Italian material supplier RadiciGroup is taking sustainability to the slopes.
The Bergamo-based company has teamed with technical sportswear company DKB to create a ski suit — both a jacket and pants — made of recycled nylon and with nylon zippers, buttons and Velcro closures to make it easier to recycle.
The suit's fabric is made from Radici's Rencycle yarn, sourced from mechnically recycled nylon. The recycled content also reduces energy and water consumption during manufacturing, the company said in a news release.
The "almost monomaterial garment" can easily be recycled into ski boot components and bindings to give it continued life in the sport.
"I've always loved mountaineering and skiing, and, together with my collaborators, I work hard at our company day in and day out to find innovative solutions that improve the sustainability of our industry," Radici President Angelo Radici said in the release. "This ski suit is concrete proof of the fact that textiles and apparel can be made sustainable without compromising on comfort, design, looks or performance."