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Vaude launches footwear range containing Reverdia's Biosuccinium

Reverdia’s Biosuccinium has been used in the production of bio-based materials for Vaude’s new "Skarvan" footwear range recently unveiled at the OutDoor 2017 show in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

The new “Skarvan” trekking shoes use Biosuccinium, a bio-succinic acid, from Reverdia. Polyols derived from it enable polyurethanes (PU) with a significant share of bio-based content and a reduced carbon footprint which can be used in the manufacture of sustainable products such as footwear (photo courtesy Vaude).

Vaude, a Germany-based developer and manufacturer of functional and innovative outdoor products for mountain and bike sports has unveiled a new sustainable choice of trekking shoe with high-end design at the OutDoor 2017 show in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

With the SS18 Collection, we have taken a big step toward becoming the most sustainable provider of functional outdoor and bike shoes, said Oliver Korden, Head of Footwear for Vaude.

This is the first time the German outdoor brand has used a bio-based thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) for toe caps and heel counters. Vaude is committed to minimising the environmental footprint of its products and was the first outdoor company to receive certification under the EU’s Eco-management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). It now seeks to reduce dependency on oil by replacing conventional materials with sustainable bio-based alternatives.

Consumers can now find high-performance footwear which contains Reverdia’s bio-succinic acid on store shelves. This is a very exciting step for us, as it clearly demonstrates how Biosuccinium-based polyurethanes can support brands in these markets to meet customer demand for truly sustainable products, said Marcel Lubben, President of Reverdia.

Marcel Lubben, President of Reverdia here seen addressing delegates at the World Bio Markets 2017 conference in Amsterdam, Netherlands earlier this year.

Launched in 2010, Netherlands-based Reverdia is a joint venture between Netherlands-headed Royal DSM, a global Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company, and France-headed Roquette Frères, a global starch and starch-derivatives company for the production, commercialization and market development of Biosuccinium, sustainable succinic acid.

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