Permeable to air at the right places yet protects your ears from cold winds. Comfortable to wear while bouldering, ski touring and during everyday life. The incorporated band can be stretched under tension. This feature allows for custom fit regardless of the head shape.
The beanie can be used for many things. But it is at its best keeping your ears warm during autumn and winter.
We go out of our way to offer your SWISS MADE jacket to a reasonable price. Savings in cost for the material are almost impossible – a jacket is only as good as the fabric. With the other parts such as zippers, Velcro fastener cheaper ones can be used but they will break faster than high quality materials.
17% of all our expenses are used for the high-quality materials. But the biggest spending is for the production effort: compared to countries such as Portugal, Eastern Europe, Asia or Africa production in Switzerland is cost intensive. But like this we can guarantee that no employees are exploited and important know-how is kept in Switzerland. To keep our production cost as low as possible we, our production team in Widnau and athletes are steadily working on optimising our designs. This way we get maximal performance with a cost-effective production. An example for this the unique ROTAUF two in one armpit vent with pocket-function. Nevertheless, we invest 38% of the sales price of 787 CHF into production. After withdrawal of our storage respectively pre-order discount, provisions and shipment, about 15% remains for development, customer service and everything else. Thanks to our efficient cost structure we pull through. This allows us to pursue this path of radically SWISS MADE clothing further.
The Tour Jacket gets 23 out 50 possible points. For the assessment of the environmental sustainability, three issues are paramount:
1. No harmful chemicals (10/30)
Already since 2013 our fabrics are completely PFC-free and produced in compliance with the Bluesign-guidelines. But that’s not enough for us. 2016 we partnered up with the Greenpeace DETOX campaign and therefore renounce over 430 additional harmful chemicals. All our fabrics are tested by an independent laboratory associated with Greenpeace. The last test run of the black fabric only detected 11 out of the 430 checked chemicals. Since we rate our products strictly, the detected chemicals lead to a fierce deduction from the sustainability score. Having said this, the result is still excellent compared to other jackets on the market.
2. Closed loop (3/10)
To reduce the burden of waste on the planet and in the environment, the material from our clothes can be reintroduced in the production cycle. Therefore, the material from our Tour Jacket is completely recyclable. At the moment it is not yet possible to produce the fabric from recycled material - but we are working on it.
The production and the transport of the 3-layer fabric causes a substantial amount of CO2-emission. Our supplier Sympatex sets great value in using only ultra-low CO2-emitting raw materials and reducing transportations to a minimum. Hence the fabric is woven, dyed and glued in the same city. To be 100% CO2-neutral we compensate the emitted CO2 in collaboration with our partner My Climate.
This beanie has all characteristics looked for. It keeps your ears warm without overheating the rest of the head.
- Weight: 49 g
- Air permeability on top: high
- Air permeabilty ears: low
- 100% organic merino wool
- Windblocker: 69% PES, 16% PA & 15% Elastan
Our jacket receives 31.9 out of 40 points for the performance in social sustainability. It is sewed in Switzerland and we only use logos, velcro fastener and rubber cords with the label MADE IN SWITZERLAND. The zipper for the pockets and the pit zips are either produced in Germany or Italy. The front zipper is made in Japan. The waterproof fabric is developed by the company Sympatex. However, the production takes place in Taiwan and is carried out by the companies Flying Tex and G-Fun. In Taiwan and Japan different terms of employment apply as in Switzerland. For example, it in Taiwan it is possible for an employer to dismiss an employee immediately. But the job market is more flexible than here therefore the dismissed employee should get a new job rather quickly (approximately 4% unemployment). According to our research in Japan prevails a strict employee moral so that the government had to intervene to ensure a five-day week. In Taiwan also a five-day week is formalized. Additionally, a maximum of 46 hours of overtime per month was introduced last year. Taiwan as well as Japan play a pioneering role in the field of labour law in the Asian region. Therefore, it agrees with our conscience to produce in those countries. Nevertheless, the production in Asia causes a withdrawal of points in the environmental assessment. In the long term we want to improve this matter. Therefore we are always looking for alternatives in Western Europe.
The History of your Merino Beanie
Made from organic merino wool and to 100% produced in Switzerland. Learn more:
South america - Lake of Constance - Kresice
From the Merino Sheep to the Finished Yarn
For the most part, the organic merino wool for our shirt comes from South America. A smaller part comes from Australia. The South American wool is washed and combed on-site close to the farms. Only then the wool is shipped to our partner Schoeller-Wool in Hard (close to the Swiss boarder). The Australian wool is firstly shipped to China to be washed and combed before being sent to the Schoeller-Wool site. We are not happy about this fact. We try to receive only South American wool for our clothing from Schoeller-Wool. Unfortunatly this is not easy to accomplish. Organic merino wool is extremely rare, only a few farmers around the globe comply with those strict guidelines. To prevent material shortages for our shirts we are obliged to buy Australian wool in addition. Arrived on the company site in Hard, the organic merino wool is finished in a complex process. This step is very important so that the shirt is machine washable and doesn’t need to be hand washed after use. Normally the finishing process uses a lot of chlorine, which is harmful for the employees as well as for the environment. This is for us a no-go. To our knowledge Schoeller-Wool is the only company which has the know-how of finishing without chlorine and undertakes all process steps in Europe.
After the finishing, the wool is shipped to Kresice in the Czech Republic near the Elb. There the wool is spun to a fine thread. Afterwards the product is transported to the Nägeli AG in Ermattingen for the knitting. At this point the wool has already travelled a long way. So the question can arise, is this still in terms with an organic product? Yes, it is organic. We don’t want that our sheep are prophylactically treated with antibiotics or to be feed with minor quality feed pellets and eventually slaughtered miles and miles away from the farm. Our organically kept sheep are only treated with antibiotics if an infection could be determined and only fed with grass. At the end of their life they are brought to slaughterhouses near the farm. Organic products are for the protection of animal welfare, so the location of the raw material production is secondary for us. The emitted CO2 from the transport is compensated to 100% with projects from our partner MyClimate. Unfortunately, there is no possibility to receive organic merino wool with the desired quality from farmers in Switzerland or Europe.
Knitted in Bichelsee
Discover how your beanie is produced.
The production process in Switzerland starts with the dyeing of the merino wool at the dyeworks Kohnbühl in Wittenbach. Afterwards it is send to the knitting mill Traxler AG in Bichelsee. There each beanie is knitted under Norbert’s watchful eyes.
Finally the industrious hands of the employees sew in the wind proofing band, fold over the end and sew on the ROTAUF-logo. After a meticulous check and trimming the last threads the beanie is ready for the world.Anmelden