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BEST CLOSED: OUR MATERIAL CYCLES

 

We try to use materials that are not merely recycled but are, above all, recyclable. And that means circular.

 

Ever since FREITAG was founded, we’ve been thinking and acting in cycles and working with used materials.To ensure that even the most durable bag doesn’t end up in the trash after its second or third owner, we are trying to make things more and more circular. So we intend to use more materials that can be returned to the cycle at the end of the bag's life and increase their share continuously.

 

You can see how we plan to achieve this goal and what we already do on our Circularity Roadmap.

 

Material Cycle Materialverbrauch

B-stock: airbags, seat belts. Recycled: PET fabrics and lining. Upcycled: discarded truck tarps. New materials: mesh, padding, zippers, buckles, etc.

DISCARDED TRUCK TARPS

 

Truck tarps are robust and long-lasting, and even when used are still a good source material for our kind of bags. Our upcycling approach is designed to extend the life of this durable material.

 

After spending an average of six years on the road, the tarp assumes a new role and survives for many more years as a bag. External calculations have shown that using old truck tarps instead of new material reduces our CO2 emissions by 22%.

 

Since 2022, apart from the actual tarps, we have also been collecting the reflectors glued onto them and using them selectively in bag production.

 

To ensure the safety of our products, we test incoming truck tarps for undesirable constituents and separate unsuitable ones. Before transforming the tested tarps into bags, we wash and disinfect them. This way, we can be sure to eliminate bacteria or mold.

 

Unfortunately, the polyester/PVC compound can’t be separated. So, after spending their long second lives as FREITAG bags, the tarps end up in the trash. To help prevent this from happening in the future, we’ve started working on a project with other partners: We’re developing a circular truck tarp.

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Answers to the questions people often ask about our materials – and much more – can be found in our FAQs.

This is how we transform old truck tarps into unique bags.

This is how we get all the used truck tarps.

DISCARDED PET BOTTLES

 

The fabrics used as the linings for our bags or as the main material for some models are made of 100% recycled PET and dyed using spinneret technology. In this process, the yarn is dyed during the actual spinning rather than as a finished fabric.

 

The method is much more environment-friendly than traditional dyeing because it requires 75% less water, 90% fewer chemicals and 30 to 40% less energy.

SELECTED B-STOCK

 

B-stock goods, or “seconds”, are materials or articles that do not make it into theusual sales channels for any of several reasons: they may not meet the quality standards for their original purpose, have minor visual defects or have been used as display items. Provided this does not compromise their quality for our intended use, we give such B-stock goods from other industries a new lease of life. 

 

Currently, we’re processing B-stock bike inner tubes and seat belts for various products and airbag B-stock for the F707 STRATOS Pop-Up-Backpack.

So airbags taken out of service get a meaningful new task as backpacks.

How we give discarded PET bottles a second life.

NATURAL FIBERS

 

From 2014 to 2023, we produced F-ABRIC, a clothing line made of textiles developed in-house and containing bast fibers (linen and true hemp) and modal. The material was produced in Europe with minimal use of resources, is hard-wearing and fully biodegradable.

 

The raw materials for F-ABRIC all came from European growers. The focus was on preserving soil quality, using water efficiently and not using pesticides. We also kept the use of chemicals as low as possible during processing and dyeing. Every stage in the production of F-ABRIC took place a maximum of 2,500 kilometers away from Zurich.

 

F-ABRIC textiles come without rivets, zippers and synthetic constituents and are 100% biodegradable. Our garments become breeding grounds for new raw materials, and we thus close the biological cycle.

 

However, since we would now like to devote ourselves increasingly to closing various technical cycles – the development of a circular truck tarp and a circular backpack, for example – we will no longer be producing or further developing F‑ABRIC.

FREITAG F-ABRIC Material Cycle

To fully exploit the potential of F-ABRIC, it needs a textile-specific environment. So, because we endorse the principles of steward-ownership, we’re trying to further develop F-ABRIC outside FREITAG lab. ag.

WORN-OUT SKI BOOTS

 

To ensure our smartphone protective cases are circular despite the rapidly changing sizes of devices from one generation to the next, we use recycled thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU-R) made from worn-out ski boots.

 

This mono-material is recyclable up to seven times. It’s flexible, robust and shock-absorbent, and therefore ideal for making custom-fit smartphone sleeves from it repeatedly. What is special about the new TPU-R material, in addition to the take-back system, is the very short distances in the supply chain: the entire production process, from raw material procurement to preparation and processing to the final product itself takes place in Switzerland within a radius of 150 km from Zurich.

R-TPU Granulat

For the development of this product, FREITAG cooperated with a Swiss developer and manufacturer of plastic filaments and with a Davos-based recycling specialist, where people with disabilities dismantle old ski boots and prepare them for new applications.

NEW MATERIALS

 

We only use new material where we have not yet found a recycled alternative that meets our quality standards. This principle applies to zippers, buckles and snap fasteners, for example, which must be particularly resilient. You can find all replacement parts for free in the Spare Parts Store.

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