Product Sustainability - Craftsmanship that's kinder to the world we love to explore
While we take care to run lower-energy offices and are passionate about our charity partnerships, we know that manufacturing is where outdoors brands create their biggest impacts – and can make the most meaningful improvements. That’s why we research, develop and invest in new eco-friendly materials, find emission reducing production processes, and work hard to minimise our impact at every stage in a product’s lifecycle from its design and production through to its use and disposal.
Our award-winning dyeing technology, Colourkind, is a woven fabric that is kinder to the environment as it goes through fewer dyeing stages, compared with regular fabrics. Resulting in 89% water savings, 63% less chemicals used, and 60% reduced CO2 emissions.
This improved way of dyeing also means the fabrics colour will not fade, so your Colourkind gear will always look bright and new.
Find out more about our innovative Colourkind fabric here.
Compared to traditional processes, the manufacture of one Colourkind shirt and pair of trousers saves 100 litres of water – that’s a full bathtub – and 300kg of CO2 emissions, as much as you’d make driving a car for 12 hours!
We use recycled fabrics in more and more of our products, but only those made with more than 50% recycled content are awarded our MADEKIND™ label.
Up to 12.7 million tonnes of plastic waste enters our oceans each year and plenty more ends up in landfill. By reusing this plastic to create new fabrics we reduce waste sent to landfill, by choosing recycled gear you can help to keep plastic from polluting our waterways and reduce our dependence on oil while also cutting CO2 emissions.
We’ve been using recycled materials now in our products since the 70s when our new Yeti gaiter, which incorporated old tractor inner tubes, set a new standard in foot protection.
We are proud to be the first British brand to join the bluesign® system. bluesign® is the industry leading 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.
We use the system to identify and work with the most responsible suppliers in the business so that when you see the bluesign® logo on a Berghaus product you can be confident that chemicals used in its manufacture have been handled in the safest way throughout the whole process. If a product contains more than 90% bluesign® approved fabrics it will achieve the MADEKIND™ label.
Down is an important material for Berghaus because of its excellent insulation properties when high performance standards are required. We use synthetic insulation in selected products, but down remains the preferred choice of many of our athletes, adventurers and customers. Berghaus is certified to the RDS (Responsible Down Standard), which describes and (independently) certifies animal welfare practices in down and feather production from the farm to the final product.
Find out more about the RDS here.
For more details on how we manage other animal-based products you can read our Ethical Materials Policy here.
We’re not just looking at the fabrics we use but every stage in a products lifecycle from its design and production to its use and disposal.
We recognise that working together in collaboration with other brands and stakeholders to tackle some of the bigger issues allows us to drive greater improvement than working on our own. We collaborate with other outdoor brands through the European Outdoor Group and the Outdoors Industry Association’s Sustainability Working Group, and are also members of: