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Rockay launch new ethically made range of running apparel

Rockay nordic collection
Rockay's new Nordic Collection (Image credit: Rockay)

A  sportswear brand has launched a second ethically made range of running apparel. Rockay's Nordic Collection utilises recycled, eco-friendly materials and anti-microbial odour technology.

Rockay is a Scandinavian company that believes sports clothing should be made according to three core values: performance, durability and sustainability.

The new collection, which has been "inspired by Nordic nature and powerful landscapes", includes products designed "for maximum performance, using clean silhouette designs and the latest cutting-edge fabrics and technology". It includes male and female Half Tights, Run Vest, Track Jacket, Track Pants, 20four7 T-Shirt, Tech T-Shirt, Run Belt and Headband.

A spokesperson said: "The new apparel is inspired by the powerful terrains and natural elements of the Nordics. With a minimalistic design and a neutral colour palette, the range offers an elevated and timeless approach, with pops of green, blue and red for a burst of energy."

Rockay nordic collection

The range has male and female running apparel (Image credit: Rockay )

Rockay recycles and re-uses

Rockay uses several types of post-consumer recycled polyester, including a product SEAQUAL that is made from marine plastic waste and REPREVE, which is made from items such as plastic bottles. 

Q-NOVA is an Italian-made 6.6 polyamide fibre with the lowest certified environmental impact and obtained from regenerated post-production waste materials. It's claimed that in comparison to traditional polyamide, Q-NOVA reduces CO2 emissions by 45%, consumes 39% less water and uses renewable energy.    

To live up to its mission in sustainability, Rockay fabrics and manufacturing processes are certified by relevant industry standards, including Bluesign, Oeko-Tex, Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS).

Sustainability though odour control

The fewer times we wash our clothes, the better it is for the environment. Of course, there is a balance between use and odour. 

Rockay has utilised two new anti-odour technologies: HeiQ PURE and HeiQ FRESH. The technologies address body odours, bacterial-derived odours and air purification, as well as accumulated effects on synthetic fibres (“permastink”) through a bio-based, recycled composition. 

All this means consumers can wear the clothes more and wash then fewer times. 

Additionally, Rocky uses Xpore, which is a waterproof-breathable textile technology, which is lightweight, fast drying, eco-friendly and non-toxic.

Daniel Chabert, Rockay founder and CEO, says: "This new collection is part of our on-going passion for performance-ready, durable and sustainable clothing that you won’t throw away the next season. 

"It’s timeless and we’ve put so much effort into sourcing the best materials, then testing and perfecting every single detail, to inspire our runners for new miles.”  

Fiona Russell is a widely published adventure journalist and blogger, who is better known as Fiona Outdoors. She is based in Scotland and is an all-round outdoors enthusiast with favourite activities including trail running, mountain walking, mountain biking, road cycling, triathlon and skiing, both downhill and back country. Her target for 2021 is to finish the final nine summits in her first round of all 282 Munros, the Scottish mountains of more than 3,000ft high. Aside from being outdoors, Fiona's biggest aim is to inspire others to enjoy the great outdoors, especially through her writing. She is also rarely seen without a running skort! Find out more at Fiona Outdoors.