The Excess Collection
A new kind of collection turning surplus material into new products and targeting the existence of excess fabric, one offcut at a time.
05 September 2023
As a clothing brand, it’s apparent that our business will never be a totally sustainable one. But that’s never stopped us from recognising the importance of being responsible, and questioning what we can do to ensure our impact is as small as it can be. From our product repair kits to incorporating recycled materials, we’ve always led from the front in terms of sustainability within cycling. In a world where greenwashing is all too common, we’re wearing our waste problem on our sleeve with a new kind of collection that turns excess fabric into world-class apparel.
We recognise to some extent that as a clothing business the existence of surplus is unavoidable. Whilst we are working hard to minimise it, we aren’t able to eliminate it completely. This is due to three main reasons that are implicit within our industry; product amendments, cancellations and minimum order quantities (MOQ) that are set higher than our required amount. But, that doesn’t mean we’ve given up reducing our impact in other ways. Since initially launching our Excess programme with the Giro and Giro Donne switch-out kits for team EF, we have begun working to incorporate the use of surplus materials wherever possible. Our goal is to minimise excess to a point where we do not have enough to make a collection, but rather introduce it as standard practice when we can. We’re working towards long-term solutions for surplus, not just a quick fix for today.
For 2024, the uppers on team EF’s bibs will be made from excess too. This waste-reducing mindset also reaches our MTB gear, with all of our repair patches being made from surplus material. Plus, we’ll be releasing a limited edition athlete collection constructed entirely of excess material later in the season. Sign up below to be the first to know more.