Available this summer from Berghaus is the new ECO Wovens range of men’s and women’s performance outdoor summer clothing with a strong sustainability message. Unlike regular woven fabrics, Berghaus’ nylon yarn is subjected to a streamlined colouring process, bypassing the stages that contribute to the generation of most pollutants and the excessive consumption of water.
Not only is the manufacturing process of the fabric better for the environment, but because colour is added to the polymer melt before it is extruded into fibres, this results in improved colour fastness and quality too. For 2015, Berghaus has introduced a range of ECO Wovens shirts, trousers and shorts that are designed for outdoor adventures during the summer months.
During production, the typical savings of an ECO Wovens product versus regular fabric are 89% in water use, 62% in CO2 emissions, 63% in volume of chemicals and 67% in Chemical Oxygen Demand (COD). In a combination of a Berghaus ECO Woven pant and shirt, that is a saving of 100 litres of water, 110 kilowatts of power and 300kg of CO2 emissions. Many of the ECO Wovens products also incorporate POLYGIENE® anti-microbial treatment, both improving their performance and also meaning that they will need to be washed less often, saving more water during the lifetime of the products.
Berghaus ECO Wovens products will soon carry the bluesign® logo. bluesign® is a globally renowned initiative which works with chemical suppliers, textile mills and component manufacturers to eliminate harmful substances from the supply chain, ensuring that products are safe for consumers, workers and the environment.
Berghaus has become the first British clothing brand to join the bluesign® programme and its supply chain has been audited to ensure that its products meet demanding requirements in terms of hazardous substances, worker safety and environmental protection. The ECO Wovens range is the first from Berghaus to be bluesign® approved, and the company is aiming for 70% of its products to follow suit by spring/summer 2016.
All Berghaus ECO Wovens products are made out of performance fabrics that wick moisture, dry quickly and offer high levels of UPF protection, and all of the shirts feature Berghaus’ ARGENTIUM® baselayer technology.
Berghaus ECO Wovens products range in price from £45 to £60 and are available from www.berghaus.com and selected specialist outdoor retailers.