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Kathmandu: A new jacket, made from old car tyres

Kathmandu, Level 1

Kathmandu, proudly announces the launch of its latest product innovation,
the Epiq SE: a special edition of Kathmandu’s heritage puffer jacket, crafted with fabric derived from recycled plastic waste, including end-of-life car tyres.

At end of life, car tyres are often incinerated, releasing significant amounts of toxic pollutants into the air, or disposed of, taking up space in landfill. In partnership with Fulgar, an international leader in man-made fibre, Kathmandu has turned this problem into an opportunity; The Epiq SE’s main fabric has been constructed with Fulgar’s groundbreaking technology, Q-CYCLE: a yarn made with recycled post-consumer waste, including end-of-life car tyres.

Kathmandu’s General Manager of Product,Karinda Robinson, explains:

"Kathmandu continues to push the boundaries of product innovation and sustainable practice in the textiles industry, and the launch of our Epiq SE marks another milestone in our journey.

As a Certified B Corporation, Kathmandu has a clear vision to reduce its climate impact. Investing in advanced recycling technologies, like this one, is a perfect example of how we are working to increase circularity and reduce the
linear take-make-waste approach to business.

Beyond representing the latest in purpose-led innovation at Kathmandu, the Epiq SE delivers on performance and style too; the jacket features a sleek, triple-black aesthetic, and the fabric is lightweight, water repellent and highly durable, with a beautifully buttery hand feel. While Kathmandu delivers highly technical and highly functional gear for getting outdoors, the Epiq SE lends
itself well to urban settings too.

Karinda Robinson further explains:

We are committed to building thoughtfully designed, responsibly made gear and apparel. Kathmandu’s Epiq franchise first landed in 2015 and has been on a journey of its own over the past nine years. We’re now delivering our best Epiq version yet, which is incredibly exciting and something we are immensely proud of. We will continue to embrace our Epiq icon as a vehicle for innovation, inspiration, and best-in-class sustainable practice."

Further driving the Epiq SE’s circularity credentials is its Digital ID technology. Unique Digital IDs are sewn into every Epiq SE product, helping customers discover the unique sustainability story behind their jacket, including learning about its design and manufacturing process, the factory it was made in, the materials used to make their piece, repair information, and eventually, traceability and resell recommendations.

Kathmandu’s Epiq SE is now available in-store.


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