MATERIALS

MATERIALS

The key to making our high-quality backpacks and sleeping bags is in using the very best materials.

The choice of materials and what production methods to use is based on the criteria of quality, durability, and sustainability.

 

In contrast to cheap imports, deuter has a say in determining the quality of its raw materials. Regular laboratory testing guarantees that legal requirements for the exclusion of pollutants such as AZO dyes, heavy metals, phthalates etc. are upheld. To ensure that deuter fabrics fulfil certain requirements and can withstand the extreme demands placed on them, we use fabric quality levels that surpass any standards. We also use creative, effective ways of combining the right materials to ensure our products are suited to the applications they are designed for.

The bluesign® Standard

The bluesign® Standard


We’ve applied the bluesign® Standard since 2008 as part of our efforts to minimize the impact of our manufacturing processes on the environment.

Unlike most eco-labels, the bluesign® System doesn’t just check the end product for harmful substances or chemical residue – it’s concerned with examining the manufacturing processes for all the individual components along the whole supply chain, and putting the fabrics that are used for our backpacks and sleeping bags through rigorous compliance checks. The same applies to the impact the manufacturing processes have on people and the environment.

Based on ‘bluesign® criteria’, manufacturing processes and components assembly are inspected and made more sustainable. One each step in the supply chain uses sustainable materials and manufacturing practices, a product can eventually achieve ‘bluesign® product’ status. Today, almost all deuter products are made with a high proportion of bluesign® certified fabrics and components. And we are steadily increasing the proportion of bluesign® certified fabrics we use: Verlinkung Ziele bis 2025.

Despite the complex nature of backpack and sleeping bag production, we have managed to achieve bluesign® product status for many of our products, and their numbers are ever increasing. Currently (as of September 2021), 19% of all backpack and sleeping bag models in our collection are bluesign® products, such as our lifestyle day packs, the Kikki children’s pack and all the down sleeping bags in the Astro series. Verlinkung Ziele bis 2025!

Responsible Down Standard – for the love of animals

Responsible Down Standard – for the love of animals

Since June 2015 we have only used Responsible Down Standard (RDS) certified fill for all our down sleeping bags. To obtain RDS certification, animal welfare and farming practices must be traceable throughout the entire production chain and meet the strictest requirements – from fledgling all the way through to finished sleeping bag. No live plucking, no force-feeding, traceability along the supply chain – animal welfare at every stage.

PFC-Free

PFC-Free

PFCs (per fluorinated and polyfluorinated compounds) are a group of chemicals that are harmful to the environment and to our health. PFCs are used in breathable membranes, for example, because of their water, dirt, and grease repellent properties. PFCs are particularly popular in the outdoor sector as a means for waterproofing textiles. But PFCs are persistent and bio accumulative (they accumulate within living organisms such as people, animals, and plants).

Since 2020, on health and environmental safety grounds, deuter has therefore made products that are entirely free from PFCs – but of equally high quality.

To ensure water and dirt repellent performance, deuter now only uses DWR (Durable Water Repellent) finishes that are PFC free and not harmful to health or the environment. This special kind of finish causes water to bead off the surface of textiles. Keeping the fabric dry, and nature intact.

Recycled materials

Recycled materials

   
When it comes to the selection of materials we use for our collection, we are steadily using more recycled fabrics.

 

Depending on their availability, it is our goal for at least 50% of the fabrics we use to be made from recycled synthetic fibers by 2025.

The two most important ones we use are recycled polyamide (PA = nylon) and recycled polyester (PES).

Polyamide is extremely abrasion resistant and colorfast. For a thin, lightweight fabric it is also highly durable. Polyester does not absorb moisture, does not fade as fast in UV light, and has a pleasant textile feel. Both of these synthetic fibers are very strong and extremely durable, and they are primarily used in deuter products as outer fabric or lining fabric.

The recycled PA currently used by deuter is made from post-industrial textile waste. This is referred to as pre-consumer waste, i.e. the waste is generated in the manufacturing process before it becomes a consumer product.

Recycled PES is made by recycling used PET bottles. This is therefore post-consumer waste, i.e. waste generated by the use and consumption of plastic products (PET bottles in this case).

There are also differences in the recycling processes used for rePA and rePES:

Recycled PA goes through an extensive chemical process to be recycled, while PES which is made from PET bottles is simply washed, shredded, melted down, and spun into yarn.

Making recycled fibers generally requires less CO2, less energy and less crude oil. RePES has an even better environmental footprint compared to rePA.

In 2020 we launched the UP series of day packs made entirely from recycled PET bottles and according to bluesign® standards. One UP day pack uses up 35-40 PET bottles (0.5 liters).

Upcycling bei deuter

Upcycling at deuter: Breathing new life into offcuts

The new Infiniti series launched in 2021 is wholly focused on sustainability. In keeping with the ‘new from old’ axiom, we’ve not only managed to reduce our ecological footprint and the amount of fabric waste we generate but are also able to support environmental projects around the world.

Our INFINITI series has given fabric remnants a new lease of life, while also supporting select environmental organizations through 1% for the Planet.

No matter how good the design calculations, the cutting process for making backpacks and sleeping bags always results in surplus fabric, which if not reappropriated goes to waste. Looking for suitable uses for these offcuts, our product team came up with the idea of developing a small collection made from 100% functional fabric remnants. The idea was to create a sustainably made collection of individual pieces for a broad range of uses. The new INFINITI series is a colorful assortment of one-off bags and backpacks that has repurposed 26,200 yards of remnants. That’s equivalent to around 5 soccer fields of fabric. We are donating 10% of revenue from sales of the INFINITI series to the nonprofit organization 1% for the Planet. 1% for the Planet supports businesses and individuals in giving back to the planet in the most impactful way possible by building strategic partnerships that connect funds with causes.

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