Trek bikes ‘eco’ range

The following information comes directly from the company. It outlines their ‘eco’ range of bikes, which is seeking to make an environmentally friendly technology (bikes) even betterthrough their eco design range.

Image: Trek bikes

“The bicycle is the most efficient form of human transportation. It can combat climate change, ease urban congestion, and build human fitness. It brings us together, yet allows us to escape. And it takes us places we would never see any other way.

“Trek is one of the biggest bicycle manufacturers in the world. But that doesn’t mean we want to throw our weight around. We continuously evaluate our manufacturing processes and business practices to be sure our actions, and those of our employees, reflect our better-world goals.

“Bikes are inherently green. So how do we make them greener? Make them last a long time. Build them in a low-impact way. Plan ahead for re-use and eventual recycling of every component. That’s the idea behind Eco Design, a line of bicycles and parts designed front to back to lessen their manufacturing impact.

Eco Design — if you want to build bikes better, then treat them as living things.

To build bikes better, we adopted the basic principles of Eco Design, which uses the proven OKALA method to score an item’s impact on the environment from its origin to usage and eventual end of life. In other words, if we think about a product in terms of its lifecycle — with its own birth, life, and its eventual end — we then begin to understand how it impacts the world around us.

You can find a listing of some of its advocacy work here.

You can locate a dealer here. NB: you will need to say you’re looking for their Eco Range.

I have not located any information on working conditions at their facilities.

Many thanks to Ilan Abrahams for details on this range.


About Cam Walker

I work with Friends of the Earth, and live in Castlemaine in Central Victoria, Australia. Activist, dad to Tali & Mia, mountain enthusiast, climber & would be telemark skier.
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2 Responses to Trek bikes ‘eco’ range

  1. Simo says:

    Great idea. I wondered if the considered bamboo for the frame. Virtually no energy required and biodegradable.

    • Well, though bamboo for the frame would be (and look!) nice, it wouldn’t be as durable, unless put under a number of treatments which themselves probably wouldn’t be too environmentally friendly. A good concept for a more casual cyclist, but unfortunately for the kind of bikes they’re making, it wouldn’t exactly be an environmentally viable option.

      What they’re doing, however, is already very good. Hoping it becomes more widespread!

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