All-weather mountain insulation combining warmth, breathability and protection.
Aimed squarely at those that are mountaineering, alpine climbing or hill walking, this year's Mountain Equipment Superflux Jacket is tougher, more rugged and altogether more reassuring than it's predecessors, and for many people, it will be the best piece of mountain insulation they can own, offering warmth, low weight and being highly packable.
With its Polarloft Featherless Insulation, it will provide a level of performance and comfort that will keep working through any weather in a way that no down-filled equivalent can. This synthetic fill has proven itself now over several seasons and its low bulk and down-like comfort remain very difficult to beat.
The 40D DRILITE Loft fabric is durable, highly weather-resistant and PFC-free. The inner fabrics are now 100% recycled, and the fill itself is 75% recycled.
We know our customers like to know exactly what they're buying; we're not going to sugar coat it, but we are going to explain it. We've divided up all of the sustainable features we've identified across our product ranges and grouped them into three so you know how your purchase is making an impact: Think Nature, Think Welfare, Think People.
The Mountain Equipment Men's Superflux Jacket - Majolica Mykonos Blue has the following sustainability attributes...
A bluesign® approved product consists of at least 90% bluesign® approved textiles and/or 30% bluesign approved accessories. The aim of the bluesign® system is responsible use of resources, clean processes with controlled air and water emissions, safe processes for the workers and safe products for consumers. Bluesign® is an independent third party and sets out strict criteria for manufacturers and brands to follow to be certified bluesign. By buying bluesign®, you are guaranteed a product that has been made with the least harmful substances possible.
Find out more here: https://www.bluesign.com/en
Fluorinated DWR finishes make clothing waterproof by repelling water droplets. ‘PFCs’ is the broad term for all fluorocarbon chemicals, of which PFOS and PFOA are sub-groups. Different chemicals in this family have a varying number of carbon atoms, so C6 has six carbon atoms and C8 has eight. While the outdoor industry has moved away from C8 (or 'long chain') PFCs, C6 (short chain) PFCs are currently unbeatable in their waterproofing performance. They're considered less harmful to the environment than C8, but they have not been proven to be safe. PFCs are known as forever chemicals; once created they will never break down and are harmful to people and the planet. To read more about the chemistry related to PFCs, head here.
PFC-Free DWR uses alternative, biodegradable technologies that repels water from the surface of a fabric - such as Fjallraven's Greenland Wax. PFC-Free DWR coatings are water resistant enough for most daily activities, so if you don’t need a highly technical waterproof, consider a PFC-Free garment instead.
Sourcing down or synthetic insulation from post-consumer products makes a very easy solution to the ethical question around virgin down and stops synthetic fibres (aka plastic) from entering landfill. Don’t worry about where it’s been – all recycled down and synthetic insulation is cleaned before being reused in a new product! Buying recycled insulation helps reduce the environmental impact of a new product.
By recycling fabrics, we are not only stopping extra waste heading to landfill but also reducing the need for virgin fabrics to be created. Recycled fabrics can be anything from recycled polyester to recycled cotton and where recycled cotton is used, it's often offcuts from factory floors that would otherwise end up in landfill. It would be a shame to waste as in its production, a single pound of cotton uses 173 gallons of water.
This brand partners with the Fair Wear Foundation (FWF). The Fair Wear Foundation is a clothing industry specific, non-profit organization that ensures sustainable, fair and safe labour conditions in factories. They work directly with brands, factories, trade unions, NGOs and governments to establish a living wage and a working environment that’s free from gender-based violence, discrimination and harassment. There is emphasis on a brand’s business practices and how this can make direct sustainable change, alongside factory audits and worker interviews.
Find out more about Fair Wear Foundation here: https://www.fairwear.org/.
This brand partners with the Fair Labor Association (FLA). The FLA has a broader remit and does not just focus on the apparel industry. They aim to protect workers rights around the world and collaborate with universities, civil society organisations and companies to create sustainable working conditions. FLA have their own Code of Conduct based off the UN’s International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) standards. Affiliated companies must implement this Code of Conduct across their supply chain.
Find out more about Fair Labor Association here: https://www.fairlabor.org/.