3,100,000 - that's the amount of PET bottles that have not landed in the garbage since 2013, but in the production of Affenzahn backpacks, accessories and kids luggage. For our fabrics we use textiles which consist of 50% recycled PET bottles. This is why there are three PET bottles in each of our Small Friends and six bottles in each of our Large Friends.
The bottles stem from Taiwan: they are collected locally near our fabric suppliers. Afterwards they get crushed into PET flakes and thoroughly cleaned. In the next step, the flakes are melted down to produce threads which can be made from the hot mixture - et voila, the yarn for our products is ready! You can read more about the complete production process in our article "From bottle to bag".
The fabrics of our backpacks are most often made from polyester. These polyester fabrics are usually made from crude oil. Alternatively, we use fabrics made from old PET bottles. Our fabrics are produced in Taiwan, where the following process takes place:
This recycling process is certified by the Global Recycling Standard.
Of course: PET recycling is also water- and energy-consuming. Compared to other polyester materials made from crude oil, however, it is much more resource-efficient: for example, we can reduce the amount of waste water in the manufacture of our backpacks by 20%, energy consumption by 50% and CO2 emissions by as much as 60%. In concrete terms, this means: 3.1 million recycled 0.5-liter PET bottles and 248 barrels of oil, 50,748 bathtubs full of water and 26 hot-air balloons filled with CO2, which we have been able to save since 2010.
In the ongoing manufacturing process of our products, we also make sure that we act conscientiously and use resources sparingly and that the effects of our production on people and nature are kept to a minimum. As a FOND OF brand, we (and many of our fabric and material producers) are therefore bluesign® Sytempartner.
As a bluesign® system partner, we are committed to using only certain chemicals in the production of our fabrics, especially when dyeing. These chemicals must then be filtered out so that they do not end up in the environment uncontrolled. In addition, all bluesign® system partners commit themselves to the following five principles: