News-Releases Index | W.L. Gore and Associates
Gore Presents GORE-TEX Products with a
PFCEC Free DWR at Outdoor Retailer Show (7/18/18)
W. L. Gore & Associates is proud to announce that it reached a first key milestone on its Fabrics
Division’s journey towards the goal of eliminating PFCs of Environmental Concern (PFCEC) from the life
cycle of the large majority of its consumer fabrics portfolio by 2020. This ambitious goal was
announced in February 2017 (www.gore-tex.com/pfcgoal).
At the Outdoor Retailer Show in Denver, CO, Gore will present its GORE-TEX 2-Layer jackets that utilize
a DWR treatment (Durable Water Repellent) free of PFCEC while keeping Gore´s GUARANTEED TO
KEEP YOU DRY™ brand promise. On display will be jackets manufactured by customers The North
Face, Marmot, Black Diamond and Outdoor Research.
In addition, the outdoor jackets shown at the booth reflect a second big step forward in Gore’s efforts
to reduce the environmental footprint of its consumer fabrics products: They all are manufactured with
Gore laminates utilizing face-textiles made from recycled materials – another key initiative within the
Fabrics Division’s sustainability strategy.
Using recycled materials helps reduce the amount of plastic waste that otherwise would end up in
landfills or incineration. The recycled nylon is currently sourced from pre-consumer waste while its
recycled polyester stems from used PET bottles.
Bernhard Kiehl, Sustainability Leader for Gore’s fabrics division: “The GORE-TEX jackets shown at our
booth have a PFCEC free DWR treatment and face-textiles made from recycled materials. They
represent our strong intent to offer environmentally improved products. The positive feedback we have
received from customers and consumers on our innovations motivates us to work even harder on
developing further advanced material solutions. We continue our efforts to deliver fit-for-use products
that provide the best possible combination of high performance, durability and a low environmental
While Gore‘s current consumer fabrics product collection for the Autumn/Winter 2018 includes more
than a dozen GORE-TEX laminates that are manufactured with face-textiles made from recycled
materials, this number is expected to almost triple by the Autumn/Winter 2019 collection.
Also ready to be rolled-out by customers for the Autumn/Winter collection 2019 is another innovation:
solution-dyed face-textiles. Solution dyeing is a technology that – compared to conventional yarn
dyeing processes – saves up to 60% in water usage and significantly reduces CO2 emissions. During
the solution-dyeing process, dyestuffs are mixed with the nylon or polyester pellets prior to spinning
into yarn. The resulting yarn is permanently, deeply colored and ready to be woven into fabrics.
Gore has also developed a new textile backer that combines the advantages of solution dyeing and
recycled content resulting in an offering of an additional range of 18 laminates with solution dyed
content to GORE -TEX brand partners from 2019 onwards.
Thomas Kiebler, Gore Application Engineer, explains: “We seek to expand our share of solution-dyed
textiles due to two compelling advantages: solution-dyeing helps reduce our environmental footprint
and offers a performance benefit of superior color-fastness to light – which will allow consumers to
enjoy the brilliance of colors for longer than usual. And, as we know from our Life Cycle Assessment
studies, using durable outerwear for a long time is the best thing you can do to reduce its impact on
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