Your VAUDE products should offer reliable protection from the weather – including the pouring rain, baking sun, howling winds or freezing cold. They should help you to enjoy everything our wonderful planet has got to offer, to achieve your best and serve you for years on your outdoor adventures.
We carefully select our materials so that you get the best product for your activity. VAUDE materials combine top quality with technical performance and ecological responsibility.
The sustainability of your VAUDE product begins with our product managers’ first product ideas. They are the ones who decide what materials and technologies to use.
VAUDE has made a commitment to using the best (most environmentally friendly) technologies, to eliminating the use of controversial technologies and materials, and to ensuring maximum traceability of all materials to their origin.
In the VAUDE Material Policy, we regulate which materials are allowed and which conditions need to be met during the production of raw materials, cultivation and processing.
Consistently strict also means that we ensure the greatest possible transparency for natural materials that could be critical from an environmental or animal welfare point of view. This means that we check very carefully where the wool, down and cotton come from, whether they meet the requirements defined in our Material Policy and are certified according to the standards we require. For example, we only use down that is certified by the Responsible Down Standard. You can find more info here
While other outdoor brands rely on nanotechnology for example, or continue to rely on fluorine-containing waterproofing, we at VAUDE work in accordance with the precautionary principle: Until a technology is scientifically classified as harmless, we keep our hands off it.
In our opinion, the industry has often brought alleged innovations to the market without adequately assessing the risks in advance. When it turns out that they are harmful to health or the environment, the damage has already been done. Even after many years, unfortunately, a current example that continues: fluorocarbon technology for water-repellent materials. Why are they harmful and why did VAUDE stop using them? Find out more here.
This balancing act is a challenge for our product developers; more sustainable materials frequently cost more than their conventional counterparts, are more difficult to obtain, they require different processing or are used differently.
The VAUDE Material Policy contains analyses and specifications on the most important materials used in VAUDE products, especially on "critical" aspects such as the production of biobased and fossil plastics, recyclability, animal welfare, impact on climate, water, land use change / deforestation, biodiversity, as well as genetic engineering and nanotechnology.
We based our ratings of materials on the Planetary Impact Boundaries model (read more here), as well as the Higg Materials Sustainability Index (read more here).
In order to consider the recyclability of our materials, we have defined evaluation criteria for practical recyclability and biodegradability based on all the data available to us.
Fossil raw materials are limited, and their extraction and production cause great environmental damage. As a society, we must manage to transitionto a climate-neutral circular economy within planetary impact limits. VAUDE is already working diligently on this:
By 2024, 90 % of all VAUDE products will have a recycled or biobased material content of more than 50 %.
Here you can find out more about the circular economy at VAUDE.
You can find out how the use of recycled and biobased materials affects our climate footprint here
With your purchasing decisions, you can help to make your product more environmentally friendly:
Transparency throughout the supply chain is important, but it is often non-existent in textile production. VAUDE has been publishing the origin of all materials for many years. And, of course, all countries of production – read more here
We help our suppliers to work more environmentally friendly: With the Vendor Management und den VAUDE Vendor Management and the VAUDE Vendor Club. Find out more here.
People and the planet go hand in hand. As a Fair Wear Foundation member with leader status, we ensure fair working conditions. More about it here.