Montane may not be one of the iconic names of outdoor gear, having only been around for 16 years. But they are taking it to the big boys by offering part of their outdoor sport clothing line in eco materials. The garments shown below, for example, use recycled polyester in either shell fabrics or insulations. Yet British-based Montane are still able to offer their signature low weight and pack size, demonstrating that eco-textiles still offer performance characteristics.
The Prism Jacket, on the left, weighs just 420 gm (14.8 oz) but is an insulated hoody filled with Primaloft Eco insulation, which comprises 50% recycled content. To the right is the Filament Jacket windshell, made from Pertex Quantum and Microlight Eco fabrics with more than 98% recycled content. This jacket hits the scales at a barely there 185 gm (6.5 oz).
Pertex is a premium outdoor fabric also used for sleeping bags and rainwear, but with a heritage born of making high specification parachute cloth. In recent years they've teamed up with Teijin of Japan, as a partner of their Eco-Circle polyester recycling program. The likes of Patagonia and Nau also work with Teijin to obtain some of their recycled fabrics. Compared to the production of virgin polyester Eco-Circle fabrics are said to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 77%, energy consumption by 84% and oil consumption by 100%.
It's great to see the smaller British outdoor companies, like Montane (and our pals at Finisterre) embracing a greener path.
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