Sustainability at Dalbello!
Optimum quality, the finest craftsmanship and outstanding design “proudly made in Italy” have been the hallmarks of the Italian brand Dalbello since it was founded back in 1974 in Asolo. What began as a small family-owned company is now a state-of-the-art industrial enterprise producing up to 2,000 pairs of ski boots daily. With production of this magnitude, we are keenly aware of our responsibilities with regard to the conservation of resources and sustainability. We continually develop new methods and processes to make the company even more eco-friendly and to promote and improve sustainability.
Repair 3D project
Since the start of 2019 Dalbello has therefore been part of the Repair 3D project which is being funded by the EU. The project is dedicated to research into new methods for recycling and repurposing plastic waste for producing new ski boots using 3D printing processes. The recycled material comes from various sources, ranging from aerospace companies to the automotive industry. Ski boots manufactured as part of this project contain up to 70% recycled materials. The aim of the project is to encourage innovative, resource-friendly methods for manufacturing ski boots that can be integrated into our production processes.
Production in Asolo
Dalbello is the only major ski boot manufacturer that produces every one of its boots at its own, Asolo, Italy factory. Only the inner boots/liners are produced in Dalbello’s cut and sew facility in Bulgaria where they are then shipped to Asolo for final inspection and assembly. Having production located in Italy means that we can control working conditions directly. At the same time, production in Asolo contributes to regional value creation and the advancements of the EU economic region.
50 percent of the raw materials used for manufacturing the ski boots come from the district of Montebelluna and 100 percent from Europe, which means that transport routes can be kept short and pollutant emissions kept to a minimum. To continue to conserve resources and avoid waste, we use as much residual and surplus material from production as possible for manufacturing new ski boots.
This applies in particular to the plastic shell and cuff materials, all of which can generally be reused. 20 percent of a new ski boot now consists typically of this residual material. A growing number of models are featuring more and more renewable resources, such as nylon for the outer shell of the boot. We have been exploring new and innovative materials since 2011 in close collaboration with the University of Bologna. Research covers a wide variety of areas, ranging from thermoforming for the outer shell and liner to composite materials and thermal insulation. To promote clean production, the use of pollutants has been reduced to a minimum and almost completely eliminated from production.
The manufacture of durable high-quality products using new technologies, innovative materials and unique Italian design is a cornerstone of our drive for sustainability. In line with our commitment to quality, we continually improve the comfort, functionality, performance and handling of our ski boots with the aim of giving their wearers years of fun and enjoyment. It is no surprise that athletes in all areas of skiing - from racing, freeskiing, freeriding to alpine - trust Dalbello products.
Dalbello is proud to be a partner of the LIFE RESKIBOOT project which targets the environmental problem of plastics waste management with a new model applied to ski boot construction. LIFE RESKIBOOT will implement a new model of circular plastic economy over the full product life cycle, including take-back and re-use system from ski boot rentals for sorting and recycling of multi-plastics components. At the end of the project, ski boots for adults will be manufactured from recycled soft and hard multi plastics and tested by skiers to demonstrate comfort and technical performances in order to launch them on the market. As a partner, Dalbello advises on the optimization of production processes, supports the development of the recycled ski boots and manufactures them inhouse. Further, the project objectives are amongst others to develop an optimized manufacturing process for ski boots using about 90% recycled raw materials and eliminating processing offcuts, as well as to provide guidelines for market replication of ski boots that are designed to be more easily and efficiently separated. Dalbello, in collaboration with EPSI*, will take actions to widely communicate the outcomes of the LIFE RESKIBOOT project to establish a new standard for the recycling of ski boots among all competitors in the industry.
For more details, visit the website: https://www.lifereskiboot.eu/
*EPSI = The European Platform for Sport Innovation