The climbing rope links people and nature with each other in a unique way. It makes risk-free ascents possible and catches us safely and gently if we fall.
At EDELRID, we produce several million metres of climbing rope annually. Despite high-tech manufacturing processes, production inevitably entails rope wastage, because we only sell ropes that meet our stringent quality requirements. But what should we do with rope waste? Just recycle it? That would be a shame.
So, we embarked on a quest to find a suitable way of using our rope waste. During a visit to our local climbing gym, we noticed the NEWSEED bin. A recycling collection point for old climbing ropes? Wouldn’t that be the solution to our problem? We read online that Bettina and her NEWSEED team give old climbing ropes a new lease of life by upcycling and transforming them into colourful products.
A phone call and a meeting in Isny later, it was a done deal. EDELRID and NEWSEED became partners. Our mission was to continue using EDELRID waste resulting from rope production. We and the NEWSEED rope rescuers hope to make climbing’s eco footprint a little better.
Bettina and her team have now processed tonnes of polyamide waste from EDELRID rope production alone and given it a new and useful purpose. From chalk bags to bracelets to stylish gym bags, the NEWSEED range features lots of colourful, upcycled products. There’s even a sandal and a deckchair made of EDELRID rope waste. And each product’s unique because we can never plan for the rope waste incurred.