At present there is no legislation that defines when an garment can be defined or communicated as a ‘recycled’ garment. In some cases we suspect that consumers are purchasing products without truly knowing the exact ‘green’ credentials of what they have bought. Each garment in our Revive collection will state an ‘approximate’ percentage break down of recycled materials used in its construction.
Like many environmental issues the subject of recycled fabrics is not a straight forward one. The approach must be holistic in order to develop truly sustainable products. Durability, manufacturing process and distance travelled from source all need to be considered when selecting fabrics and components. For example not all recycled fabrics are currently as durable as existing ‘virgin’ fabrics. Recycling technology is still in ‘catch up’ phase. If the lifespan of a recycled alternative is dramatically reduced then this will negate the carbon footprint reduction. It is a balancing act full of pros and cons. This is why, at present, our products only feature certain recycled fabrics. As technology develops this will change.
One of the significant differences we can make is to continue to develop and produce high quality, durable products. Our make less, make better product philosophy delivers in line with our environmental goals. We use only the highest quality fabrics and components available as they last longer. Extending the lifespan of existing products is as important than making future products responsibly. We have partnered with Guppyfriend. They have developed a washing bag which will prolong the lifespan of your TICCC products. It will also help reduce synthetic micro fibre pollution which is a major threat to our rivers and oceans.
We make our products in the best European construction houses to ensure our products stand up to the needs of our demanding sport. Our quantities are carefully judged to ensure we minimise any surplus and waste.