Eco-friendly transport – by train instead of container ship
Part of the GENESIS sneakers are made in Spain, another part in Asia. All GENESIS sneakers from Asia are taken by train to Duisburg harbor, which is five kilometers away. The harbor of Duisburg is the end of a 11,000-kilometer railway line that leads from the Chinese city of Chengdu via Kazakhstan, Russia, Poland to Germany. On the way back the trains bring German cars and goods to the People‘s Republic in the Far East. The route is part of the new Silk Road, a network of trade routes connecting the Republic of China with Asia, Africa and Europe. The Silk Road has existed for more than 2000 years. At that time, it was the most important trade route between Asia and Europe. Because silk was mainly transported from east to west, it got the name Silk Road. We made this decision consciously, because transport by container ship pollutes the environment much more. The fifteen largest seagoing ships in the world emit more harmful sulfur oxides every year than all 760 million cars worldwide. Seagoing vessels usually sail on the open ocean with heavy oil, a filthy pulp left on the refinery floor and containing up to 3.5% sulfur. This is 3500 times more than allowed on land in gasoline and diesel. The impact on the climate is devastating. The black soot particles are blown into the Arctic, where they are deposited on the ice. The dark ice surfaces melt much faster due to the sun‘s rays. In addition, the particulate matter is a danger to health.