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Sustainable Values

FREITAG first made bags entirely from used truck tarps, discarded bicycle inner tubes, and car seat belts. Each of their bags is recycled and unique because of the variety that comes with using upcycled materials. Since then, they have continued to use upcycled truck tarps in their bags, while also incorporating recycled PET and B-Stock material such as airbags

This product is made with upcycled materials, meaning it's creation has transformed by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into something new, with better quality and higher environmental value

FREITAG's longtime European-based partners are committed to complying with their Code of Conduct. The content of this CoC is an expression of FREITAG’s core values as declared in the FREITAG Principles. Additionally, the contents of this CoC draw heavily on UN Conventions. To ensure that network members comply with the terms of this CoC, FREITAG carries out regular checks, which take two forms: first, a self-assessment questionnaire, which members can fill out; or, second, announced or unannounced on-the-spot audits. Failure to openly communicate and eliminate infringements of the CoC may lead to the cancellation of the cooperation agreement with FREITAG. Thanks to this transparent, standardized form of dialog, we hope that the use of CoC within the FREITAG network will effectively ensure long-term monitoring and a continuous improvement in working, social and environmental standards

While many production steps still take place in the FREITAG factory in Zurich, they entrust parts of the cutting and all the sewing to some experienced longtime and European-based partners, who are committed to complying with their Code of Conduct. For transparency reasons, the list with their partners is also to be found on their website. They want to highlight that they chose only European partners for a couple of reasons: to limit our transport routes in our supply chain and thus keep our carbon footprint comparatively low, and because the local legal frameworks for production sites regarding labor and ecological aspects are usually more strict and more binding

FREITAG does not (and will not) use animal textiles or any other kind of animal products

At FREITAG, it’s about thinking and acting in cycles. It’s a philosophy that goes beyond just creating bags from a used material, but they try to live up to it in a very holistic way. In addition to their wide repair offer, they also explore other services around their bags and accessories that follow the principles of the circular economy, like repairing, lending, and swapping, just to name a few. The goal is to keep materials in the loop as long as possible. Additionally, with the development of the F-ABRIC clothing line, they went a step further: this line of garments has been developed from scratch in a way that they are - along with their shirt buttons, labels, and threads - fully biodegradable on a compost heap, once they will be worn out. They literally leave nothing behind at the end of their life cycle! The clothes are made from vegetable fibers, hemp and linen and are produced in Europe with minimal use of resources

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