October 15, 2018

Sustainable products

Our central concern is the impact of our products – in their design, production, use, and end of life. So we decided to apply, as far as possible, the principles of the circular economy to our product-development process.

DESIGN

We design sustainable products. Some are carried over from year to year, and they are all optimized to reduce our materials consumption and production wastage.

MATERIALS

Thanks to our own in-house standard, LOW IMPACT, we are making yearly progress by growing the share of certified products in our collection. Today, more than 50% of our collection meets our standard’s stringent environmental criteria.

In our apparel design policy, we also prefer materials with a low environmental impact such as organic cotton (20% of our cotton garments), recycled polyester (10% of our synthetic materials) and bio-sourced materials.

Lastly, it’s essential for us to offer you apparel that cares for your health and the environment. So we are proud to only use fabrics that are Bluesign or Oeko-Tex certified.

BLUESIGN® APPROVED FABRICS

41% of our 2017 products are designed with Bluesign® Approved Fabrics. This guarantees even tighter and more extensive requirements regarding the chemicals used in producing our materials. This means enhanced safety for the production process, the environment, and consumers.
Our 2020 target is a collection that is 90% designed with Bluesign® Approved Fabrics

OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100

72% of all our 2017 products use materials certified to Oeko-Tex® Standard 100, which guarantees they contain no chemicals harmful to the health of the people who make them or wear them.
Our 2020 target is to achieve a collection that is 100% certified to Oeko-Tex® Standard 100.

 

PRODUCTION

During the production phase, we retrieve surplus fabric directly from our plants. Typically, there’s not enough to make a whole garment, but too much to discard in its current state. To avoid waste, we reuse fabric offcuts in regular employee-led workshops that teach sewing and how to make tote-bags, for distribution inside the company. The tote-bag is a sustainable and eco-friendly item intended to replace plastic bags, which are still far too common in our daily lives.

 

DURABILITY

We trust in the quality of our materials and in our production partners. For several years now, Eider products have come with a full lifetime warranty against any defects.
If a manufacturing defect should appear during the life of your Eider product, please contact us. We will repair it in our in-house workroom, or exchange it if it’s unrepairable.

 

USE

To make your garments last longer, we recommend following the care instructions that we provide in our products (sewn-in label) or on our website: HERE .

In particular, it’s important to reproof your garments at least once a year using biodegradable, PFC-free products.

 

END OF LIFE

At our HQ in Annecy, France, we have a prototyping and repair workroom where all after-sales returns are handled. More than 27% of items received by our After-Sales Service are repaired in-house, then sent back to their owner; 10% are reconditioned for second-choice resale; 41% are sent to a partner who converts them into small bags and accessories in a social-integration workroom; and the remaining 22% are sent to a textile-recycling program.

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