Being a company located in the heart of the Serra de Tramuntana and made up of lovers of nature and of mountain & outdoor activities, it has always been completely natural for us to work with a series of very clear values and habits in this regard. This way of working, in favour of nature and against pollution, avoiding waste and the bad habits of today’s throwaway society, and so minimizing our ecological footprint, could be summarized in the following points:
Manufacturing boots with a long durability.
For this objective to be fulfilled to the maximum, we also need your collaboration as a user. Therefore, please use preferably the adequate boots for each different activity and environment (more information here), and always try to give them the adequate care and maintenance (more information here)
Manufacturing repairable boots to further extend their useful life.
It is normal and inevitable that the boots suffer some wear, like any product that is subjected to intensive use, wear and tear. This is the case, for example, of the sole, usually the area with the most abrasion and wear. Other materials that might wear out are, for example, the inner Gore-Tex membrane, insoles, laces, etc.
In order not having to throw away your boots once the sole, or another part of the boot, has worn out, we offer our customers a repair service. (More information here). Another option is to take the boots to specialist cobblers near your location. (More information here). You can also buy original spare parts for easily changeable parts, such as laces and footbeds.
Manufacturing in Europe with European materials
Using high-quality European materials has always been a constant throughout Bestard's history. In this way, we can obtain products with a high level of comfort, durability and finish, at the same time that we minimize the transport necessary to take the material to our factory, and then the finished product to our markets, minimizing our ecological footprint caused by transports.
Traditionally, cowhide has always been the material par excellence for making hiking boots, and despite the introduction of many synthetic materials, at Bestard we continue using leather in a large part of our collection. Unlike synthetic materials, leather is 100% natural, biodegradable and a material of recovery.
To minimize the ecological impact of the tanning, we only work with two tanners, both able to meet our demands both for the quality of their products as for the ecological way of tanning: Perwanger in South Tyrol, and Heinen Terra-care in Germany. The extremely high level of quality of the leather of these two tanners is due, on the one hand, to their long tradition and passion as tanners, but also to only due to working only with hides from well-cared for European cows.
Low impact from our manufacturing process
The manufacture of mountain footwear itself is a clean process that generates little waste. Naturally, the little waste generated, is collected and treated by companies authorized for the treatment of industrial waste. In the administration department, most of the processes are digitlized, thus ensuring a minimum use of paper and ink. All paper used is recycled, and all paper thrown goes back to recycling.