Sustainability

2021-09-06

Lorpen is using recycled thread in its SS 2022 Collection

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Lorpen, the leading domestic and international outdoor socks brand, has taken another step in terms of sustainability. And they've done it boldly by using recycled materials. They've replaced Coolmax® polyester in the new spring summer 2022 models with Coolmax® Ecomade, which is made entirely with recycled PET bottles and provides the same long lasting freshness you expect from the Coolmax® brand, but it's made with 97% recycled materials to help the environment.

Another new material is EcoTherm, a fiber from Unifi® that is made with 50% Sorbtek® polyester and 50% Repreve® polyester, which is 100% recycled from plastic bottles. Furthermore, other threads that have been replaced are the standard nylon, which is used to reinforce certain areas, and nylon blended with Lycra, which improves fit, that have been replaced with recycled nylon from fishing nets. Those threads have been used in the T3 Light Hiker, T3 Light Hiker Shorty, T2 Light Hiker, T2 Hiking, T3 Trail Running, T3 Trail Running Padded, T3 Running Precision Fit and T3 Running Padded models that have the word “Eco” added to their names to identify them. They all have the “Ecoengineered” seal that Lorpen has created for the models with recycled thread. The seal is printed on the packaging, which has also been updated to include information in a more visual way that is more understandable and lets the different product lines be classified by color.

This process of innovation is a response to the sustainable production business model followed by the brands that make up the Ternua Group. Lorpen has been moving in that direction for years. Their factory has ISO 14001 environmental certification, the electricity they use comes from renewable sources (solar panels), they don't use chemicals in final products or excess water in their production processes and, because of their location in Etxalar, 95% of the employees can come to work on foot or by bicycle.


In addition, all the plastic bags used in the factory are made with recycled materials and all the boxes have 60% recycled materials. In terms of the product, all the materials used are dyed and woven in Europe and they have Oeko-Tex certification that guarantees no part of the socks contains toxic substances.

If Lorpen took a turn in the way they design socks 2 years ago, this time the brand is focusing on starting a transition in materials by using sustainable materials without sacrificing technicity or functionality. The brand will keep using the process of implementing recycled thread in more models in upcoming collections with a commitment to ecodesign and providing outdoor lovers products with cutting edge technology that also environmentally friendly.  



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