Peak Eco takes home the Special Jury Prize at Paddle Expo
We are proud to announce that we have taken home the Special Jury Prize at this year's Paddle Expo trade show in Germany. We won the award for our Peak Eco project which comprises of our ongoing attempts to reduce our environmental footprint and increase awareness of the environmental challenges facing our sport and industry.
Paddle Expo is the biggest paddlesport trade show on the planet and takes place every year in Nuremburg, Germany. At the industry dinner and awards ceremony each year, the best new innovations, products and achievements are carefully chosen by an international panel of industry experts.
The Special Jury Prize is the final award handed out and competition is always fierce, with some fantastic entries being considered from companies all over the world. This year we were announced as proud winners and Pete led the team up on to the stage to accept the award.
A major factor in winning the award was that for 2020 all of our new whitewater and touring jackets and legwear are made from fabric containing recycled yarn. Products now featuring recycled fabric include the entire Tourlite range, our Adventure jackets, our Semi, Freeride and Deluxe jackets and all of our waterproof legwear. We have also reduced waste in our manufacturing process by creating a new One Piece Suit bag / changing mat, made entirely from surplus materials.
The recycling process is shown below, from bottle to finished product:
Another major part of the Peak Eco mission has been to remove all plastic from our packaging. We have been phasing out plastic bags for years and we have now removed them entirely. We now use recycled card hangtags attached with compostable hemp cord. Our shipping boxes all use paper tape instead of plastic parcel tape.
We switched to LED lighting in our offices and have been reducing plastic and waste in our everyday work environment. We now get all our milk delivered in glass bottles!
Last year we also set up the Paddle Peak local river user group which aims to promote paddlesports and responsible river use in the Derwent valley. Alongside other businesses and individuals in the area we have been organising regular river clean ups and trying to raise awareness of the importance of looking after our waterways, both on a local and global scale.
The full recycled range will be available in early 2020, with several products already out. We are continually looking at ways to reduce our footprint so watch this space! For more information on Peak UK and our Peak Eco project please get in touch or drop in at our Darley Dale showroom.