SUSTAINABILITY


OUR PRINCIPLES

Sustainable and responsible actions are part of our philosophy at camel active. We have defined three principles that give voice to our commitment:

WE CARE – WE CRAFT – WE COLLABORATE

They are our compass on our continuous journey to learn, improve and to become more sustainable day by day.

We care

Nature is extremely important to us. Whether for mountain peaks or city parks: we offer durable casual wear for outdoor activities. At the same time, we are also aware of our responsibility to minimize our environmental impact by striving always to increase the usage of eco-friendly and sustainable materials.

We craft

We design and craft durable and long-lasting quality products. We strive to save water and energy, minimise the use of chemicals and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions: our goal is to protect precious resources through more efficient and sustainable manufacturing processes.

We collaborate

We are committed to doing our best to be a reliable, fair and trustworthy partner for our customers, employees and suppliers all over the world.

WE CARE

From organic cotton to recycled polyester: we constantly increase the use of materials that are more sustainable and eco-friendly.

Organic Cotton

Organic cotton is being used in many t-shirts, sweaters, polo shirts, underwear, denims and scarves of our collection. By organic cotton we mean: the seeds are not genetically modified and the plants are grown without fertilisers or pesticides.

 

Recycled materials

  • The use of recycled materials contributes to reducing waste and preserving natural resources and energy. We use recycled cotton in various jeans, jackets and vests. Furthermore, the shell material or linings in a number of our jackets and vests are made of 100% recycled polyamide or recycled polyester.
  • From recycled FSC (Forest Management Certificate) paper to 100% FSC-mixed paper, soy-based ink or recycled polyester: when it comes to our product hangtags and labels, we also ensure that more sustainable options are used.

 

Innovative materials

  • For the padding in a selection of our outdoor jackets, we use the innovative materials Dupont Sorona® and Thermore® Ecodown. Almost 40% of the Sorona® fibre consists of plant-based raw materials like corn and corn starch. A glance at its life cycle assessment shows that manufacturing Sorona® requires 30% less energy and releases 63% fewer greenhouse gases than the production of new nylon. Thermore® Ecodown padding fibres are made exclusively from recycled PET bottles.
  • Waterproof, breathable, windproof: For selected outdoor jackets and shoes, we use a SympaTex® membrane. This functional membrane is fully recyclable, PTFE- and PFC-free and its production is climate-neutral.


No fur, no down

You can be sure that no camel active products use real fur. We have also replaced feathers and down with synthetic thermal insulators, such as Thermore® Ecodown.

     

WE CRAFT

By using more sustainable processes in the manufacturing and delivery of our quality products, we preserve valuable resources.

Denim treatment

In order to achieve an authentic and fashionable look for our jeans while saving water and resources, we use innovative laser, ozone and washing technologies. The E-Flow system by Jeanologia, for example, consumes 90% fewer chemicals, 95% less water and 40% less energy.

 

More sustainable leather

We use high-quality, durable leather for our camel active products. Our shoe leathers are mostly from suppliers which are members of the Leather Working Group (LWG) – a global organisation that assesses compliance with environmental protection regulations and promotes more sustainable practices in the leather industry. We are working on continuously increasing the proportion of vegetable-tanned leather and are looking to extend our offer with vegan leather alternatives.

 

Emission-free delivery

Our e-Store parcels are delivered climate-neutrally with DHL GoGreen. The dispatch of letters is also CO2-neutral.

 

Product safety standards

We adhere to the most rigorous chemicals and pollutants regulations. Our production partners and suppliers must comply with our Restricted Substances List (RSL) which we have compiled in cooperation with experts from GermanFashion Modeverband Deutschland e.V. Certified, independent testing laboratories regularly check that threshold values and standards are being adhered to.

 

WE COLLABORATE

WE COLLABORATE

We are committed to internationally valid and fair working conditions.

As the camel active master licensee for the economic regions of Europe, Middle East and Africa, the Bueltel Group owns and operates two production facilities for apparel in Vietnam and the Philippines. At these sites, 1,200 employees currently produce a significant amount of camel active`s trousers, jeans and outdoor jackets.

 

Since 2012, the Bültel Group has been a member of the amfori BSCI (Business Social Compliance Initiative). This initiative monitors and improves social conditions within the supply chain and compliance with the eleven basic principles of the amfori BSCI Code of Conduct. This code is made up of international labour standards which are part of the ILO Core Conventions, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of the United Nations or the guidelines for multinational companies by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

 

In order to monitor social compliance and the working conditions of our external production partners, we require regular audits and valid certifications in line with the BSCI principles (www.amfori.org), SA8000 (www.sa-intl.org) or SMETA certificates (www.sedex.com). In addition, our technicians regularly visit the production facilities to monitor work and safety conditions.

 

We are proud to be able to look back on numerous, long-standing co-operations. We take our responsibility to our partners all over the world very seriously – and keep our agreements even in unprecedented times.