40 years of passion for the mountains

 

Today, in the face of advancing climate change, our planet and our mountains are showing a fragility that we’ve long underestimated. The mountains are telling us that it is time to reevaluate. It is time to step up and take responsibility, to change course so that the children of tomorrow can experience the wonders of this planet in the diverse and fascinating form that we know it today.

 

VAUDE has taken on this responsibility for many years. As Europe’s most sustainable outdoor supplier, we are a pioneer, challenging conventions and pushing the limits to create forward-looking functional products and sustainable solutions through innovation. VAUDE takes its social and environmental responsibility very seriously. We breathe life into this maxim in all three of our business segments: Mountain Sports, Bike Sports and Packs ‘n Bags.

Watch the following video to know more about VAUDE and our CEO, Antje von Dewitz.

Responsibility, for People and Nature

We have been working with the strict environmental bluesign® standard since 2001, which controls the entire textile manufacturing chain. We were also the first Outdoor company to receive EMAS certification. We will also continue to improve our environmental performance in the future and have set ourselves the goal of gradually transforming the entire product palette so that it is manufactured according to the highest standards of environmental compatibility. We are working to make (y)our world a better place.

 

  • 98 % of our Apparel Collection is Green Shape (backpacks: 93 %, shoes: 43 %)
  • 100 % of our apparel is PFC-free (shoes: 98 %, backpacks: 98 %)
  • 100 % of our “Made in Germany” Collection is PVC-free with climate neutral production
  • 100 % of our producers and suppliers are disclosed in our sustainability report
  • 100 % of our manufacturers have committed to the Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL)
  • 98 % of our material suppliers have committed to the Manufacturing Restricted Substance List (MRSL)

 

Our goal is to create a balance between ecological, social and economic responsibility. The expense that this involves is enormous. But we are convinced that it makes sense and is worthwhile in the long term.

Good reasons to choose VAUDE

Eco-friendly products

We offer many environmentally friendly products that you can choose from with a clear conscience. All products that bear the Green Shape label are functional, environmentally friendly, made with sustainable materials and manufactured under fair production methods.

Fair products

Together with the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF), we are committed to ensuring good working conditions and fair wages at our worldwide suppliers, who are regularly monitored.

Easy to repair

We help you to maintain your equipment properly so that you can enjoy it as long as possible. And if something breaks down, our products are designed to be easily repaired, whether on your own or through our repair workshops.

Tested and recommended

Athletes and experts regularly test and evaluate our products Numerous product awards confirm that you can rely on your VAUDE equipment.

100% PFC-free by 2020

 

We need waterproofing: Textile surfaces are waterproofed with durable water repellency (DWR) to repel water and dirt. Without this surface treatment, the outer fabric would absorb rainwater and feel damp, even if the product had a waterproof membrane.

 

In the past, it was virtually impossible from a technological standpoint to produce an equivalent high-performance waterproofing agent without PFCs. Thanks to today’s innovative technologies, this is now no longer a problem.

 

The fact is, however, that oil repellency on fabrics is achieved only with the help of PFC. We have thoroughly examined the issue of whether outdoor products really need this feature and decided that for VAUDE, they do not – for the sake of the planet and the people who live on it.

 

VAUDE has taken on the responsibility and has voluntarily undertaken a commitment to manufacture its entire collection completely PFC-free by the year 2020.