Quechua eco-design policy
Motivated by its aspiration to make the pleasures of mountain hiking accessible to the widest possible audience, and driven by the current context of a polluted environment, global warming and the depletion of fossil fuels, whether it is oil or coal in particular, Quechua has become aware of its impact on the planet.
Richard Alglave, Quechua eco-design manager: "Since 2005, Quechua has launched many actions to reduce the impact of their products. First, our teams lead a drive to improve our current products :
- Optimisation and reduction of packaging and sub-packaging
- Optimised use of textiles
- Optimisation of logistics flows
- Withdrawal of free plastic bags in our Domancy store, exchanged for reusable bags.
Then, at the end of 2007, we noticed that to go further and lead stronger and more ambitious projects, Quechua would need to concentrate on full ranges of eco-designed products. This was implemented in the 2009 baby textile range for example: in addition to the use of more environmentally-friendly raw materials, organically produced cotton and recycled polyester, we optimised the products by working upstream with pattern makers to limit fabric waste when designing the patterns
The name eco-friendly Quechua was born of the association between our vision of mountains - Friendly Mountain - and the desire to respect the environment in which we enjoy our sports.
The mountain is our playground. To make sure it remains accessible to all for as long as possible, we have to make an effort, particularly by using eco-friendly design for our products.
Equipment which fulfils the eco-design specifications, established by Oxylane, enter the list of Quechua eco-friendly products.
In addition to the eco-design policy, Quechua and Mont-Blanc Campus work with Mountain Riders and Asters, as well as the Mountain wildlife centre.