Like any piece of clothing, the environmental and social impact of cycling clothing is due in particular to the origin of its textiles , its place of manufacture and its recycled and/or upcycled nature .
ORIGIN OF TEXTILES
We advise you to choose cycling equipment whose origin of textiles is communicated by the brand, and as local as possible. Even though there are few French suppliers of technical textiles, there are many in the European Union . This guarantees compliance with European standards for the health and safety of their workers, and reduces the transport (and therefore the carbon impact) of your cycling clothing.
This is the reason why the textiles of TOMO Clothing's rainwear , whether it's their waterproof materials or their retro-reflective panels, is made in Italy , Belgium and Spain .
For the same reasons, we advise you to choose cycling clothing whose country of manufacture is communicated by the brand, and as local as possible. Even though there are few French manufacturers of technical clothing, there are many in the European Union .
RECYCLED AND/OR UPCYCLED NATURE
Finally, we advise you to choose cycling equipment whose material is totally or partly recycled and / or upcycled .
Recycling is an industrial process that destroys textiles, recovers one (or more) reusable raw material(s), and manufactures new textiles made up in whole or in part of this (or these) material(s). s) first(s). Recycling generates an expenditure of energy and a loss of material, but reduces the consumption of the natural resources at the origin of the textile.
Upcycling (or surcyclage in French) consists of making clothes from unused textiles, sometimes even destined to be destroyed. Upcycled clothing is therefore even more ecological than recycled clothing, because upcycling does not require an industrial process.