ecorepel combines function and sustainability

Following its launch in January 2012, ecorepel®, the water repelling high-tech finish from Schoeller Technologies, is firmly on course for major success.
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Seattle, July 2012: Following its launch in January 2012, ecorepel®, the water repelling high-tech finish from Schoeller Technologies, is firmly on course for major success. Companies such as Mammut and Adidas Porsche Design have shown great interest in textiles that are ecologically water repelling. What makes ecorepel® the right choice is not only its environmentally friendly aspect, but also the wide range of possible uses on different fibers and materials.

In the development of ecorepel®, Schoeller found inspiration in nature. All waterfowl, for example ducks, produce an oily secretion to make their feathers water repelling. ecorepel® imitates exactly this sort of impregnation as it is based on long, biodegradable paraffin chains that wrap themselves as a spiral around the individual fibers, filaments or yarns in a very fine film. This reduces surface tension so that water droplets and even mud with significantly higher surface tension run off simply. The breathability is not affected and the feel remains pleasantly soft.

Among those enthusiastic about the benefits of ecorepel® is Daniela Schuermann, Teamleader Fabric Apparel, from Mammut, “We consider ecorepel® a really exciting technology and are currently testing it. It is fascinating to see how an environmentally friendly finish can also achieve terrific results. “Materials Manager Claudia Gockel from Adidas Porsche Design, “ecorepel® is an ideal alternative to existing solutions. We can very well envision using ecorepel® for selected items in our new collection.”

The possible uses for ecorepel® are wide-ranging. Applications on various fiber types such as wool, cotton and synthetic fibers have already tested successfully. Its effectiveness on fabrics like denim, soft-shell and fleece has also been proven.

ecorepel® is a wash resistant high-tech finish that does not negatively affect our environment, either in its production or in its use. As no fluorocarbons are used, it is biodegradable (in accordance with OECD 302 B (80 – 100 %)), passes the Oeko-Tex®- Standard 100 test and complies with bluesign®.

Find out more at Outdoor Retailer, Booth #38091

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