Like many environmental issues the subject of recycled materials is not a straight forward one. The approach must be holistic in order to develop truly sustainable and responsible products. Manufacturing process and distance travelled from source must be considered when selecting ‘responsible’ fabrics and components. Currently not all recycled fibre fabrics are as durable as existing ‘virgin fibre‘ fabrics, as recycled 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 TICCC products do not use recycled fabrics throughout its entire collection. As technology develops and improves 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, make versatile 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 ‘virgin fibre’ products is as important than making future products with recycled fibres or using other ‘future friendly’ technology.
We make our products in the best European construction houses to ensure our products stand up to the needs of our demanding sport. All fabrics used in the production of TICCC products have industry standard health, safety and environmental certification, such as Bluesign®, OEKO-TEX® and GRS.
The largest carbon footprint of a garment’s lifecycle is generated through laundering. Therefore it was important for TICCC to identify and offer a solution which can help counter the impact once the garment has left us. We have partnered with Guppyfriend. Guppyfriend have developed a washing bag which will reduce synthetic micro fibre pollution. Micro fibre pollution is a major threat to our rivers and oceans. The bag also helps prolong the lifespan of your TICCC garments.