You probably already know that recycled products are the more sustainable choice. The products at Vadobag with the Eco-Friendly or Waste2Wear label are made with extra consideration for the planet. These items are made from recycled PET material, also known as rPET.
Sourcing sustainable raw materials for sustainable collections Our sourcing department is an experienced one with a proven track record of sourcing the best sustainable materials for our products. Samples are developed in our own sample factory in Asia so that we can always take a fast approach that matters to our customers. We are able to adapt flexibly and quickly during the buying and sourcing process.
Quality and certifications
Product quality Vadobag attaches great importance to the quality and safety of its products. To ensure quality and safety, our products are subjected to various tests and safety measures, from the raw materials to the finished product. This is all coordinated and controlled by both our quality department at our headquarters in Tilburg and our offices in the Far East. We cooperate with external laboratories such as SGS, Intertek, Bureau Veritas and PFI.
Our aim is to continuously improve the health and safety aspects of our products. All our products comply with the General Product Safety Directive 2001/95/EC and REACH legislation. To ensure this, we continuously carry out the following tests:
Pre-production inspections of raw materials
In-line inspections during production
Final inspections before shipping
Randomly, our semi-finished and finished products are sent to an internationally recognised laboratory for conformity testing.
Social Compliance We ensure quality and safety by continuously investing in this. All our products meet the required company standards and we work closely with our production partners on social compliance. Quality is guaranteed, all our factories are BSCI and Disney approved.
Sustainable business In our own backpack there is also an important sustainable ambition. As a fifth-generation family business, we want to make the world just a little bit nicer. We are now largely self-sufficient in our electricity needs and have made our first collections from recycled plastic and eco-friendly coatings. Let's make the world more awesome!
Vadobag X Waste2Wear It is in Vadobag's DNA to innovate and seize new opportunities. With our commitment to securing the future for our children, we feel a strong connection with our materials partner Waste2Wear. Together, we create children's backpacks from innovative textiles made from recycled polyester.
What is recycled polyester (rPET)?
rPET is recycled PET plastic (polyethylene terephthalate), a material often used to replace new PET. For example, most bottles are made of PET. This is done as follows: pieces of polyester are made into 'pellets', from which small pellets are made. The pellets are broken down into polymers, from which 'polyester chips' are made. These can then be melted and woven into fibres and thread to make new polyester fabric. In this way, we use plastic bottles as a circular product and there are up to 15 PET bottles in one bag.
So the big advantage of using recycled polyester is in the production process. Compared to virgin PET, rPET is much more sustainable and resource-saving in its production. This is mainly because much less oil has to be processed into polymers. Moreover, rPET can be recycled without loss of raw materials and also causes fewer emissions in the recycling process. A win-win situation!
VIDEO: Find out why Vadobag's rPET products are better for the environment and why we make them
Waste2Wear: our sustainable partner
Waste2Wear started researching the use of polyester from recycled plastic since 2000 and has been making high-quality rPET products since 2008. The experience and knowledge of working with a source material that is very different from unused polyester enables the team to deliver different textile qualities.
Waste2Wear has been a pioneer in implementing blockchain verification in the production chain. This ensures, for example, the authenticity of rPET material in our products and reduces the risk of subcontracting. The QR code on the labels gives every user insight into where the material comes from and further information about Waste2Wear.
“We believe that the future is circular, and many industries will continue shifting towards circular production and materials. But trust is essential to reach this. Our goal is to create trust between the recycling stakeholders, purchasers and end consumers by creating innovative tools that generate reliable and verifiable data to support these efforts creating transparency and traceability. We do this with both our RA-3 test and our blockchain technology.”
Collections Several collections of the Kidzroom brand, as well as the Minnie and Mickey Mouse My Own Way, One and Only and Really Great collection, have been produced with Waste2Wear material, demonstrating that circular materials go together beautifully in a transparent and circular way. For every new bag, Vadobag now recycles 5 to 11 waste plastic bottles. By using Waste2Wear® fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles, instead of virgin polyester, we use 70% less energy, 75% less CO2 and 86% less water.
We show the full savings from our collaboration in the official Waste2Wear® environmental impact certification for Vadobag:
Vadobag takes its social responsibility extremely seriously. This responsibility includes our economic, ecological and social behaviour. Within this responsibility, we do our utmost to improve working conditions in our production countries, increase the efficiency of the raw materials used, reduce the use of chemicals and optimise the safety of our bags for people and the environment.
Vadobag is a member of the amfori BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative), an initiative of FTA (Foreign Trade Association). Amfori BSCI aims to improve working conditions, such as:
The right to form a trade union
Safe and healthy working conditions
Fair remuneration (living wage)
No forced and child labour
Protection of the environment
The above is guaranteed by annual auditing of our production facilities by an internationally recognised auditor. Internally, the processes are coordinated and monitored by our social compliance department at our headquarters in Tilburg (the Netherlands) and our employees in the Far East, who adjust and adjust where necessary.
Good idea! Contribute to a cleaner environment with your product range. Our shop has a separate sustainability page where you can find all Eco-friendly and Waste2Wear products. You will recognise the items in our shop by the Waste2Wear or Eco-friendly label. Be inspired by the sustainable backpacks by Kidzroom, Disney's Mickey and Minne Mouse and Miffy!
Customer service Transparency and good information about our products are central to our story, so that you as a customer have enough information to make choices. We support our customers with comprehensive customer service and give honest advice. As a customer, you are always at the centre of Vadobag and we challenge ourselves daily to further optimise our customer service.
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