Since 2019 Icebug are the first climate positive outdoor footwear brand. From 2020 onward offsetting 200% of carbon emissions caused.
96% textiles with sustainable content
Icebug uses recycled material whenever it is possible, without compromising on functional quality. They use as much recycled content as possible to save raw materials, use less energy, and generate less climate emissions than virgin materials. Checking the footprint of our most used recycled materials (nylon and PET) in the Higg MSI data base shows that recycled material saves about 20-65% of carbon emissions.
All the textile materials that we use for Spring/Summer 2021 are either recycled, dyed with low-impact methods, or Bluesign certified. In many cases the textiles are all of those, and when not, it’s mainly due to minimum quantity issues.
Icebug uses solution dye and/or digital printing for most of the shoes, approaching 100% of the textiles used in our collection.
Polyester is one of the most used synthetic fibers in the world. Some of the benefits of using polyester fibers are that it is a durable and it does not absorb water. These are important properties for us because it means our shoes can withstand a lot of wear and that they won’t gain weight when running through water.
BLOOM™ foam contains algae biomass and has similar material properties to ‘normal’ Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA). It is mixed with EVA and so far, we use 10% algae in the Icebug insoles and midsoles (20% BLOOM™ masterbatch with 50% algae). Development is ongoing to raise the percentage of algae, in close cooperation with the supplier.