Sustainability & Eco Design at Decathlon

We are passionate about more than just sports at Decathlon. Sustainability is something that we take very seriously when looking at our business practices, stores and more importantly the many products that we sell each day. We make effective and positive changes to ensure our products are not only eco friendly, but long lasting and repairable too. To find out more on how we make our products more environmentally friendly with Eco Design, read the article below.
Decathlon Ireland
September 20, 2023

At Decathlon, we do not only offer high-performance sports products but we are committed to designing our products through an environmentally conscious framework. From backpacks to camping equipment, and even a wooden exercise bike, you can purchase our Eco - Design products across a wide range of sports. 

Our Eco Design Production processes include Dope Dyeing, using Recycled Polyester, Recycled Cotton, Organic Cotton Farming, Bi Ton, and using Recycled Plastic. 

You can find out more about each of these processes individually by following the link below to our Decathlon Sustainability YouTube Channel.

Each of these processes are used by our product innovation teams globally to create products that are more sustainable than ever before. Let's take a look at some of these products!

Eco Design hiking fleece, sustainable clothing, Decathlon Ireland

MH100 Hiking Fleece

Since 1987, we've been making trendy, sporty fleeces for all our customers. In 2010 there was an environmental shift, with the first Eco Designed Quechua fleece. Since then, we've adapted the main component of this, our must-have model, moving to recycled polyester, a yarn that has the same technical characteristics as traditional yarn (lightweight, breathable, quick-drying) but is more eco-conscious. 

Since 2010, most of our fleeces have been made from recycled polyester yarn. It's a material made primarily from recycled plastic bottles. So, we turn our waste into a reusable resource to put the clothes on your back!

Since 2020, to continue to reduce our environmental impact, we have used new eco-friendly dyeing processes for our fleeces, particular our black, entry-level fleeces. We opt for a process of mass pigmentation, called Dope Dying, which incorporates the colour pigment when manufacturing the thread. 

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17-litre backpack essential

This backpack showcase our innovative production processes that consider the impact that we have on our environment. 

Dyeing textiles uses a lot of water, and also produces a lot of wastewater from the dye baths. To reduce our environmental impact, we only dye every second thread for this product, thus reducing our water consumption and our impact on the water supply. This reduces our carbon footprint by 18%.

What is our aim? To constantly improve our products so you can enjoy them on all types of terrain, across many playing fields and sports, for as long as possible.

You can check out all our initiatives and learn about our future commitments on our Sustainability Website

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