As cyclists, many of us are as passionate about our coffee as we are about our cycling. At OORR, we have now distilled these two passions beautifully into our apparel. Our newest jerseys (available now here) are made with unique fabric, incorporating used coffee grounds (yes, you read that correctly!) and recycled plastic bottles (polyester). Not only does this combination look and feel OORRsome, the technical performance is arguably better than fabrics used by other high-end manufacturers.
Take a look at our Kickstarter film below to get the full low-down on our campaign;
The coffee acts as a disruptor to the smooth surface of the yarn, and although you can't see or feel the difference, this feature gives the fabric much more surface area. Having more surface area enables the fabric to wick moisture more effectively and dry 50% faster than other technical polyester fabrics. It also has more surface area to refract sunlight, thereby improving UV protection. Finally, the very nature of coffee is deodorising, giving the fabric permanent anti-odour qualities. (Flight attendants use ground coffee to neutralise smells in stinky aircraft toilets!) #NB; The Frogskin technology is no longer used. More on that here
During the Design Phase, we tried and tested many different ideas, but there were only a few that really resonated with our team personally. The designs that made it have clear purpose, and are highly functional, without losing any degree of style.
We also managed to use our founder's experience as an Airline Pilot in some of our products, utilising the same pattern of contrasting diagonal lines found in aircraft flight decks on our clothes, to make sure our riders stay safe on the road.
Used coffee grounds are taken, then run through a patented process and mixed with PET to create yarn. That yarn is then blended with another made from recycled plastic bottles to produce our one of a kind high-tech, eco-friendly fabric which then - with the help of our skilled team - get turned into the jerseys, bibs and apparel that you know and love!
The fabric we use to make our garments are made with between 25% - 100% recycled materials, depending on the garment and the majority of OORR production is carried out in one city, reducing carbon emissions further through cutting transportation requirements.
The fabric is made in Bluesign or Oeko-Tex certified facilities (the gold standard for eco-friendly textile production), guaranteeing the highest attention to detail when it comes to reducing harmful chemical waste during production, and recycling of waste water.
We also use carbon neutral shipping within Australia via Sendle, and all of OORR packaging is made using recycled or eco-friendly materials. We've also chosen not to manufacture swing tags for our new range (knowing that these are the first thing to get thrown straight in the bin!) - instead electing to maintain online access to hang tags that our customers can view long after they've received their garment.
What all of this means is that the fabric used in our apparel dries faster, defeats odours, and has a higher UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) than our competitors, plus saves the equivalent of around 1.7l of Petrol and has a significant impact on lowering our Carbon Footprint.
Our range of OORR products all feature our key signature features -
And our activewear range is perfect for a range of fitness pursuits, from Gym workouts, to TRX training and running (as well as post training coffee, of course..!)
You can buy true to size for a figure hugging fit, or size up if you prefer a looser cut, and our products also boast abrasion-resistant, four-way stretch material, meaning nothing is going to hold you back.
"I've tested a lot of kit through my years riding and for me, a heavy sweater, this is by far the most breathable and comfortable cycling kit. Plus, I love, love, LOVE how the dazzle kit looks and feels!" - Loren Rowney, Former Pro Cyclist for World Tour Team Orica
"I ride about 25 hours a week, and I've been putting this kit through the ringer for months! It's comfortable, fits like it did on day one, and still looks great!" - Aaron Bicknell, Pro Rider Team Mobius
NB: OORR does not own the patented process that embeds the Coffee into the yarn, however OORR makes high performance fabric with that yarn, which is proprietary to OORR.