Since Sunday, the Ski Force Pro has hoisted its flag in Méribel, deploying its village with around twenty brands. The opportunity for sports stores to test the 2022-2023 ranges before launching orders. New skis which we do not yet ask the question of becoming at the end of their life after a few years of service in rental or after purchase. But that will come… circular economy) requires the sports sector to organize itself to manage the end of life of its products for skis, boots, helmets and goggles”, explains Brice Blanquart, who manages this new obligation for the mountain side of Union Sport et Cycle. USC brings together companies in the sports, leisure, cycling and active mobility sectors, including 1,500 stores in the mountains.
For brands, it will take about 1 € per pair of skis and 66 cents for shoes
This recycling channel already exists for household appliances, textiles and it should be set up over the next two years for the entire sports industry such as skiing or cycling. “We called on the Ecological company to organize the sector, which is made up of many players to work together”, explains Brice Blanquart, who is taking advantage of the Ski Force Pro in Méribel to make retailers aware of this new regulation. First mission of Ecological: recover the financial contribution from the brands according to a fee schedule calculated by weight for skis and by unit for boots. “France is the first country in Europe to put this system in place. For the brands, it will take about €1 per pair of skis and 66 cents for the boots,” adds Morgan Redouin, president of the USC mountain commission.
Repair, reuse and recycling
In a second step and by 2023, Ecologique must then organize the collection of products in stores (depending on their size) and in certain recycling centers. But this company must also manage the future of products between repair (for a second life on the second-hand market), reuse (for decoration), recovery (recovery of scrap metal and fuel in cement works) or recycling. “This last recycling option remains the most complex for skis, which are an assembly of several materials. This will require specific research and development studies which could also be financed by the eco-contribution recovered by Ecologique”, concludes Brice Blanquart. And the brands have already started to adopt a virtuous approach upstream of the design of the ranges to facilitate the recycling.
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