Our Eco-Design Approaches and Criteria

How do we eco-design? When is a product considered eco-designed? Discover some of Decathlon's different eco-design approaches.

Our Eco-Design Approaches and Criteria
Our Eco-Design Approaches and Criteria

how does it work?

Plastic bottles are cleaned and crushed into chips.
These chips are then poured and heated and turn into a kind of paste. The dough is transformed into a filament using an extrusion screw.
This filament is wound around a spool: the recycled polyester thread is created!

how does it work?

At Decathlon, we claim eco-design on a product when more than 70% of its weight is made from recycled polyester.

Our Eco-Design Approaches and Criteria
Our Eco-Design Approaches and Criteria

how does it work?

To create the yarn necessary for making textiles, polyester is placed in the form of a paste in a sort of tube. With a very fine hole at its end, an endless screw (called an extrusion screw) pushes the material out of this tube into a fine filament. 

At the same time as the polyester paste, colour pigments are inserted therein in powder form. So when the thread comes out, it's coloured and ready to be used to design your products.

At Decathlon, we claim eco-design on a product when more than 50% of its weight is made up of fabrics dyed using the Dope Dyed technique.

Our Eco-Design Approaches and Criteria
Our Eco-Design Approaches and Criteria

how does it work?

In organic farming, seeds used are non-GMO (genetically modified organism) seeds. To avoid using pesticides when growing, our farmers also add natural products that repel harmful insects instead of using harmful chemicals.

At Decathlon, we claim eco-design on a product when 90% of its main fabric is made of cotton from organic farming.

Our Eco-Design Approaches and Criteria
Our Eco-Design Approaches and Criteria

how does it work?

To recycle cotton, we recover clothes or fabrics made from 100% cotton. The fibers are then extracted to form a new thread.
During their extraction, the recycled fibers are cut and therefore weakened. Blending with virgin cotton fiber is necessary to ensure its strength.

At Decathlon, we claim eco-design on a product when 28% of its main fabric is made from recycled cotton.

Our Eco-Design Approaches and Criteria

for more info

Today, we have more than 500 eco-designed products available in our stores and on our website. But these only represent a small part of our offerings.

The current goal is for Decathlon's design teams to work towards 100% eco-designed products by 2026.