Ex4 - Be one with the elements

Ex4 - Be one with the elements

To be outside, to challenge the body, to be one with the elements: this is what motivates us. The close, local connection to nature also inspired the creation of the sustainable Ex4 gloves. Launched in Winter 2020/21 and is based on four pillars: use of recycled materials, carbon-neutral, PFC-free, and a repair service. The range is a new and pioneering flagship product for the company.


The four pillars of the collection

Winter 2020/21 is looking very promising for ZIENER: with the new freeride-oriented Ex4 gloves range, the manufacturer wants to set an example and steer the company towards the future. In addition to its high quality and functionality, the winter sports gloves for men and women stands out for its sustainability. The products use recycled materials such as Sympatex, Polartec® and PrimaLoft® to ensure a sustainable, environmentally friendly cycle. Furthermore, the range is carbon-neutral: all emissions are offset by internationally recognised climate protection projects. For this ZIENER is working with ClimatePartner, which will designate the manufacturer a climate-neutral company in 2020. In addition, the Ex4 products are PFC-free – a PFC-free impregnation is used instead. As the cherry on top there is a repair service for the Ex4 range, so that the products bring joy for as long as possible – following the principle "Repair, reuse, recycle".

ZIENER enters its fourth generation

Repair, reuse, recycle – that is precisely the management’s aim. Franz Ziener and Frank Burig want to make the company climate-neutral within the next three years and focus on recycled and decomposable materials for the complete range. It's clear that this won't happen overnight. Throwing away the materials that have already been purchased is not in the interests of the environment. Franz Ziener wants to achieve these self-imposed goals by his retirement in three years' time, and hand over an environmentally friendly company to the fourth generation of the family. "You’re sawing off your own branch if you don't respond to climate change and adapt," says the managing director. "This is why we will do everything in our power to bring about sustainable change in the company. We are convinced that this is the only way to go."

The story behind Ex4

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In addition to the four environmental aspects of the collection and the transition to the fourth generation of the family, the number "4" also occurs again and again in nature: in the seasons, the directions or the elements. "We at ZIENER are always out and about in nature – because we love outdoor sports and we always get our ideas during activities out in nature. The name Ex4 is a tribute to nature and the four elements," says Managing Director Frank Burig. The slogan "BE ONE WITH THE ELEMENTS" expresses exactly this feeling and the story behind the collection. Going out, letting loose and being one with nature and its elements – this is what the range stands for with its highly functional, stylish products.

We are very proud that ZIENER can call itself a climate-neutral company from 2020. ClimatePartner has drawn up a CO2 balance for our location in Oberammergau - the greenhouse gas emissions determined are now being offset by nationally and internationally recognised climate protection project. From the 2020/2021 winter season, the company is going a step further when it comes to climate protection: its facility and the Ex4 collection with ski gloves is becoming climate neutral.

Click here for the new Ex4 Handschuh-Kollektion.

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