As well as now a brand-new version of Kånken is being launched with just one thing that is different: the materials used in Re-Kånken are 95% made from recycled materials, as well as are recyclable themselves. Kånken in its initial kind is already a product that has fairly little negative influence on the atmosphere.
Thanks to its straightforward, simple layout, it creates a lot less spill in its manufacturing than more difficult knapsacks. It is hardwearing, as well as it takes a look that has actually proven to be popular in the long term. So when the suggestion came up to try to make the most sustainable backpack ever before, we needed to discover a new strategy. ” We returned to the beginning with whatever except the classic style. The obstacle was in accomplishing the lowest feasible environmental impact while still meeting demands for a resilient as well as functional item,” claims Svante Björkroth, product developer at Fjällräven and also the man behind the project. While the initial Kånken was made from 3 various products– one for the backpack itself, one for the inner pocket and also one for the straps– Re-Kånken is made completely from one sort of material that has actually been woven right into textiles of differing thicknesses. The material we are discussing is recycled polyester.
An overall of eleven bottles are utilized to make one Re-Kånken and the task designers have actually bewared to examine that the bottles really have been made use of as well as left at a reusing centre before being used once more. Because this is the whole idea behind reusing. Beginning again with product option is a job that takes some time. The initial step was sourcing recycled material that can meet the longevity demands we have. It is insufficient to simply do toughness examinations in a research laboratory. The knapsack has to be created and also evaluated in reality as well. The bands need to be drawn and pulled around, it needs to be rubbed versus the back and used in daily life. When you take polyester from FAMILY PET containers it can be quite like plastic, and also not as matt and inflexible as the initial Kånken fabric. However by cleaning the recycled fabric so the outer strings were roughed up a little bit, the material got a more pleasing feel that Svante and his associates desired. It is actually rather like the original, except for a couple of details that are various. ” Re-Kånken needed to have its very own identification.
The round badge is still there, however Re-Kånken’s badge is stitched instead of sewn on,” states Svante Björkroth. In addition to the recycled element there is a big ecological gain in exactly how the fabric is colored. Conventionally, fabrics are colored at the end of their manufacturing process, after the thread is rotated and also the textile is woven. The screws of fabric are then submersed in vats of chemicals, rinsed in water as well as dried out in big stoves. The process calls for significant quantities of chemicals, water and also power. When Svante and also his coworkers were searching for more sustainable production methods, they succumbed to a technique called SpinDye ®. In this process, the dye is added when the recycled polyester fibres are spun right into thread. This indicates that huge amounts of chemicals, water and power are conserved. There are likewise various other, non-environmental advantages with this procedure. When you conventionally color textile, it is the surface area of the fabric that takes in one of the most color, yet with SpinDye ®, the color copulates right into the core of the thread. In this way, the colour uses better as well as doesn’t discolor in the sun so easily. SpinDye ®, nevertheless, is still more expensive than traditional dyeing. The reason for this is that there is still little demand for it. For an item to be easily recyclable, it can’t contain a lot of sorts of product.
Vendors require large orders for every colour before it deserves their while, yet with Re-Kånken, Fjällräven has actually risked to take the action. Today, it is just the switches, zippers and plastic fastenings on Re-Kånken that are not made from recyclable polyester. As well as these details are all conveniently gotten rid of. The knapsack would be recyclable already today so the infrastructure for textile recycling remained in place. ” The knapsack is suitable for reusing, but it is still a resilient item that will last for a long, long period of time,” Svante Björkroth points out. For him as well as his colleagues, the time they have actually invested in Re-Kånken has actually been greater than beneficial. ” There isn’t a handbook for just how to make a product as sustainable as possible. If it were very easy, everybody would certainly be doing it. We needed to produce a procedure and also find our own means to reach our goal. If various other business wanted to do the exact same, we can produce a need for spin-dyed yarn made from recycled plastic. The prices would certainly decrease and more items could be used this innovation.”