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Materials selection

The considerations we make when we source materials are decisive for our products’ environmental footprint. Our products contain raw materials, both natural and synthetic, all of which have an environmental impact in manufacturing and conversion from raw material to finished product.

It is in the design stage of our products that we can really make a difference. One of the most important factors is that we develop high quality products that have a long service life. There are many choices of different materials, and we endeavor to always keep up to date on the options that ensure better environmental performance and any new, innovative materials we can test. We are committed to avoiding the use of harmful chemicals by opting for bluesign®-approved materials and suppliers.
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All of our down is 100 % certified to the Responsible Down Standard (RDS). We require all down used in our products to be a residual product from food production. Because of our commitment to animal welfare, we also decline to do business with suppliers who remove down and feathers from live birds (live-plucking or molt-harvesting) and/or who practice force feeding. In addition, Bergans’ down supplies are tested by the IDFL (International Down & Feather Laboratory) before being used in our products. This guarantees both you and us high quality and ethically produced down.

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Animal welfare is an important aspect of our corporate responsibility. One of our strict requirements is that all the wool in our products must be non-mulesed. We verify compliance by requiring a certificate issued by reliable international organizations for every single consignment of wool. This allows us to trace the wool back to the country of origin.

Recycled Materials

We use recycled materials in a number of our products. One such material, Repreve®, is used in several of our t-shirts and also the Sira pants and shorts. Repreve® is recycled polyester made from recycled plastic bottles. In a number of our padded garments, we use PrimaLoft® Silver Insulation Eco, which is an insulating material made from recycled, post-consumption materials. We also use recycled wool in a number of our products.

Products in Repreve®

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Organic Cotton

We take the problems posed by the cotton industry seriously, and use organic cotton in more and more of our products. Organic cotton is cultivated without the use of hazardous chemicals, chemical pesticides and artificial fertilizers. To guarantee that the cotton we source is organic, we require our suppliers to provide proof of their approved certification from Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS), Institute for Marketecology (IMO) and Control Union.