Sympatex introduces Bionic Finish Eco

The first fluorocarbon-free durable, water-repellent textile finish is here
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December 19, 2008, Hampton, New Hampshire – Sympatex, a manufacturer of environmentally-friendly laminates used in high-performance textiles—announces its recent partnership with bionic-textile finishing specialist, Rudolf Chemie, and the joint development of Bionic Finish Eco—the first fluorocarbon-free durable, water-repellant (DWR) treatment for textiles.

Sympatex with Bionic Finish Eco represents a significant departure from previous textile-treatment technology. DWR finishes using toxic fluorocarbons have been used in the textile industry for over 30 years. Unfortunately, materials made from fluorocarbons are often classified as hazardous because they can release poisonous and carcinogenic compounds when manufactured or burnt. Until now, DWR finishes made without fluorocarbon never delivered the same level of performance as finishes with fluorocarbon.

“Sympatex laminates treated with Bionic Finish Eco provides the first fluorocarbon-free alternative that does not compromise on functionality and performance,” says Dennis Hannon, general manager of Sympatex USA.

Bionic Finish Eco eschews the old fluorocarbon technology in favor of biology according to product developers. At the microscopic level, Bionic Finish Eco is composed of an eco-friendly hydrocarbon matrix forming star-shaped, hyper-branched polymers or “dendrimers.” Inspired by the crystalline-like branches in treetops, the dendrimers create an invisible, flexible structure that is water-and-dirt repellant, highly wear-resistant, and survives rigorous washing. Breathability is also retained, since the finish does not contain paraffin. Bionic Finish Eco is free from harmful organic halogens and fully biodegradable.

Sympatex with Bionic Finish Eco creates a shell-and-membrane laminate system ideal for ski jackets, outerwear, and other high-performance apparel and footwear.

“Sympatex membranes are made from polyester-polyether, which is free from solvents and harmful substances,” says Hannon. “Sympatex products are fully biodegradable and recyclable. Adding Bionic Finish Eco is a perfect fit for our products and brand with regard to superior performance and kindness to the environment,” says Hannon.

Sympatex
Sympatex, Europe's leading weatherproofing system, is a registered trademark of Sympatex Technologies GMbH. Sympatex membranes provide optimal performance and environmental friendliness. Sympatex is a bluesign® partner and complies with the world's strictest environmental protection, health, and safety guidelines. The Sympatex U.S. Sales and Technical Service Office is located in Hampton, New Hampshire. For more information, visit www.sympatex.com or call 603-929-3901.

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