to show you how to preserve your outdoor gear and apparel – and help contribute to the planet’s environmental balance. With the appropriate care and a few repair tricks, your favorite product will be forever yours - and when you really don’t need it anymore, you can do something good for society and make another outdoor fan happy by donating it.

 
 

The right care and maintenance.

Relationships depend on care and maintenance, which is also important for our products. If you handle your gear carefully, you can maintain its high functionality over the long term. Is doing the laundry not exactly your favorite chore? Your outdoor products are in luck! They shouldn’t be washed more often than necessary – sometimes just airing them out will suffice.


What’s important is that when you do wash them, you do it gently. Occasional re-waterproofing can work wonders in making your product as good as new for your next adventure in the great outdoors. 


Find out the details here

 
 

Repair, don’t replace.

There are a lot of good reasons to repair things: it’s good for the planet and your wallet – and it’s fun! Our high-quality products are designed for longterm, intensive use. Nevertheless, sometimes things can break or become worn out. Luckily, that doesn’t mean you have to throw out your favorite gear – you can often whip it back into shape with just a few simple steps.


VAUDE offers support with replacement parts and repair instructions, our cooperation partner iFixit and Repair Cafés as well as our in-house repair service.


Find out the details here

 
 

Second hand and donations.

Our products are designed for a long life – we ensure this right from the start during the design process with high quality materials and a timeless design. And when your time together is up, you can still do a good deed.

Whether you donate your gear or clothing to a good cause or sell it at the Second Use Shop on eBay, your product will stay in use longer, its ecological footprint will be smaller and another owner will be happy about finding a new companion for his or her next outdoor adventure!


Here you can find out about our partners in the Second Use section

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