Thursday, 22 September 2016 19:47

New Berghaus Island Peak jackets feature lower environmental impact dying technology

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Berghaus has launched the latest phase of its flagship sustainability programme with a major initiative for autumn/winter 2016.

For the first time, the brand has extended its award-winning COLOURKIND™ dyeing technology to include waterproofs, thanks to an exclusive partnership with GORE-TEX®. COLOURKIND™ partnered with GORE-TEX® features in the new Island Peak range of men’s and women’s four season walking jackets and is part of MADEKIND™, Berghaus’ ongoing project to reduce the environmental impact of its activities.

Colourkind beads

Berghaus COLOURKIND™ is a fabric dyeing technology that is kinder to the environment, with a particular focus on water. Compared with regular processes, Berghaus COLOURKIND™ fabric dyeing uses fewer stages, resulting in savings of 89% in water usage, 63% fewer chemicals used, and a 60% reduction in CO2 emissions. This is done by adding colour to the nylon chips before they are extruded into fibres, which also results in a higher quality fabric with improved colour fastness.

Working closely with GORE-TEX®, Berghaus has now used this ground-breaking technology to bring a new waterproof fabric innovation to the outdoor market. Exclusive to Berghaus, COLOURKIND™ partnered with GORE-TEX® is a new fabric that is 100% waterproof, while also being kinder to the environment. The fabric combines a waterproof and breathable 2L GORE-TEX® membrane with a 40 denier ripstop nylon COLOURKIND™ face.

For autumn/winter 2016, COLOURKIND™ partnered with GORE-TEX® features in the Island Peak collection of men’s and women’s all season walking jackets. The range includes: the men’s Island Peak 3-in-1 Hydroloft jacket (£320); the men’s and women’s Island Peak jackets (£220); and the men’s and women’s Island Peak 3-in-1 jackets (£280).

W Island Peak blue on model

Each product in the Island Peak collection is designed for year round walking in all weathers and is constructed to Gore's Extreme Wet Weather standard, with a comprehensive set of considered features. As well as the new COLOURKIND™ face fabric on the jackets, Berghaus has also taken environmental impact into consideration when choosing other materials that make up the garments. In the Island Peak 3-in-1 Hydroloft® jacket, the Hydroloft® Elite in the inner features 50% recycled fibres, and recycled fleece is used in the men’s and women’s Island Peak 3-in-1 jackets.

Island Peak 3 in 1 Blue

Berghaus launched its MADEKIND™ initiative in spring 2016. To earn the MADEKIND™ tag, products must meet at least one of three criteria: be made out of a bluesign® approved fabric; be made using the award winning COLOURKIND™ colouring process; or be made using recycled materials.

The Berghaus Island Peak jackets, along with the full autumn/winter 2016 collection, are available from www.berghaus.com and selected specialist outdoor retailers now.

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