Recycled plastics saves energy and oil
Icebug uses recycled material whenever it is possible, without compromising on functional quality. We use as much recycled content as possible to save raw materials, use less energy, and generate less climate emissions than virgin materials. Checking the footprint of our most used recycled materials (nylon and PET) in the Higg MSI data base shows that recycled material saves about 20-65% of carbon emissions.
The source of recycled materials can either be scraps from manufacturing or post-consumer waste. An example of post-consumer waste that we use is recycled PET (plastic) bottles. After the contents of the bottle have been consumed, it is recycled into something that we can use rather than ending up in a landfill. To ensure legitimacy, we partner with suppliers with certificates that guarantee the source and traceability of recycled materials (GRS certificates or similar).
Icebug aims to use recycled polyester in all polyester textiles that we use, to minimize our usage of new oil. Recycled polyester is used in upper textiles, lining, webbing and laces. We also use insulation materials such as PrimaLoft® Bio™ with fibers from 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) polyester material.
Polyester is one of the most used synthetic fibers in the world. Some of the benefits of using polyester fibers are that it is a durable and it does not absorb water. These are important properties for us because it means our shoes can withstand a lot of wear and that they won’t gain weight when running through water.
The Icebug shoes for Fall/Winter 2020 will have heel and toe reinforcements containing recycled nylon from used fishing nets by the company Milspeed. They also offer a closed-loop reprocessing of plastics by taking back production scraps.