By choosing cycling over driving we’re already on the way to contributing towards a sustainable future, and spending our time outdoors on our bikes makes us particularly sensitive to the impact of climate change. We can see how the seasons are changing, the weather is becoming more extreme, and we can smell the pollution in the air. 

This is why we are committed to doing our bit to shift the balance back in favour of the environment. Here at Velobici we feel a responsibility to push forward with a sustainable narrative on as many fronts as we possibly can. In doing so, we hope to inspire others, including you, to do the same. Paying it forward in the most environmentally friendly way possible. To this end we commit to improving sustainability throughout our production process, from the materials we use to our supply chain and logistics partners. We know we are not there yet, and we face challenges in meeting our objectives, but each move we make towards our sustainability goals is one done for the benefit of our environment. We all want to ride in a greener, cleaner world. Achieving this aim is down to the choices we make. 

We’ve already got a head start on this – by manufacturing small production runs at our own factory based in our home county, Leicestershire that has a rich heritage in garment making, by doing this we minimise waste and transportation. We’re also working on our supply chain but need to balance sustainability with quality to ensure we produce garments and accessories that last and therefore don’t need to be replaced as frequently. We believe our industry needs to reduce its impact on the environment and we promise to continue our drive towards sustainability. We hope others will adopt a similar approach.

“We’re all well aware that getting on our bikes is also one of the most environmentally-friendly methods of transport we can choose. Even so, the industry that supports cycling still has a long way to go to combat climate change. As part of that industry, Velobici has made a decision to focus on becoming as sustainable as possible.

 

Chris Puttnam – Velobici MD

PLANET

The process of manufacturing Velobici products is one that demands considerable resources from our planet. That could be via the direct use of utilities through our factory or indirect use of plastics and wastage through the supply chain. We pledge to take a full audit of our entire production processes to help identify where and how we can reduce our impact on the environment. These investigations will cover an investigation into renewable energy sources to power our factory, working with suppliers to reduce plastic waste, removing all non-recyclable plastic from our packaging and recycling fabric offcuts from the factory.

PEOPLE

We’ve always believed that the people we work with are the soul of Velobici. We are lucky to count generations of craftspeople among our incredibly talented workforce and we know that as an organisation, we have a duty to keep the UK manufacturing industry alive. That is why we have pledged to provide a fair standard of pay to all of our workforce, and to operate an apprenticeship programme to enable future generations to become masters in their craft. In doing so we support our local economy.

PRODUCTION

Our push towards sustainability starts with our production process, and we have initiated an audit of our materials library using the industry recognised Higg Index to begin to gauge the sustainability of our fabrics. Additionally we will make public our supply chain to provide a clear and transparent picture of the materials we use and where they come from. Our ultimate aim is for all of the materials we use to be Blue Sign and Oeko Tex certified and to work with factories that produce recycled and eco friendly materials.

PRODUCT

Velobici products are the opposite of fast, disposable fashion. We believe in products that transgress time, that possess a style and level of quality that will provide years of dependable service. These values alone represent a sustainable business model – people need to consume less, to treasure the items they do buy, and feel confidence in their longevity. Velobici garments are made to last. In the event something does fail or you crash in your kit, we will repair your garment, free of charge. And because transport can throw up its own environmental hurdles, we have chosen to partner with DPD to get your items to you, who are switching to electric vehicles and renewable energy sources.

PLANET

The process of manufacturing Velobici products is one that demands considerable resources from our planet. That could be via the direct use of utilities through our factory or indirect use of plastics and wastage through the supply chain. We pledge to take a full audit of our entire production processes to help identify where and how we can reduce our impact on the environment. These investigations will cover an investigation into renewable energy sources to power our factory, working with suppliers to reduce plastic waste, removing all non-recyclable plastic from our packaging and recycling fabric offcuts from the factory.

PEOPLE

We’ve always believed that the people we work with are the soul of Velobici. We are lucky to count generations of craftspeople among our incredibly talented workforce and we know that as an organisation, we have a duty to keep the UK manufacturing industry alive. That is why we have pledged to provide a fair standard of pay to all of our workforce, and to operate an apprenticeship programme to enable future generations to become masters in their craft. In doing so we support our local economy.

PRODUCTION

Our push towards sustainability starts with our production process, and we have initiated an audit of our materials library using the industry recognised Higg Index to begin to gauge the sustainability of our fabrics. Additionally we will make public our supply chain to provide a clear and transparent picture of the materials we use and where they come from. Our ultimate aim is for all of the materials we use to be Blue Sign and Oeko Tex certified and to work with factories that produce recycled and eco friendly materials.

PRODUCT

Velobici products are the opposite of fast, disposable fashion. We believe in products that transgress time, that possess a style and level of quality that will provide years of dependable service. These values alone represent a sustainable business model – people need to consume less, to treasure the items they do buy, and feel confidence in their longevity. Velobici garments are made to last. In the event something does fail or you crash in your kit, we will repair your garment, free of charge. And because transport can throw up its own environmental hurdles, we have chosen to partner with DPD to get your items to you, who are switching to electric vehicles and renewable energy sources.