- Great Repairability
Product description by Bergans of Norway
The Helium 55 is equipped with the latest generation Bergans QuickAdjust™ PRO, which means more function, low weight and great carrying comfort. The backpacks have a practical front zip opening, an easy compression system and are hydration system compatible.
Bergans QuickAdjust™ PRO, adjustable torso length. Back, shoulder straps, and hip belt covered in ventilating foam with mesh surface.
The classic top opening with snowdrift collar and full, vertical zip opening in front make it easy and fast to find your gear.
Open side pocket in mesh.
3D formed hip belt with a high level of comfort and a wide range of motion.
Detachable top lid (saves 70 g in weight). The lid is also height adjustable.
Versatile compression system for use both at the front and/or at the side. Plenty of attachment points for items such as skis, ice axe/pole. Adjustable sternum strap. Hydration system compatible. Key attachment clip. Sled attachment points. Attachment points for universal side pocket. YKK zippers.
It’s great to see that Bergans is looking into backpack recycling as one the first brands. Customers can already give or send back their backpacks to the Bergans Flagship store in Oslo, Norway. In other countries, please ask the local dealer.
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GRV Transparency ToolHelium 55
- Bergans is privately owned and has a code of conduct, which was formulated with the «Ethical Trading Initiative Norway»
- bluesign® system partner, Eco Lighthouse certified for headquarters
- Strategic reduction of CO2e (climate gas emissions), good repair service with local end of use options
- Bergans invests in social and environmental projects: EOCA, Mountain People, i Care, DNT (Den Norske Touristforening)
- Focus on long-term cooperation and dialog in the supply chain, a strong production control system and a support system to assist suppliers in fulfilling the principles in their Code of Conduct.
- A recent Natural Capital Accounting study enables Bergans to measure the ecological impact related to product manufacturing.
- Environmental reporting according to «Ethical Trading Initiative Norway».
- Part of the SME program for the «design development module» and other modules of the Higg Index.
- Manufactured in Vietnam with a long term partner.
- Polyamide fabric optimized for durability.
- Transportation from Asia to Europe by boat, then by truck from the central distribution point in Hamburg/D.
- Repair is possible by Bergans partners, but pieces are also available to be delivered at home.
- Bergans started a recycling program for backpacks in Oslo. Sending in your old backpacks is definitely a good idea. In Germany, please ask your dealer.
- Brand Management
- Brand Commitment
Brand Management for us at GRV means to look at all the issues, which are directly controlled and integrated by the Brand’s Management towards business and supply chain strategy as a whole.
With Brand Commitment GRV is looking at the pro-active efforts towards sustainable development on all levels like the % of sustainable product lines within the whole portfolio, or life cycle assessments and public reporting. These are key indicators of the engagement of a Brand towards responsibility.
On this level GRV is looking at product related information, like material content, supply chain and certification. Warranty, reparability and „end of use“ advice are also important aspects. At the moment, GRV is looking at selected highlight products from different product lines, which show the special sustainable efforts of the brand.
Bergans has designated staff for environmental and social issues. Their defined goal in Expedition 2020, is an annual sustainability training for all Bergans staff, as they believe, that knowledge is key to empower colleagues, suppliers and customers to take sustainable actions.
All staff has participated in a program called “Live the product” besides that Bergans gives the opportunity to educate all staff members to be certified DNT Tourguides.
The Sustainability Training for all staff was concentrated on all employees in Norway and Germany, the next step will be to educate the Staff in all Bergans stores (Outlets, Brandstores).less
Bergans is a partner of the bluesign® system, which ensures chemical management, as well as management of natural resources and safe working conditions.
Bergans is Eco-lighthouse (Miljöfyrtårn) certified to continuously improve their own environmental performance. The already have renewable energy for all buildings in Germany and Norway, the next step will be their own stores.less
Reduced design, clear guidelines and innovative quality oriented material choices.
In 2016 Bergans has conducted a Natural Capital Accounting in order to understand the environmental impact of their product portfolio better.
Bergans goal for Expedition 2020: Verified environmental footprint for Bergans’ products and operations.less
Sourcing Philosophy (Tier One- Manufacturers)
Bergans Code of Conduct guides all sustainability work with manufacturers. Through dedicated projects, like improving social dialogue in factories, they aim to drive measureable improvements.
Bergans is part of two pilot projects with the IEH in China, which focus on Workers Engagement. Bergans is also testing the Higg Index with some selected manufacturers.
Bergans’ goal for expedition 2020: five supplier projects a year.less
Environmental & Social Projects
Bergans works with DNT (Norwegian Tourist Organization) and other organizations to enable people to share the experience of being outdoors. Education and health are cornerstones for building healthy societies.
Bergans supports Mountain People’s work to build schools and offer basic heath services in Nepal
and iCare’s work towards Vision 2020 – to eliminate preventable and treatable blindness. Bergans is dedicated to help to stop loss of biodiversity and partner with EOCA . They also support a project called WILD which aims at documenting some of the most amazing environments on the planet to inspire more people to engage in conservation.less
One event booth will be used for at least eight fairs (Ispo & OutDoor). Since a long time, Bergans doesn’t print a catalogue anymore, but uses an electronic work-book.
