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We’re doing research to become more and more sustainable as a sport. Here are the finished and ongoing research projects.

Making rock climbing shoes more circular

The goal of the Circular Chain Project (in Dutch: Circulaire Ketenproject, a subsidy traject from the RVO – Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland) was to make rock climbing shoes more sustainable through recycling and repairing. The project ran from 2020-2021 and was successful, as it resulted in ongoing climbing shoe repair as well as recycling climbing shoe rubber into fitness floors.


Ongoing research projects

We are currently in two research projects:

1 – ‘Schoenmaker, pak een andere lees’ is a subsidy traject from Citylab010 where we aim to get shoemakers from Rotterdam trained to become certified climbing shoe cobblers, as well as increasing the amount of rock climbing shoes for repair. We research the market for these shoemakers and the logistics to move the repairable shoes easily. We do this by promoting and extending our REsole program as well as educating climbers.

2 – ‘Circular climbing wall’ is a subsidy traject from the city of Rotterdam, to research the possibilities to make indoor climbing walls more circular.