Rekånken textile recycling

New version of classic backpack

Fjällräven's classic Kånken backpack is getting a new lease on life in the form of the Re-Kånken backpack. The new backpack is made from 95 % recycled materials and will hopefully, in turn, be recycled again.  

Fjällräven wanted to create a backpack with very little environmental impact while still meeting the requirements for durability and functionality.

"It meant that we had to start from scratch, with nothing but the classic design," explains Svante Björkroth, Product Developer at Fjällräven.

Fabric made of plastic bottles

Fjällräven needed to identify a material and method able to meet the requirements – a job that took some time. The result of all their hard work is the new Re-Kånken backpack. Unlike its older sibling, Re-Kånken is made from recycled plastic bottles.

Also the fabric was coloured using the SpinDye technique. Fabric is usually dyed in a chemical bath, after which it is rinsed and dried. The SpinDye technique involves adding dye earlier in the process while spinning the recycled polyester into threads. This method uses fewer chemicals, 75 % less water, and nearly 40 % less energy.

Environmental benefits verified

Swerea assisted through conducting environmental assessments of the recycled raw materials.

"Swerea conducted a third-party audit of the results, carried out on-site inspections, and has provided us with valuable corroboration. When we inform our customers that we have reduced the environmental impact and explain our choice of processes, it is important to verify the results with facts from a third-party. The collaboration with Swerea has given Fjällräven increased assuredness in our decisions and has contributed to increased transparency in our value chain," says Christiane Dolva, Head of CSR, Fjällräven.