Bergans has „green workplace“ initiatives in place for internal events at Head quarters.
All meetings are held in certified hotels. If possible, car sharing is encouraged to all meetings.
Reporting in activities at the headquarters is ensured according to Eco Lighthouse.less
Bergans ships as much as possible by boat and minimize air-freight to reduce climate gas emissions. The verified reduction in climate gas emissions is a strategic issue. Bergans’ goal for expedition 2020: Less than 2% air shipment.
This is still work in progress.less
Packaging & Labeling
By choosing more and more recycled and renewable raw materials (such as plastic bags made of oyster shells!) for all packaging and making sure to recycle it after use, Bergans reduces impacts from logistics. Bergans just launched a Packaging RSL, which all suppliers have to sign.
Bergans’ goal for expedition 2020: All packaging materials from sustainable sources.less
Repair & End of Use
Bergans aims to maximize product lifespan through guidance on product care and offering repair service. All garments not suitable for sale are sent to their partner Human Bridge for reuse or recycling.
Besides that you can take back any Bergans garment, they are also working on the possibility to recycle backpacks and has a first take back system in place (Flagship store in Oslo). For other countries, please ask the local dealer.less
Natural Capital Accounting (NCA)
To learn more about the environmental impact, Bergans assessed their more sustainable
choices of materials by Natural Capital Accounting. Natural Capital Accounting (NCA) is a method to calculate environmental benefits in monetary value. It converts the use of the natural resources (of materials, during production, distribution, use and end of life) into a value, which reflects the societal cost of the environmental impacts of the product. NCA helps to find out the most efficient ways of minimizing the ecological footprint of a product, and providing clear guidelines for product design and the use of materials.less
Environmental reporting according to «Ethical Trading Initiative Norway».
Share of “environmentally friendlier” products
Bergans works on four key areas to reduce their environmental impact with products:
- bluesign® approved fabrics,
- Fading out PFC’s for waterproofing
- Using more sustainable raw materials such as recycled and plant based synthetic materials (like Ecodear) that significantly reduce the environmental footprint of products
- Using the RDS (Responsible Down Standard) and the RWS (Responsible Wool Standard) for animal welfare.
The goal to use more the 75% bluesign® approved fabrics:
The actual % varies from one product category to another. Summer season 2017: The insulated and down products being a leader with 92%, followed by Softshells with 74 %, Fleece with 35 %, Shirts & T-Shirts with 8 % and Shell only 7 % bluesign® approved fabric.
The goal to be PFC free:
All new Softshells for the coming summer season will be equipped with PCF free water repellants. The first PFC free products are already on the market: Some Outershells of the mountaineering collection Slingsby and one Hardshell from the Cecilie Skog Collection.
The goal to use 70% “more sustainable” raw materials:
The actual % varies from one product category to another for summer 2017: Shirts & T-Shirts 71 %, Softshell 18% and Fleece 13 %, Shell only 4 %.
RDS (Responsible Down Standard)
100 % RDS certified down in 2016. The Responsible Down Standard enables third party verification of the whole down supply chain.
RWS (Responsible Wool Standard)
Bergans works on the implementation and are planning to have the first products in FW 18/19 in the stores.less
Share of “socially responsible” products
100% of the products come from manufacturers, which are audited by Bergans staff and need to comply with very stringent criteria. Working conditions, payment and health and safety ensure a minimum standard and every manufacturer needs to sign the code of conduct.
Bergans has long-term relationships to most of the manufacturers (Tier One).
Suppliers (Tier Two) also need to sign the Code of Conduct and an RSL (Restricted Substance List). Bergans takes part in the HIGG SME pilot project.less
Bergans invests into innovative fabrics like Ecodear®, which is a plant based Polyester made from sugar molasses and therefore not competing with the human food supply.
Design & Material
This backpack is made from a very durable Polyamid (Nylon) material and designed for a long life. For this backpack Bergans supplies parts for repair. For everything, which can’t be repaired by an individual, you can send your pack in for repair in each country.less
Bergans started a recycling program in Norway for backpacks and is currently researching material recycling options for backpacks. If your pack is done, don’t hesitate to send it back.
There are no specific certifications for this back-pack, however there is only a limited number of certified raw components for backpacks on the market yet.
Sourcing Strategy & Traceability
This backpack is produced in Vietnam with a long-term partner.
Chemical Management (PFC’s)
Face fabric has a C6 PFC chemistry, which is regarded as a hazardous substance. The decision to use this chemistry was made to guarantee the technical performance. Bergans has the goal to fade out PFC chemistry by 2020.less
Social & Environmental Responsibility
Bergans is visiting their factories on a regular basis to make sure, production goes according to their environmental and social guidelines.
This product contains no animal product and is therefore vegan.
Bergans has a sophisticated repair program.
Ole Ferdinand Bergan founded Bergans 1908 in Oslo/Norway. The brand employs ca 150 people worldwide with a turnover of ca 85 Mio €. It is best know for skiing, hiking and mountaineering.