Design: Fjällräven Design Team
Product material: Main fabric and lining in Pine Weave made from 100% lyocell.
Product Weight: 410 g
Unique Kånken backpack made from an innovative 100% bio-based fabric.
PRIMARY INNOVATION FEATURES
Tree-Kånken explores alternatives to fossil-based materials by introducing the lyocell process into the hardware sector. This unique Kånken backpack is made from Pine Weave, a new 100% plant-based fabric made from spruce and pine trees sustainably grown in northern Sweden. It is a Kånken that dreams big, with the same reliable Fjällräven functionality you’ve come to expect from any Fjällräven product.
The backpack combines the iconic Kånken simplicity with slightly altered details that give Tree-Kånken its own identity. With a printed, reflective logo, flat front pocket and straps for securing items underneath. The fabric is waxed with a new and fluorocarbon-free special formula for a nice pre-washed look.
INTENDED SPECIFIC END USE
Carrying everyday essentials to work/school or extras on a short hike.
Using a 100% renewable, bio-based raw material taken from sustainably grown spruce and pine trees, Tree-Kånken introduces the lyocell process to the hardware sector. To create the excellent, durable filament yarn required for backpack fabrics, production includes strict controls on raw materials (pulp) and processes.
Also, the weaving method is very unusual for lyocell materials and results in a strong, abrasion-resistant fabric. Using muted colours in the final product means less chemicals and reduce the concentration of dyes. This also means reduced heat, water and chemical consumption in the dyeing process.
Fibre to fabric production using a lyocell process means 99.6% of the chemicals and 91% of the water is recycled. The dyeing process uses Bluesign certified dyes and is simplified so water and energy use are radically reduced.
The Pine Weave is durable by the construction (weaving method) and longevity is further enhanced by using a water-based PU coating, which is combined with wax (solvent-free recipe) to give an attractive patina.
Fjällräven started the Tree-Kånken project to see if they could improve on how to make an existing product and explore alternatives to fossil-based raw materials.
Using trees grown close to the Fjällräven hometown in northern Sweden, they have volume-based traceability from tree to fabric and full supply chain control.
Pine Weave has a very long lifespan, the development process includes age testing that simulates a 5-year period and 250 hours of UV exposure. In addition, the sample fabric was placed on top of the roof for three months in Taiwan where their fabric mill is located to test its lifespan.
Available in stores: August 2021
Recommended retail price: 130€
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