Biodegradable, plant-based materials part of SCARPA 'Planet Friendly'

Eight new models from SCARPA embody the footwear brand’s new ‘SCARPA Planet Friendly’ initiative, a commitment to sourcing and employing recycled content materials and finding other ways to lessen its carbon footprint.
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BOULDER, Colo. – Five new models of trail runners and light hikers from SCARPA for Spring 2010 embody the footwear brand’s new ‘SCARPA Planet Friendly’ initiative, a commitment to sourcing and employing recycled content materials and finding other ways – such as midsoles that biodegrade in landfills – to lessen its carbon footprint.

Let’s face it: Almost no products are ‘green.’ Making a product still requires energy and the process uses materials. But that doesn’t mean that a company can’t be forward-looking about sourcing recycled materials and incorporating them into its supply chain, especially when those materials are as high-performing as traditional ones.

In fact, SCARPA has been using recycled content materials in different aspects of its hiking line for years. And this winter, it will unveil the world’s first line of ski boots made largely from plastic derived from plants rather than petroleum.

The new ‘Planet Friendly’ initiative for Spring 2010 not only marks SCARPA’s most comprehensive effort at building footwear using recycled and biodegradable technology, it also marks the beginning of an effort to let consumers know what it is doing to try to use less, and what it is doing to make materials purchases count in terms of supporting lower-impact technology. Five new shoes, the Pursuit and Pursuit GTX (trail runners), the Epic (hiking/approach shoe built on a trail runner chassis) and the Moraine and Moraine GTX (light hikers), incorporate the following ‘Planet Friendly’ materials choices.

• Midsoles use EcoPure, an additive that helps the EVA break down in roughly 20 years under landfill conditions versus more than 1,000 years for normal EVA

• 100 percent recycled webbing and lace

• 100 percent recycled lining; 70 percent recycled strobel

• 40 percent recycled synthetic leather

• 29 percent recycled polyester mesh

• 25 percent recycled rubber outside

Moving forward, the SCARPA Eco ski boot program, telemark and alpine-touring boots made from Pebax Rnew, a version of the Pebax plastic that is made 90 percent from oil derived from the castor plant instead of petroleum-based oil, will also fall under the SCARPA Planet Friendly designation. Pebax Rnew is the same material as Pebax, with the same high-end performance characteristics, except that it requires 29 percent less fossil fuel and puts out 32 percent fewer emissions in the process taking Rnew from raw to useable material.

“Sourcing new technologies that help us lessen our impact is an ongoing process, and the Planet Friendly initiative is about letting our customers know in very specific terms how we’re trying to incorporate these emerging technologies into our line, not about ‘another green story’ or about congratulating ourselves,” said SCARPA North America CEO Kim Miller. “SCARPA Planet Friendly is a continuous effort to reduce our impact on the environment. If we do our job right, we’ll help drive demand for better and better technologies that help us continue to lessen our footprint.”

About SCARPA and SCARPA North America

Founded in 1938, SCARPA builds performance footwear for climbing, hiking, skiing, mountaineering, trail running and other outdoor pursuits from its headquarters in Asolo, Italy. SCARPA has been owned and operated by the Parisotto family since 1956. In 2005, SCARPA opened its North American headquarters in Boulder, Colo., staffed and directed by veterans of the North American outdoor industry, to oversee sales, marketing and distribution in the U.S. and Canada. For more information about SCARPA footwear, visit www.scarpa.com.

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