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uvex Bamboo TwinFlex® D XG planet
By using bamboo viscose uvex is utilising a renewable raw material and recycled polyamide. Together, these sustainable materials account for 45 percent of the material used. The gloves also offer greater protection to the health of the wearer than stipulated by REACH regulations as they comply with the uvex list of banned substances and the skin compatibility has been dermatologically approved by the proDERM institute.
The glove packaging has been minimised significantly. Paper wrap is used instead of rubber bands to secure bundles. Polyester bags have not been used by uvex in it’s glove packaging for over 11 years.
uvex safety gloves is certified according to both Environmental Management ISO 14001 and Energy Management ISO 50001 and has CO2-neutral production rating based on direct emissions from production. To achieve this, we have been sourcing electricity from 100 percent renewable energy sources since 2014, and through the certified green electricity product we have been promoting the construction of new renewable energy plants in the region. We use green gas to operate the highly efficient CHP plant at our site, thereby offsetting the CO2 emissions produced by gas combustion processes. Through carbon offsetting, we invest exclusively in climate protection projects that are certified by internationally recognised quality standards (Gold Standard or VCS (Verified Carbon Standard)) and thereby promote, for example, the construction of new plants in India for the generation of solar and wind power.
uvex i-guard planet
39 percent of the side arm is made from bio-based material. The castor oil plant is used as the renewable raw material and the energy used in the eyewear production is from biomass sources. The soft face seal of the guard version is made from more than 35 percent recycled granulates which come from production waste.
The films of the polyethylene bags used consist of up to 70 percent recycled material, which is obtained from production waste. All cardboard cartons are made of over 90 percent recycled paper.
By using a smaller format for our eyewear user instructions has reduced the amount of paper used by 30 percent. Increasing the packaging unit from 5 to 10 pairs of glasses resulted in an additional reduction in the amount of cardboard required and also produces significantly less waste.
uvex pheos planet B-WR // B-S-WR
The helmet shell is made of up to 30 percent bioplastic. The organic raw material, sugar cane, is converted using a process that complies with the strictest quality requirements and achieves high stability and strength. 50 percent of the material for the headband is made of helmet shells. This significantly reduces process-related waste during production.
All individual packaging is made of regranulated material and has been taken from the recycling economy. The packaging is single-grade and can be returned to the recycling chain after use. This also saves fossil resources. The user instructions are printed on 100 percent recycled paper.
The upper part of the safety shoe is made from 100 percent recycled polyester made from PET bottles. The penetration resistant midsole is also made from 100 percent recycled materials. 40 percent recycled TPU is used for the TPR scuffcap. The shoe’s distance mesh lining is made from 52 percent recycled polyester and 18 percent bamboo fibres. The replaceable comfortable climatic insole is also made of 100 percent recycled PU foam and polyester. The entire safety shoe is manufactured without using any harmful substances as listed in the banned hazardous substances list created by uvex and goes beyond that of REACH.
All uvex shoe boxes are made from 90 percent recycled cardboard. 100 percent recycled tissue paper is used and the instructions for use are also 100 percent recycled paper.
The uvex plant in Ceva, Italy, was already completely converted to green electricity and green gas a few years ago and hasbeen certified according to the environmental management system ISO 14001 since 2017. In addition, the plant uses renewable energy with a photovoltaic system. uvex places a special focus on waste prevention. For example, some years ago, the shape of the soles were redesigned and as a result significantly reduced the amount of waste. The cleaning and injection process is also continuously optimised. For some time now, all PU waste is collected and processed into granuals ready for reuse. For example, it is used to create our shock absorbing insoles. Up to 10 percent recycled PU waste from uvex’s production is used for the TPU outsole of the uvex 1 G2 planet.
All of the material components of the clothing are completely compostable and all products carry the cradle to cradle™ seal of approval. In addition to the cotton, the use of a special polyester stands out for its ability to decompose when the garment is composted. The cradle to cradle™ clothing uses only substances that have been proven to not affect human health. Furthermore, the cradle to cradle™ Gold certificate ensures that no process chemicals enter waste water. When the clothing has been worn, the components of the clothing can be fed back into circulation by composting.
The individual packaging, including all hang tags and labels, is also biodegradable.
Renewable energy is used to produce the clothing. At the same time, at least 50 percent of direct on-siteemissions are compensated for. Production in Europe and the associated short transport routes ensure that there are no unnecessary environmental impacts.