THE NEW STANDARD of sustainability
in the ski boot industry
Dalbello announces a ski boot series made with recycled materials for the global retail market with the new Green Menace and Green Gaia models for 2022/23.
This makes the ski boot manufacturer from Asolo, Italy, a pioneer, having developed the most sustainable ski boot in the industry so far with state-of-the-art elements in terms of eco-design.
The result is the launch of green boots that are made of recycled materials comprising up to 90 percent of their weight. 100 % of the boots will be recyclable at the end of life.
For project REBOOT, the plastic shell and cuff components of the green boots are made of recaptured plastics and 100 % recycled materials recovered directly from production at Dalbello.
When injecting a plastic ski boot component, the tubes that inject the liquid plastic into the molds solidify, becoming plastic scrap. Dalbello captures this scrap and grinds it to be reinjected, making new boots out of their own scrap.
Fabric and foams for the liners are also composed of 100 percent recycled materials, certified by each supplier. These include TPU foams from reground material for the lining, recycled EVA for the collar of the liner, and recycled polyester. In all, up to 90 percent of each liner’s weight consists of recovered material.
The buckles for the boots are made of aluminum and steel, both 100 percent recyclable materials. Dalbello therefore uses sustainably produced buckles for the green boot models. This includes a low temperature powder coating that requires 35 percent less energy and a chemical-free polishing of the aluminum, both processes certified by the supplier.
Green Menace & Green Gaia
The new sustainable Green Menace and Green Gaia models consist of four models each. The junior boots are for young skiers from different ages and levels who want to discover skiing. Thus, Dalbello has created recycled boots for a group that outgrows ski boots quickly, resulting in a shorter product life cycle. To reduce the impact on the environment, Dalbello has made it its mission to shift production to almost completely recycled materials on these high-volume models.