Contest – Be a responsible rider !

The European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW) has started! ♻♻
For the occasion, Tacante hold a contest!

Win a Tacante gift basket by being a responsible rider! 🤘😍

🔺What is it and how to participate?🔺
All week long, we will post tips to consume responsibly every day!
And it is also up to you to share with us in video what you do every day for the planet (at the stables or at home)!

Every day a theme will be announced: packaging, purchasing, maintenance and re-using your equipment!🌲 You will have to post your video on Instagram with the hashtag #TacanteSEDD! 😉

How to participate ? 

1. Like and follow our Facebook/Instagram accounts (@Tacante)

2. Post your video on Instagram and/or Facebook with the hashtag #TacanteSEDD

3. Identify 2 friends in the comments on Facebook and/or Instagram

Contest closes on June 9, 2019.
Results will be announced on June 13, 2019 at 6 p.m.

We will publish a leaflet on our site with our tips for those who are or want to become responsible riders!

It’s up to you now!

Our tips!

N°1: Packaging

Let’s start with the theme of packaging!
At Tacante, we have decided to reduce as much as possible our use of plastic packaging, from manufacturing to shipping!

The use of polybags, those transparent bags that are used everywhere, can be avoided! It is not obligatory to use them and alternatives exist (do not use them and/or prefer recycled or recyclable materials).

We also ship our products in cardboard boxes made out of recycled and recyclable cardboard coming from sustainable forests.

Think carefully about your action, the earth and the oceans will thank you for it! 

N°2: Purchase

#1 local channels

Welcome back for another Tacante CSR advice at the occasion of the European Sustainable Development Week!

Today we are discussing the theme of responsible purchasing!What is to be found behind a Tacante product?

Our products are made in France with materials from Europe.We are striving to use local channels and to reduce the distance travelled by the materials we use thus limiting our carbon footprint.
This geographical proximity allows us to trace the transformation process from raw materials up to the final products.
By making a deliberate choice to sell directly we are building a strong relationship with our customers.

Tacante is first and foremost a human adventure. We care for and love our suppliers, our products and our customers. This local production process allows us, on the one hand to manage our environmental impact and on the other hand, to stay close to those who make our adventure possible: our suppliers and our clients !

#2 Buy less

We are not done yet with the topic of responsible purchasing!

Now that you know everything about Tacante’s choice to opt for local channels, we are going to have a look at the key points of a responsible consumption.

The logic of a responsible consumption entails buying less but better-quality products. Buying badly-made goods inevitably leads to overconsuming resources. Giving preference to well-made and long lasting products helps reduce our environmental impact: not only do we buy less and less frequently but we also take good care of our equipement so it lasts longer.In Europe 4 million tons of new and used textiles are thrown away every year!

Textile eco-labels can be quite helpful to get one’s bearings. For example you will find on Tacante’s products the Oeko-Tex eco-label which garantees the textiles used are free from harmful chemicals. Similarly the Newlife thread we use comes from recycled plastic bottles!
Responsible consumption also endeavours to pay attention to the purchasing act: the distance covered to reach the selling point, access to repair services, what happens to my equipment at the end of its life. Is it recyclable? Can it be repaired?

To be a responsible consumer doesn’t mean to stop buying completly but carefully!

N°3: Maintenance

Almost all products require regular maintenance to ensure they function properly and they last longer.

With this in mind, Tacante offers products that are easy to maintain. Our saddle cloths are machine washable and require less frequent washes than a conventional saddle pad, thus saving water. They do not go in the dryer but dry quickly in the open air: they don’t shrink and you save energy

For stubborn stains on Tacante products we recommend the use of Marseille soap, an environment friendly product.

More generally, choosing green cleaning products on a daily basis is a responsible choice because they do not contaminate water and soils. Labels on cleaning products can be helpful. The Ecocert label is one of the most reliable, it is awarded to the manufacturers with the strictest standards.

Making your own cleaning products from natural products can be a very good alternative too! Internet is full of tutorials to create your eco-friendly multi-purpose cleaners from white vinegar, baking soda or black soap!

We are spoilt for choice so let’s get going!

N°3: Second life

#1 Second hand

The purchase of second-hand products is an effective way to reconcile economy with ecology. According to 2016 data, in France the total municipal waste per capita was 510kg for the year, more than the EU-28 average of 487kg per capita (Source: The resale of common items is one way to reduce this figure.

Second-hand sales are becoming more and more popular in all areas. In the horse-riding sector, PreppySport, the online second-hand tack room, offers riders the opportunity to resell their equipment instead of throwing away products that are not worn out, especially when we know that recycling is not developed in our sector! 

Buying second-hand doesn’t mean buying broken goods! Indeed, more and more retailers are offering warranties or refurbished products. 

Buying a refurnished product saves resources. Buying a second-hand cotton t-shirt saves 2,500 litres of water needed to make a brand new t-shirt. 

So treat yourself with second-hand products, our planet will appreciate! 

#2 Upcycling

Buying second-hand products is not the only option to extend products’ lives. Giving them a second chance or more precisely upcycling is also a good way for our products to last longer..

What is that? It is the fact of salvaging and reusing a product that is no longer used to revamp it, such as making candle holders out of glass yoghurt pots or a broom with plastic bottles!

In addition to reducing waste, recycling existing material requires less energy than creating a new product from A to Z. 
Upcycling is also a means of developing arts and crafts and the economic activity linked.

Tacante is committed to this upcycling approach alongside @ceuxquivontsurlamer and Sophie! Indeed, Sophie makes bags, bracelets, baskets and more from the scraps of Breton sailor-stripe tops and raincoats which, if she were not there, would end up in the bin! 

Not only is upcycling accessible to everyone but it is also good for the environment! So what are you waiting for to turn this old t-shirt into a riding helmet bag? 


By Morgane

Je suis la fondatrice de Tacante.

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