For years, Sympatex – one of the leading manufacturers of high-tech functional solutions – has been considered a trailblazer in the field of environmental protection. Now, the company has developed its first 100% recycled jacket for the protective workwear market. The eco-friendly Sympatex membrane is combined with a recycled external fabric and the first fluorocarbon-free DWR (durable water repellent) finish. All of the materials are produced in Europe using ecologically sound processes. The jacket will be presented for the first time at this year’s A+A in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The external fabric of the two-layer protective work jacket is made from completely recycled polyester, derived from old PET bottles. Sympatex developed the coating used for the jacket in close cooperation with Rudolf Chemie. Together, they succeeded in developing the first fluorocarbon-free DWR finish for textiles. This creates a 100% waterproof and windproof fabric with maximum breathability, without compromising on ecological considerations.
A wafer-thin layer of BIONIC FINISH ECO is applied to protect the clothing from dirt and moisture. It is also biodegradable and free from organic halogens. In addition to environmental friendliness, BIONIC FINISH ECO offers an extremely wear-resistant structure. This gives it a degree of durability that was previously unheard of. All of the jacket’s accessories, such as its zips and lining, are made from 100% recycled materials. The whole jacket is 100% recyclable.
The membrane system used by Sympatex fulfils high standards of functionality, comfort and environmental protection. The Sympatex membrane is completely windproof and waterproof, yet extremely breathable. It is completely biodegradable and does not leave any harmful residues behind when it is recycled. By contrast, membranes based on PTFE are considered problematic for the environment and health because PTFE cannot be broken down naturally. Fluorocarbons have been used to manufacture water-repellent textile coatings for over 30 years. They are not biodegradable and many compounds in this class of substances are toxic.
As the only manufacturer of recyclable membranes, Sympatex is a bluesign® partner, and therefore fulfils the world’s most stringent guidelines for environmental protection, health and safety. The Sympatex membrane is also skin-friendly – it has been awarded the Oeko-Tex Standard 100.
With its new protective work jacket, Sympatex is once again proving that maximum performance and environmental protection are not mutually exclusive. Sympatex will be presenting the jacket for the first time at the A+A in Düsseldorf from 3 to 6 November 2009 in Hall 04, Stand F11.