Biodegradable Textile Finish Wins OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARD 2013

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Biodegradable textile finishwins OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARD 2013

Schoeller’s sustainable DWR ecorepel® wins the renowned OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARD in Friedrichshafen in the category ’Products of high ecological and sustainable value’.

Schoeller Technologies recently introduced an innovative water and mud repellent textile finish, ecorepel®, based in biodegradable paraffin chains. What impressed this year’s Jury at OutDoor is the combination of exemplary environmental safety and uncompromising performance.

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ecorepel®’s success at the fair confirms the rising expectations of the community for sustainable outdoor apparel. The discussions around fluorocarbons (i.e. PFC’s) have gained attention through the publication of the Greenpeace study in October 2012, making the public aware of non-degradable compounds that can be dangerous to people and the planet and are commonly used in performance textiles. ecorepel® resigns the use of these components that have commonly been considered essential for DWR, and instead works with eco-friendly paraffin. Similar to a thin layer of wax, the long paraffin chains wrap themselves around individual fibers thereby reducing their surface tension so that water droplets and even mud with significantly higher surface tension run off simply. ecorepel® contains neither PFOA nor PFOS and is biodegradable. Nevertheless, the finish shows excellent test results in terms of wash permanency and resistance to abrasion. The fact that ecorepel® has now won the OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARD may well be read as a trend-setting sign for the trade.

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Schoeller Technologies offers smart and innovative textile technologies. The company is based in Switzerland and is globally active licensing its technologies since 2000. Schoeller Technologies is a subsidiary of Schoeller Textiles and focuses on the development of textile technologies that are made available to production partners in the form of patents and trademarks. Textile technologies from Schoeller have received numerous international awards and are featured in functional clothing and textiles of international premium brands. In addition, the major emphasis is placed on sustainable, environmentally conscious and responsible manufacturing.

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