Peak UK have once again taken home the Special Jury Prize at this year’s Paddle Expo trade show in Germany. This time the Peak team won the award for their Peak Eco project which comprises of the companies on-going attempts to reduce their environmental footprint and increase awareness of the environmental challenges facing the paddlesports industry.
Paddle Expo is the biggest paddlesport trade show on the planet and takes place every year in Nuremburg, Germany. At the industry dinner and awards ceremony each year the best new innovations, products and achievements are carefully chosen by an international panel of industry experts.
The Special Jury Prize is the final award handed out and competition is always fierce, with some fantastic entries being considered from companies all over the world. Having previously won the award for their unique custom printed range, this year Peak were announced as winners once again and owner Pete Astles led the team up on to the stage to accept the award.
A major factor in winning the award was that for 2020 all of Peak UKs new kayaking jackets and legwear will be manufactured from material containing recycled yarn.
Another major part of the Peak Eco mission has been to remove all plastic from their packaging. The team has been phasing out plastic packaging for years and have now removed it entirely. They now use recycled card hangtags on all products, attached with compostable hemp cord, and their shipping boxes all use paper tape instead of plastic parcel tape.
In their Darley Dale headquarters they have switched to LED lighting in the offices and have been reducing plastic and waste in the everyday work environment.
Last year Pete also set up the Paddle Peak local river user group which aims to promote paddlesports and responsible river use in the Derwent Valley. Alongside other businesses and individuals in the area the team have been organising regular river clean ups and trying to raise awareness of the importance of looking after our waterways, both on a local and global scale.
For more information on Peak UK and the Peak Eco project visit peakuk.com or drop in at their Darley Dale showroom.