Gear and apparel containing recycled material
We’ve expanded our use of recycled materials in Trek and Bontrager products to lighten our footprint, divert waste from landfills and oceans, and become an even more conscious global citizen.
Each of the products shown here contains recycled materials, and each was made using manufacturing techniques that are friendlier on the planet. Together, they represent a big stride in our overall sustainability goals. The best part? This is only the beginning.
Recycled plastic beads
We’ve partnered with organizations like Bureo and Plastiq, which are focused on converting discarded and potentially ocean-bound plastics into useable material. It’s a multi-stage process that begins with capturing end-of-life plastics and ends with creating plastic pellets that can be injection-molded into products like our Bat Cage and the cores of Bontrager XR Trail Grips.
Our partners capture end-of-life and potentially ocean-bound plastics like discarded fishing nets, ropes, and other rigid plastics. That reclaimed content is cut down and converted into small plastic beads, which can then be heated and injection-molded into products you use every day on your bike.
We recycle pre-consumer scrap textiles from the manufacturing and cutting process into material used in Trek shorts. Plus, Trek jerseys contain fabric made from discarded water bottles, which are converted into plastic pellets and woven into yarns.
It all starts with discarded plastic water bottles, which are then converted into plastic pellets, made into yarn, and finally woven into fabric used in Trek jerseys.
Trek jerseys contain material made from recycled water bottles*
*Based on an average 16.9 fl. oz. PET water bottle
We also reprocess scrap rubber—including early- and late-run tubes and those that fail to meet our testing standard—into recycled rubber, which is mixed with virgin material and accounts for 5–8% of our standard tubes by volume.
Select Bontrager helmets, including the popular Circuit WaveCel, contain post-consumer Styrofoam.