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Journey to A Sustainable Future with Jack Wolfskin

Journey to A Sustainable Future with Jack Wolfskin

Posted by Little Trekkers on 6th Jun 2023

Jack Wolfskin isn’t a brand, it’s a lifestyle driven by people who strive to be outdoors, who love nature and prioritize sustainability. Melanie Kuntnawiz, the Senior Head of Social Compliance & Sustainability, who is not only the number one sustainability evangelist within Jack Wolfskin, but also one of our key ambassadors to educate people and communities about how companies can be run in a sustainable way. Melanie is passionate about discussing all topics around nature, the environment and how even small changes can make a big difference. She gave a talk at a conference organized by the government’s working group on chemical safety about our sustainability efforts. 

"As we have no planet B, it is becoming ever more important for us to share our knowledge and learn how we can make the shift to an even more climate friendly life. It is great to feel that we are not alone, everyone around us has the same goals and we are all pulling together on this one. We strongly believe that change can happen and that the only way it can happen is through a joint effort. Everyone has to do their share."


Here's how Jack Wolfskin are making a difference and what they have to say about their sustainably journey, we think it's pretty impressive!  

Sustainable products

Products made of recycled material, our ban on PFCs, renouncement of the use of fur and Angora wool – our sustainability goals spur us on to develop green and innovative materials. For us, "We Live to Discover” means that we not only want to explore the world - but do everything in our power to preserve and protect it.

Recycled materials 

All recycled components are certified in accordance with the Global Recycled Standard. A milestone in terms of recycled goods is undoubtedly our rain-proof Texapore-Ecosphere jacket: Not only is the shell and lining made of 100% recycled polyester – the same can be said of the highly technical, waterproof membrane.

100% organic cotton 

We only use certified organic cotton in our products. Since 2013, all our products that include cotton or a cotton blend stem originate 100% from a certified ecological source. High standards are applied to growing organic cotton: It goes without saying that we strictly prohibit the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides as well as genetic modification of seeds

Down sourced solely from ethical sources where the animals’ welfare is paramount

Duck and geese animal welfare – no live plucking and no force-fed animals. We do not permit the use of down in our products which stem from either live plucking or force-fed animals. Down and feathers used in our clothing stem from sources which have been certified from independent bodies.

Stringent requirements for our leather suppliers 

Stringent requirements governing harmful substances and strictly no use of leather from endangered species. Leather is used solely in the manufacture of our shoes. Only leather which comes as a natural by-product of the food industry, and not sourced from endangered or threatened species, is used.

Merino wool only from animals where their welfare is maintained

Mulesing is a no-go for us. We pay close attention to where our Merino wool comes from – only accepting wool where the animals’ welfare is maintained. We absolutely condemn cruel mulesing, which is a painful procedure carried out in the animal’s abdomen to stop insects from nesting. This process is still carried out, for example, in Australia.

 Say no to fur

Absolutely no real fur is used for Jack Wolfskin products. We oppose the breeding of animals in order to harvest their fur. Also, we are against using fur for fashion reasons. Both undermine our company values regarding animal protection. Therefore, all the ”fur” used in our products is made from high-quality faux fur, without exception. We are participants of the international Fur Free Retailer Program. All businesses taking part in this initiative are committed to renouncing real fur. The list of participants is publicly accessible to customers. In Germany, the programme is coordinated by the animal protection organisation “Four Paws”.

Mosquito-proof by construction 

Our 100% mosquito protection has zero chemicals. With our mosquito-proof technology, we have developed an innovative, particularly densely woven yet breathable fabric, which no stingers will be able to get through. That’s why the shirts, jackets and trousers from our Lakeside collection are 100% resistant to annoying mosquitoes – without the need for chemical insect-repellent agents. 

In line with European standards 

The highest standards for our kids apparel Our number one priority for design: zero risks for kids. Safety guidelines for clothing intended for children up to 14 years old have been outlined by the European standard DIN EN 14682 since March 2005. From the very first design, our designers and technicians pay close attention to the strict adherence to these requirements. The high safety standards forbid risks such as cords and drawstrings around the neck area. 

Long-lasting products 

Highest quality and correct care Our products stand the test of time – high quality that benefits the environment. A crucial part of our sustainability concept is the manufacturing of all-round high-quality products which are extremely durable. The longer that our pieces retain their functionality and can be worn, the better they are for the environment. The energy and use of raw materials for their production become more efficient the longer the life cycle of the product. With the correct care, the lifespan and retention of the functional properties featured in our apparel can be extended even further. Comprehensive information and material on the correct handling of our products can be found by lovers of the outdoors on our website. What's more, we also offer the optimal, environmentally friendly care products and waterproofing products, which are all bluesign® certified, PFC-free and free from harmful pollutants. 

 Repair- not replace

Our repair service can avoid the need to replace. A small rip at the back of your jacket? That’s no reason to buy a whole new item. With our repair service in Germany and Austria, small damages can be quickly fixed, holes can be patched up so they are waterproof again – ensuring that your great item is fully functional and as good as new once more. Every store will take in your damaged products and send them on to our repair team. 


We are very proud to stock Jack Wolfskin here at Little Trekkers, we have a great selection  to clothing, waterproofs, backpacks and footwear available for your Little Trekkers to wear.