VeloElan

Sustainable Materials

As cyclists, we have a deep connection to nature. On our best days, we relish in its beauty. On our worst days we fight a losing battle against its ferocity. But more than ever it is nature’s vulnerability that we see the most.

That’s why we aim to be more than just sustainable. We want to be regenerative. That’s why our cycling clothing is made by taking plastic waste out of the ocean. It’s what makes us ensure that our manufacturing processes are sustainable and ethical. Most importantly, it drives us to give back by directly supporting and sponsoring conservation projects.

Recycled Polyester

We use fabric made from 100% post-consumer PET polyester for our Recycled Jersey. This fabric is made from recycled plastic bottles. The bottles are chopped, melted and reformed into chips. These chips are then turned into a fine polyester fibre, which is light, breathable and quick drying (perfect for summer days in the saddle).

Not only does this mean that we can re-use plastic waste, but this process also only uses around half of the energy of the production of virgin plastic. Each kilogram of plastic recycled through this process saves nearly three kilograms of greenhouse gases.

Plastic Bottles - Recycled Polyester

Recycled Elastane

We use 100% recycled elastane in our Recycled Jerseys and Better Bib Shorts. This material is produced in collaboration with Asahi-Kasei. The entire process takes place in their Germany plant so that the entire supply chain for this material is based within the EU.

The recycling process for this material is one of the most sophisticated in the world. The process uses closed loop systems, which means effectively zero water waste and a yarn recovery rate of almost 90%.

Crucially, the material produced by this process could not be better for bib shorts. It is durable, stretchy and made in a high-density knit. The stretch of this fabric ensures that your bib shorts stay tight to your legs, even while they are in movement. The high-density knit ensures an even muscle support across your legs and lower back.

Manufacturing Waste - Recycled Elastane

Recycled Nylon

Our bib short pads are made in part with a regenerated nylon yarn. This yarn is made from recovered fishing nets.

An estimated 640,000 tonnes of fishing waste equipment ends up in our oceans every year. We think that providing an economic incentive to tackling that waste is crucial. That’s why we work with fabric manufacturers who support the Healthy Seas clean up initiative.

The regenerated nylon yarn has exactly the same properties as virgin nylon, yet is made from 100% recycled materials. Further, the life of your bib-shorts is not the end of the road for this material. It can be recycled endlessly without losing any loss of quality.

Bib Short Padding

The foam in our bib shorts contains a magic ingredient: TENCEL™.

TENCEL™ is a compostable and biodegradable wood-based fibre. That means it is made from natural raw materials. The wood undergoes a closed loop process to turn it into soft and durable fibres.

This is an incredibly efficient production process. First, the water used in the process is recycled and re-used at various stages in the production. This means that the water cost of the process is kept to an absolute minimum. Second, the material recovery rate of this process is nearly 99%. That makes it one of the most energy efficient ways to make material.

The natural origins of TENCEL™ make it perfect for bib shorts. The material wicks moisture from the skin and dries quickly, so you stay dry all ride. The high elasticity means that the pads can stretch as you ride, while still maintaining strength and shape. The material is also anti-bacterial, which keeps the dreaded saddle sores at bay.

Finally, end of life care is not a problem. The material is compostable and biodegradable.