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“Recycling material and sustainability” is a research direction that many outdoor big names are working hard, but in terms of outdoor equipment production, sustainability is a difficult thing to measure. A good jacket may be made of recycled materials, but there are often other factors to consider, such as the recycling process or the cost of product transportation. In some cases, the product may have recyclable materials, but the membrane contains primitive plastics, that is, there are many factors to consider when making the best sustainable waterproof jackets.
Many brands now use recycling materials in their products -in fact, this is not far from the normal state. However, it should be noted that the scope of these recycled materials does not include a film, lining, and zipper part made of primitive plastic.
In general, regenerative nylon is often stronger and more durable than the recycled polyester, but this situation is not very common, because the recovery process is more tricky and the cost is higher.
As a consumer, when buying a jacket, if you want to pay attention to the impact of its sustainable, the following points are what we can investigate.
When buying a hard shell jacket, please check whether it can be recycled. The brand usually explains this in product information.
Too many jackets were wasted due to small problems such as zipper failure. Fortunately, more and more brands now consider repairing problems when making jackets. Therefore, before buying, you only need to check the description of the product repairs in the brand and evaluation, and the brand’s repair policy for this, such as Patagonia has its own “WORN Wear Plan”.
Among many waterproof jackets in the past, PFC chemicals with potential ecological hazards. Fortunately, many brands are now avoiding these materials and turning to better alternatives, but there are still conditions for using chemicals, such as GORE-Tex jackets contain PFC.
The latest 2022 appraisal 10 best sustainable waterproof jacket released by outdoor media “Outdoors Magic” has the following conclusions. Let’s take a look at this evaluation with friends who love outdoor.
1páramo velez waterproof jacket
Price: £ 300, weight: 605g, ecological level: 9/10
This jacket is very different from the following jackets to be described because it does not use a waterproof film. Instead, it uses a kind of thing called Nikwax analogy, which is a combination of fast -drying synthetic fabrics. It is treated with a special Nikwax hydrophobic solution. I do n’t know if you have noticed that the jacket wearing a GORE-TEX film will have a wet and cold feeling, but this jacket will not have this situation because it is very suitable for any humid weather during mild temperature or severe activities. Nikwax’s special advantage is that it is a water -based (a new type of environmentally friendly machine tool processing coolant), which does not contain harmful chemicals -no PFC. More importantly, the materials used for VELEZ have undergone fair trade certification, and the jacket can be recycled at the end of the service life.
Price: £ 450, weight: 465g, ecological level: 9/10
This is Patagonia’s first H2NO waterproof jacket that does not include any PFC. In addition to not containing PFC, this three -layer alpine coat is made of 100%recycled tear nylon fabric and sewn through fair trade certification. The overall design also includes some tiny details, such as two -way pits for ventilation, waist pockets, etc.
3ortovox 3L hard shell jacket
Price: 650 pounds, weight: 396g, ecological level: 9/10
According to the German brand ORTOVOX, this is suitable for skiing and climbers in remote areas. It uses a waterproof system called Demizax EV, which does not contain PFC. According to the long test of “Outdoors Magic”, its performance life is impressive. Some of the Merrust wool insulating materials, including chest and chin, are manufactured under the conditions of Fair Wear Foundation.
4montane Pac Plus XT jacket
Price: 240 pounds, weight: 375g, ecological level: 5/10
This lightweight jacket is suitable for fast and light mountaineering activities. The fabric uses a 100%plastic bottle recyclable material. Its film is a GORE-TEX Paclite Plus because it contains PFC. Montane is a brand that provides maintenance services. If any wear occurs during the life of the jacket, it can be sent to repair, but domestic users will be complicated. Functions include pit zippers for ventilation, cloakables that can be stored, and side pockets that can store maps.
5Craghoppers dynamic 12000 jacket
Price: £ 120, weight: 570g, ecological level: 7/10
Craghoppers has won the award -winning Dynamic 12000 jacket fabrics made of recycled polyester fabrics. Each jacket uses about 60 plastic bottles. The durable waterproof (DWR) processing here is also environmentally friendly, using Ecoshield’s chemicals based on plants, rather than harmful and durable all -fluoride compounds (PFC) found in many other waterproof jackets. Interestingly, the Dynamic 12000 is equipped with a special mesh lining containing six natural minerals. According to the official introduction, these minerals can reflect the body’s own infrared back to the body to improve the cycle of oxygen -rich blood and promote the promotion Cell regeneration. And as far as it has been introduced, Dynamic 12000, as a jacket that has won the ISPO award, is also very advantageous in terms of pricing.
6Helly Hansen Odin Mountain Infinity jacket
Price: £ 600, weight: 600g, ecological level: 7/10
This is a jacket without any chemicals, which means that there is no PFC that is not harmful to ecology in the waterproof treatment (DWR) of the fabric. Another indirect advantage that does not use DWR is that the jacket does not require drum drying after washing, which is also related to its color -compared with the standard chromosome process, this technology reduces the use of chemicals and water. The details of this durable mountain shell include easy -to -use cuffs, which can be adjusted with one -handed hem, a comfortable chin cover and seat belt.
7halti Next Generation jacket
Price: £ 249, weight: 600g, ecological level: 6/10
This jacket not only is made of recycling materials without PFC, but its design can be easily recycled after use. Its design can also be repaired through zipper, pull ring and panel. The main materials used here are two layers of polyester with 50%recyclable ingredients. The outer layer has a very durable feeling, but the touch is still soft and smooth. The mesh and smooth polyester are mixed as lining.
8klättermusen allgron 2.0 jacket
Price: £ 372, weight: 624g, ecological level: 10/10
Klkttermusen Allgeron 2.0 is made of a material called Ultramid Bio-Mass Balance. This material is a polyamide derived from renewable resources. The waterproof coating does not contain any harmful carbonic carbonic compounds. And the zipper of this jacket can also be replaced during damage, and it has strong durability.
9Columbia Outdry EX ECO II jacket
Price: 130 pounds, weight: 450g, ecological level: 6/10
Outdry Extreme is a waterproof and breathable raincoat with a durable waterproof layer outside with soft and sweat -absorbing fabrics. This concept is not to hide the waterproof film under the outer fabric, but to place the most important part of the raincoat (the part that keeps you dry) in the front and middle. It can be said that the best point of this technology is that it does not need to use DWR waterproof treatment on the fabric, which means that there is no PFC. Most importantly, all the edges of this jacket are made of recycled materials, including zipper, elbow, hole eyes, pads, labels and lines.
10FJällr hven High Coast Hydrant jacket
Price: £ 200, weight: 317g, ecological level: 9/10
Almost like all the coats of FJällräven, High Coast Hydrant is an environmentally friendly clothing, which is made of regenerative nylon. The fabric is made of 100%polyamide recycling material. The back uses PU (polyurethane) waterproof and breathable layer, and is decorated with raised internal printing to improve performance and better personal comfort. The function design of this jacket is relatively simple, but it provides everything required for daily use and leisure wear, including a three -way adjustable cover and zipper handbag, and underarm zipper for ventilation.
Author of this article: a little meow, responsible editor: Gong Dali
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