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MATERIALS: WHY…YES!

100RECYCLED POLYESTER

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Obtained from common plastic bottlesrecycled polyester has been used for many years in theclothing sector with enormous benefits to the environment: it allows for not wasting non-renewable resources, such as oil, and reduces the amount of plastic that is disposed of in landfillsMoreover,thanks to new manufacturing processes that have significantly reduced energy use during recyclingpolyester has further improved its environmental performance and is available on the market at affordable prices. This is a very important step forward if you take into consideration that, up to a fewyears ago, it could hardly compete with what was obtained from cheaper virgin fibres.
Quagga uses only recycled polyester produced in Italy, in the province of Como, obtained from 100recycled fibres with a tracking system guaranteed by the Chamber of Commerce. This fabric, after it has undergone various dyeing and finishing processes, comes to cost about 8 Euro per linear meter and,considering that 3 to 6 meters are used per single garment depending on the model (outdoor fabrics, linings, hoodsquilts, inner vests if present), it affects the cost of the finished product by 10-12%.

100RECYCLED POLYESTER PADDING
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The padding used for Quagga garments is made with100recycled fibers by Frana Polifibre S.p.A.(Bergamo) and processed by Imbotex Srl (Padova). The use of padding can vary from 1 meter to 4meters for long garments with detachable inner lining: the average cost is 4 Euros per modelwith anincidence of about 1% on the cost of the finished product.

ZIPPERS, METAL ELEMENTS, AND LABELS

cerniere ecologicheThe zippers we have selected are free of PVC (a substance banned by the GOTS regulation – Global Organic Textile Standard)and are made ​​of nylon on polyester stripsOur research of similar productsmade ​​from recycled plastics has been uselessthelittle zipper teeth are constantly subjected to strainand severe mechanical stress, therefore, the material that composes them must guarantee for excellent resistance to wear. Currently, only nylon and metalhave characteristics that are suitable for this functionGiven the choice, we focused on nylon: it can beeasily recycled with the fabrics and polyester padding of our productsThe cost of the zippers affects theprice of the finished garment by 2%.

Normal buttons and snaps, as well as zipper slidersbuckles, elastic stoppers and the Quagga metal emblem are made of ​​zamakan alloy composed primarily of zinc, aluminum, and magnesiumand they are nickel-free. Again, in this case, it is impossible to use natural or recycled materialsdue to the high stress to which the mechanical parts of the buttons and notions are subjected. Fortunately, zamak, as all metals, can be recuperated and recycled many times over (see the SECOND LIFE section). The average cost of the metal components (buttons + customized emblems) is about 14 Euro/garment, which affects the price of the finished garments by 3.5%.

The two internal labels are made ​​from organic cotton printed with environmentally-friendly ink. They are notnecessary, that’s truebut they are a useful (and sustainable) means of communication, also proving themoral value of the brand and certifying the incomparable set of virtues that characterize our products. Thecosts for domestic eco-labels are high7 Euro per garment, nearly 2% of the final price of the product.
Finally, there are other accessories that are not part of the garments but that allow for them to be keptstored, and shipped: the Liquid Wood hangers are made of biodegradable bio-plastic produced fromcellulose waste, the garment bags contain an enzyme called Ecopure, which enables them to rapidlydecompose and makes them totally biodegradable, while the shipping boxes are made from 100recycledcardboard, and the sealing tape is made of gummed paper.

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