Text Corinne Tâche-Berther – Photo Snowlife
Warm and dry fingers, even in rainy and snowy weather ? All those who know the pleasure of Snowlife gloves, know what I am talking about. Snowlife is at the summit, today even more than ever, by becoming the precursor of bluesign® labeled glove production. A conversation with their boss, Daniel Wenk concerning the challenge he has chosen to face. (more…)
An interview with Alex Strümann, by Corinne Tâche-Berther - Photo Pyua
IN BOTH 2010 AND 2011, YOUNG GERMAN FREERIDE BRAND PYUA WERE AWARDED THE ISPO AWARD FOR ECO RESPONSIBILITY IN TEXTILES. IT’S AN IMPRESSIVE ACCOLADE – AND EVEN MORE PROMISING WHEN YOU CONSIDER THAT THE BRAND HAS ONLY EXISTED FOR THREE YEARS. SO, HOW DID ITS FOUNDER, TIMO PERSCHKE, AND HIS EIGHT-MAN TEAM MANAGE TO PLACE SUSTAINABILITY, FUNCTIONAL WARM CLOTHES, STYLE, AND RECYCLING AT THE HEART OF THE DAILY WORK?
You call your philosophy ‘Ecorrect Outerwear.’ What precisely does that mean?
It means creating sustainable, functional clothing from recycled materials - which keep you warm and dry throughout winter, without being detrimental to the environment.
Your return policy is pretty unique. Tell us about that – how does that work?
For several years, there have been clothes made of recycled materials. (more…)
It is always very inspiring to talk to Peter about the textile and equipment production situation. Even if for some brands it seems a ‘Mission Impossible’, it is clear that in the near future there is no other way, then to really go green. In this second part of the interview with Mister Weaber we talk about fibers and resources. Thank you dear Peter, thanks to bluesign technologies, who give wings to all of those who want to make an effort.
Peter, what kind of resources should designers work with ?
We need to think about the future NOW and know that the waste of today is the resource of tomorrow. We need technical recycling systems for these “resources” world wide – we know that we do a good job in Switzerland but in developing and emerging markets, where the actual production is done, those systems are completely non-existent. To think that there is more gold to be found in electronic waste than in the mines of South Africa…then you understand what we are talking about.
It’s a different story all together with noble earths – these metals are used for high tech products. Indium for example is already finished in 2010. It is a rare metal and it’s necessary for screens. The problem is that the recycling quota is smaller then 1 %. (more…)