Natural or recycled materials
100% of SNAP materials have less impact on the environment than traditional materials.
A good material is always a matter of balance and choice. For us, it must be durable, flexible, stretch, use materials that have the least possible impact on the environment, be recycled or consume less water and respect natural ecosystems. Each product is designed around a use that defines the style of the material. Then we develop and manufacture it in the best possible conditions.
Gentle reminder: organic cotton uses 50% less water than traditional cotton, no pesticides or chemical fertilizers. That’s sustainability 101. Non-organic cotton should no longer even exist. The one we use is GOTS certified, a guarantee of seriousness and quality that gives us 100% trust in the production and ensures a decent income for the farmers.
A material resulting from the spinning of wood cellulose fibres from sustainably managed forests. Modal is more flexible and softer than cotton, combined with organic cotton it is a particularly interesting alternative because it is more pleasant to wear, keeps its suppleness and colours longer than organic cotton alone, and absorbs moisture better.
Close to modal, the wood we use is not the same. We associate it with merino to combine the antibacterial qualities of these two materials and bring softness and suppleness.
Formerly used for ropes, we love hemp because it does not require irrigation or fertilizers to grow. Moreover it is positive for the regeneration of the soil. Its yarn is very resistant and, since it is a little rough, it is combined with organic cotton to make T-shirts that are particularly pleasant to wear.
Now well known because it is increasingly used in technical clothing, we associate merino wool with tencel for their thermo-regulating and antibacterial qualities. Our wool comes from farms that respect animals and do not practice the mutilating technique of mulesing, which avoids the loss of wool production due to bacteria. 100% natural and renewable.
For technical products, natural materials are no longer sufficient. So we choose recycled materials. Our polyester comes from recycled bottles that we turn into thread that we can weave. It takes 25 bottles to get a yard of PE 900 denier, very strong for the top of crash-pads and for some bags. We use 600-denier one for the underside of the pads and bags, and a mix of organic cotton or elastane to contribute to the lightness and strength of some garments.
Similar to PE but with other properties, made from fishing nets collected from the oceans and recycled, nylon is used in our Soft Shell and Shell Jacket jackets.
The only material that we have not yet managed to improve from an impact point of view, indispensable for the stretch we are looking for in our clothes so that they are comfortable for both our daily life and our sport sessions. We are closely monitoring the progress made by the textile industry to develop recycled yarn.