Presca’s goal is to be the defacto standard for teamwear in the cycling, triathlon and athletics marketplace.
Sustainability is at the very heart of our business. Our mission is to provide teamwear of the highest quality, with the least environmental impact. Presca was formed to prove that performance and sustainability go hand in hand. In every fabric we choose and with every decision we make, we are driven by the Presca Standard.
Our team is made up of experienced athletes with industry expertise in environmental science, design and business management. Aside from our professional backgrounds we love to race. Within our team we have two GB age group triathletes, other staff members have competed in numerous ironman, ultra-running events and many sportives.
We have links with world-leading research institutes, keeping us at the forefront of processes within our industry, and we have developed a range of teamwear, including the world’s first sustainable skinsuit, made from recycled materials with an ethical supply chain.
The Pro Performance and Pro Planet 2020 range maximises an athlete’s performance, utilising cutting edge design using the most advanced recycled materials.
We create custom teamwear for cycling, running and triathlon using cutting-edge sustainable and recycled materials, with an ethical supply chain.
We are based in the North East of England, an area with significant expertise in clothing manufacture and have ties with world leading research institutes. In addition we work with industry-leading sportswear designers and factories to develop our clothing.
Pushing the boundaries
We have developed a model that shows a circular economy is a profitable economy. Sport is one of the most powerful engagement tools and our products show that performance and sustainability work hand in hand.
Our garments are tested by elite athletes to ensure best-in-class performance. So while you’re striving each day to ride faster/run further/swim harder we’re pushing the boundaries to bring you the highest performance teamwear, from the most sustainable sources.
We have created the worlds, most sustainable skinsuit made from recycled plastic bottles and fishing nets which has been tested and approved by elite athletes. And in 2019 the Vitus Pro Cycling p/b Brother UK race team helped us to develop and road test our latest garments. We’re proud to support Team Boompods for the 2020 race season to help further develop our range of women’s road cycling kit.
We’re committed to ensuring the highest environmental and social standards in the manufacture of our clothing. We have developed the Presca Labour and Environmental Standards, which we expect our suppliers to sign up to. These are based on the Fairwear Foundation standards (the accreditation scheme for our leisurewear manufacturers).
These standards mandate fair treatment of workers, including a living wage for all their staff. They also include identify environmental best practise and allow us to identify where our suppliers are already making a positive impact, and where we can work with them to help them to improve. We follow the hierarchy below when choosing where to focus our efforts on making positive impacts throughout our supply chain:
Serious performance, from recycled plastic bottles.
We’ve spent many years researching the most sustainable fabrics we can find and have developed a stable of fabrics that are fit for every purpose. Most teamwear on the market is made from man-made (“synthetic”) fibres - the vast majority of these are derived from crude oil. These fibres are infinitely variable and as such are perfectly suited to fulfil a huge range of uses. They’re also extremely durable and hard wearing (which is a great thing when they’re being used for their original purpose, but not so good when they reach the end of the road and are away).
We create high-performance teamwear from the things that others have thrown away. We use materials derived from plastic bottles and fishing nets and turn them into high-performance teamwear. Once these materials have been reprocessed, the resulting fabrics have the same chemistry and the same composition as “traditional” fabrics from non-renewable sources. Ours just have a better back story.
Whilst we strive to be 100% sustainable we’ll never compromise on performance. On very rare occasions we use fabrics that aren’t recycled, or recyclable, where a suitable “sustainable” fabric does not yet exist. This is usually for a very small element of a garment which has a specific complex performance requirement. We source these from ethical suppliers and are working hard to phase these out as soon as possible.
We regularly attend leading textile fairs to keep our finger on the pulse of latest developments.
Where are our fabrics made
We choose to work with premium Italian fabric mills with a great heritage of making fabrics for performance teamwear. Choosing Italian made ensures we can guarantee highest quality whilst minimising our supply chain and distance travelled by our fabrics.
All our technical wear is manufactured in the UK and Europe, keeping our supply chains as short as possible. This keeps transport emissions low, makes for easy communications, and reduces our turnaround times.
We’re continually looking for ways that we can improve our supply chain, in line with our Presca Labour and Environmental Standards. For example, our main manufacturing partner is already sourcing 100% of their electricity from renewable energy. We’re working with them to identify other ways to make their operations even more sustainable.
Our Environmental/Social impact
We’re already ahead of the curve in terms of reducing environmental impact, through our material choices. Using recycled fabrics reduces the use of virgin resources, and keeps materials within the economy, instead of losing them to landfill or incineration.
For example, every jersey we make repurposes approximately 14 recycled plastic bottles, uses 60% less energy and 94% less water to produce than the alternative made from virgin materials.
However, our impact extends beyond the fabrics we use and how they’re made. To this end we’re embedding an Environmental Management System to track and improve key environmental indicators such as CO2 emissions, energy, and water use.
One key area of focus is our greenhouse gas emissions. We already calculate the emissions from our day to day operations, business travel, and energy use. The next step will be to understand the emissions associated with our whole supply chain. I.e. how much energy and emissions is “embedded” within each of our garments. This includes all the fabrics and trims, how much energy it takes to make each garment (and where this comes from), our packaging, and the lifecycle transport emissions of each item.
Once we’ve baselined these figures our next step will be to look at how we can reduce that embedded energy and emissions, and then to look at how we offset any residual emissions we can’t remove.
IN USE IMPACT OF OUR CLOTHING
Research shows that approximately 2/3rds of a garment’s impacts arise during the in-use phase. We have therefore put together our recommendations for how to reduce the impact of laundering your garments on our Ecowash page