SUSTAINABLE FABRIC: THE OCEAN COLLECTION
8. November 2018
We are the first footwear manufacturer to use sustainable and regenerated ECONYL® material to produce three models for its new Ocean Collection!
According to researchers there are around 640,000 tons of discarded fishing nets in the oceans of the world, greatly endangering global birdlife and aquatic animals. Upcycling involves recycling these waste nets to create a 100% regenerated nylon product. Dachstein is the first footwear manufacturer to integrate the innovative and sustainable ECONYL® yarn into its new Dachstein Ocean Collection, breaking completely new ground in the use of new and sustainable materials. The collection consists of three models – the Ocean GTX boot for men, and the two women’s models – Ocean High WMN and Ocean Low WMN.
A broad coalition of initiatives and organisations has dedicated itself to the collection of the world’s ‘nylon-6’ waste in the process of cleaning up the oceans of the world. Subsequently, the nylon waste is brought to the ECONYL® collection and processing centre in Slovenia, where it is washed, shredded, compacted and packaged. The next step is what makes this system so special: In contrast to mechanical recycling, the environmentally sustainable chemical treatment enables all unwanted substances to be removed to guarantee 100% premium goods quality. After this the plants in Arco, Italy, process the PA6-polymers, transforming them into BCF carpet yarn and the NTF yarn used in textiles. This is unique because ECONYL®-yarn is a sustainable and highly durable substance, and the regeneration process can be repeated infinitely without any loss of quality.
The clouds are reflected in the puddles all over the roads and pavements. Isolated rays of sunlight begin to struggle through. The streets are empty after the rain. It’s a perfect opportunity to explore the town – with the right footwear, of course: The Ocean GTX boot for men is a great-looking companion for every day of the week. It’s made of high-quality full-grain leather and keeps the water out with a waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex® membrane. Dachstein rounds off the classic look with comfort inserts made from regenerated ECONYL® nylon mesh over the ankles and on the tongue in cognac or graphite. The fabric is both ecologically sustainable and also gently caresses the ankles. It’s so comfortable, many will never want to take it off. The boot is completed with a Vibram® Betulla sole to ensure men are guaranteed sure footing on cold winter walks thanks to the grippy Gumlite foam compound.