From the very beginning, Fjällräven's mission has been to enable and inspire more people to spend time in nature. In line with this mission, the Swedish outdoor brand's latest spring-summer collection was presented to journalists and influencers at the top of the Three Border Mountain, one of Budapest's most popular hiking spots.

At the event, Fjällräven's local brand ambassadors demonstrated how to pack a backpack for a day hike or a multi-day hike.

Then we invited our guests on a short hike to the nearby Guckler Károly lookout.

Along the way, an expert of the Hungarian Ramblers' Association gave an interesting presentation on the wildlife of the Buda Hills.

TIER, the European micro-mobility leader, starts a partnership with Vertical Values, a German start-up company giving batteries a second life by repairing and upcycling lithium batteries.

The mining of raw materials for the production of lithium-ion batteries, as used in electric vehicles like e-scooters and e-bikes, represents a major environmental burden. As part of TIER’s commitment to sustainability, the company aims to set the standard in sustainable consumption, production, and operations. The introduction of ways to give battery cells a second life, in collaboration with German start-up Vertical Values, is another milestone in avoiding and reducing emissions.

Electric vehicle batteries are prime targets for upcycling as they are typically decommissioned from their first life when the electric vehicle starts to fall short of its promised range despite the battery still holding 70% to 80% of its original charge. However, the upcycling challenge is that these batteries are made up of hundreds of lithium-ion battery cells that have all aged differently, and like in a link chain, the weakest element typically defines the capability of the entire system.

At TIER, environmental responsibility is prioritised from the highest levels with its co-founder and CEO, Lawrence Leuschner, bringing extensive experience in the refurbishment of products. For this very reason, the Berlin-based provider embraces re- and upcycling and practices the benefits of a circular economy to minimise the environmental impact of its vehicles.

Ailin Huang, Head of Sustainability at TIER Mobility, said: “We are delighted to work with Vertical Values to extend the lifespan of e-scooter batteries and have a new partner who can help make our light electric vehicles even more environmentally friendly. We always first prioritise reuse over recycling according to circular economy principles. Next to the e-scooter as a whole, the batteries hold the biggest opportunity for reuse as they still have over 80% of their capacity even after several hundred charging cycles. So, it’s absolutely critical that we scale up the reuse of batteries!”

The Vertical Values team said: “We are excited to partner with TIER. Together we will set a new standard for the micro-mobility industry in terms of battery sustainability.”

Vertical Values repairs the defective e-scooter batteries and extracts the cells from broken e-scooter batteries. Each extracted cell is evaluated individually to determine its SoH (State of Health). Once the cells are properly tested, they will be sorted. Sorted cells are then repurposed and turned into new products, which extends the lifespan of the cells.

TIER strives to set the bar for sustainability in the micro-mobility industry and is continuously pioneering the development of new standards. In 2021, TIER announced its partnership with Northvolt, a leading innovator and supplier of sustainable, high-quality battery cells and systems, to improve the environmental impact of the batteries used for electric vehicles. TIER also partnered with Nunam, a German-Indian impact-driven start-up company advocating for a green power supply in rural India.

The first Vízangyal Health & Beauty Center opened its doors in the centre of the BudaPart district, combining modern urban attractions and closeness to nature. The lifestyle centre offers mineral water-based Vízangyal products, a variety of treatments and an exclusive café.

Levente Balogh, who has made Szentkirályi mineral water a market leader, entered the beauty market last year with his Vízangyal cosmetic product range of Szentkirályi mineral water-based products. As the next step in promoting a health-conscious and balanced lifestyle, the businessman launched the Vízangyal Health & Beauty franchise system, the first lifestyle centre of which opened in March this year in the BudaPart district. The facility, which is dedicated to the physical and mental replenishment of guests and to proper hydration, offers beauty treatments, pilates and yoga classes, a showroom and a Beauty Café. The mineral water-based treatments and products are unique both domestically and internationally, and the franchise is planned to be launched not only in Hungary but also in major cities abroad, with the first launch in Dubai this year.