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Sustainable focus for ISPO sports winners

Emphasis on durability and disposal in new developments.

21st January 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Munich, Germany


The ISPO Awards are now being selected by a jury of sports enthusiasts from the ISPO Collaborators Club and independent editors, and their first winners in 2021 highlight brands making existing products lighter, more functional and more sustainable.

A clear trend in the sports industry in the first quarter of 2022 is reinvention – products are being reworked and relaunched to favour more environmentally friendly materials and manufacturing processes. Brands are increasingly relying on reusable raw materials, dispensing with harmful chemicals and focusing on durability and the issue of disposal.

The winners include the Storm Shift jacket for snowboarders from Patagonia, which relies on the first PFC-free Gore-Tex membrane and a water-resistant DWR coating that consists of a 100% recycled formulation.

The Loska Spinnova ski by Pusu. © Pusu

For its Shield Recycled ski goggles, Scott has processed the frames of old goggles into new ones, and the straps are also made of 100% recycled polyamide.

And for environmentally conscious alpine fans, the Loska Spinnova ski by Pusu reinforces a solid wood core with Spinnova textile fibre – a new composite material and a world first for skis. Frequent runners can also look forward to a new sustainable road running shoe in the Winqs Zerofly – the world’s first performance running shoe made from bio-based and recycled materials that is also certified as climate neutral.

A detailed presentation of the first winners of the ISPO Awards 2022 is now available on the show’s website and more award winners will be selected and announced throughout the year.

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