We are a pioneer and leader in producing helmets using recycled or natural materials. It's a part of our development strategy that means a lot for us. Even if we know it's very minimal compared to what is to be done at the scale of our planet we feel compelled to act this way to minimise our ecological footprint as much as we can.
First we decided to use recycled PET to manufacture our helmet straps.
Why that? Simply to keep following the direction we're aiming which is to progressively manufacture cleaner helmets. Using recycled PET was the first step towards this goal.
To produce these straps, our supplier Ho Yu Textile (hoyu.com.tw) uses old plastic bottles (polyethylene: PET) that are reworked to make, after several operations, a thread... This thread is then weaved according to our technical characteristics to manufacture the straps for our helmets.
This fabric is of course tested and passed the strictest certification tests.
The other advantage of using recycled PET is to reduce the use of fossil raw materials (petrol) to create new fabrics, but also to valorize waste that usually finish in a bin or too often in the nature...
You won't consider a plastic bottle the same way anymore, will you?
Then, step by step we have replaced classical EPS by recycled EPS to form the shell of most of our helmets. And the whole 2019 Urge range is now made from recycled EPS ! This recycled EPS is produced by our supplier Polysource (http://www.polysource.com/portfolio/eps-recyclable/) using numerous wastes coming from automobile industry.
Following the same kind of idea our visors and our new removable chin guard are also made from recycled ABS, 100% for the visors and 35% for the chinguard.
We ‘re proud to announce you that now that 80% of the volume of all our helmets is formed by recycled materials !
Do you eat Veggie ?
At Urge Bikeproducts, we’ve had Veggie helmets long before it becomes trendy.
It is actually both a simple and audacious idea. For our Veggie models, we replace a part of the glass fiber generally used to manufacture full-face helmets by a 100% natural and vegetal fibre: the linen fibre. Linen (Linum usitatissimum) is a plant that produces really pretty blue flowers and grows in fields with low water needs, without fertilizer or chemical products.
From this plant, we can extract oil but also fibre. This (long) fibre is weaved using highly technical processes and enables us to manufacture fabrics that, once molded a certain way and adding our expert knowledge, have very close characteristics to glass or carbon fabrics.
But unlike these two fabrics, the linen fibre is natural, requires low energy to be produced and its waste is compostable with no danger to the environment. Plus, it is non-allergic and is safe for our employees to use. The end result is very eye-catching (from the fields to our helmets), very strong and good for the Earth and human kind.
We firmly think that using natural fibers is the right decision for a better future and we will do our best to use them even more.
To help you to choose the proper helmet in our range, in addition to the classical technical features (number of vents, kind of visor...) we have also created an eco friendly index which measures for each of our helmets the use of recycled or natural material made. And of course, step by stpe, we try to improve this index.
Of course our packaging is made of raw cardboard (without varnish) and we have removed all the useless plastic bags. From September 2019 all our helmets are delivered inside a pocket, which is totally recyclable in a compost bin.
Next step on the road toward a better future: train transportation. We keep you in touch.
Last«wink» to the Planet: our brand new helmet is named GREEN GO... sorry GRINGO !