- closed loop
- who we are
we produce clothes and shoes from raw materials that are cultivated and processed in a sustainable way. a resource-conserving production, fair salaries and a friendly working environment are important for us. animal welfare is the most important good. we refrain from using additives that are harmful to the environment, use offcuts and production residues. our products are designed in such a way that they can be returned to the cycle. and an old shoe becomes a new one.
just like you, we belong to a growing group of people who do not compromise on the sustainability of their clothes and shoes and prefer to buy less, but better.
nowadays, recycling is often used for marketing purposes. however, the composite materials, toxic additives and manufacturing processes used, make a multiple use of materials impossible from the very outset.
when we manufacture our products, we already plan what will happen to them after their lifespan. we design our textiles and shoes to be simple. they are made of natural materials so that separation and return are worthwhile. this enables us to separate all the materials of used LANGBRETT products from each other and to integrate them into our production processes again and again.
we have always done it this way. today it is called a closed loop and we are part of the circular economy. more recycled materials lead to less new material and less waste. and it protects the climate at the same time.
many materials used in textile production cannot be recycled and harm our health and environment.we do not make any compromises when it comes to our LANGBRETT products: efficient use of raw materials, natural materials such as certified organic cotton, chrome-free tanned leather from leftovers, and wool from certified organic animal husbandry without chemical additives. we know where the raw materials come from, how and where they are produced and pay attention to every little detail: metal eyelets, laces and zips.
recycling of already existing materials is the smartest way to conserve resources. we use our experience, knowledge of materials and regular exchanges with our producers to develop reasonable recycling processes. the result: all our shoes are created in a closed loop.
our products are made in small factories in germany, portugal and spain. we don't rely on certificates only, but go a step further. we know the whole supply chain and choose every piece from the laces to the metal eyelets ourselves. we know the toolmakers of our shoes, talk to the sewing shop workers regularly and are right by their side when our shoe soles are made.
our longboards are handmade from local wood, our products made from wool are produced not far from the düsseldorf shop and our terry cloth textiles are GOTS dyed in a manufacture with a closed water cycle. our transport within the value chain is short and co2-optimised.
this is our way to ensure the quality of our products, not to harm nature, humans or animals and to realize chemical-free recycling.
we want to create long-lasting products - not disposable items. the trendier a piece of clothing is, the sooner it will be out of fashion. we choose to produce classic hoodies, sweaters and t-shirts made of high-quality organic cotton, handmade longboards made of wood from regional forests and shoes in a closed loop design. without unnecessary plastic parts, composite materials or toxically glued soles. in short: design that stays up to date, clothes that can be worn for a long time, products that can be recycled again and again.
only long-lasting products are ecological products. our design, material selection and production are all based on this premise. but our responsibility does not stop once the product has left the shop. that is why we regularly offer upcycling and repair workshops and have set up take-back stations in our shops. we have developed a guide for better washing in order to protect clothes and the environment with the non-profit organisation STOP! Micro Waste, initiated by LANGBRETT.
The basic principle is to buy less, but better.
a few years ago, an environmental activist told us about a study: this research was able to prove that every time you wash your clothes, tiny plastic fibres end up in the wastewater, polluting rivers and oceans to an unimaginable extent.
although we produce our clothes without plastic parts, we also offer jackets, hoodies and trousers in our shops and those of our partners that - in order to withstand wind and weather - consist almost entirely of highly technical plastic fibres. in order to raise awareness about the pollution of our nature caused by (micro) plastic of as many people as possible, we have founded the non-profit company STOP! Micro Waste gUG. At the STOP! Plastic Academy, knowledge from research and practice is shared and discussed in workshops with school kids, students and adults.
there is still a lot to do. but it is easy to join in and start protecting the environment: avoid single-use plastic, filter your waste water, be critical towards misleading advertising, wash better, buy less and better.