UK-based lightweight technical textiles specialist Pertex®, has announced the introduction of a more sustainable and technical mono-material waterproof/breathable material, called Pertex® Shield Revolve™.
Steve Laycock, Pertex brand director, said that traditional waterproof breathable textiles are made up of numerous polymer layers, such as nylon, polyurethane, polyester, and fluoropolymers, that are bonded together to form a multi-material fabric. These textiles are extremely difficult to recycle at the end of their useful lives due to the significant difficulty in separating the various polymers into their respective waste streams.
Each layer of Pertex Shield Revolve is made of 100-percent recycled polyester, lowering the fabric's overall environmental effect. Pertex Shield Revolve fabrics are also completely free from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including the DWR and the membrane.
UK outdoor brand Rab introduced Pertex Shield Revolve in their Downpour Eco Jacket for spring/Summer 21 and has adopted a new three-layer version of the Rab Arc Eco jacket for Autumn/Winter 21.
Rab marketing director, Jim Evans, said that they’re proud to have collaborated with Pertex since their early days. They've pioneered high-performance outdoor apparel and equipment that provides ultimate protection by working together. Now that they're a certified climate-neutral firm striving to be carbon net-zero by 2030, everything they do in the design process takes into account their environmental effect without sacrificing product performance. It's fantastic that Pertex sees things the same way. Together, they were able to build the Downpour Eco jacket and the Arc Eco jacket out of 100% recycled Shield Revolve fabric, decreasing their environmental impact while retaining the performance you expect.
Klättermusen's new Brede 2.0 jacket and Brage 2.0 salopettes will also include a 2.5-layer Shield Revolve fabric.
Ida Holemen, the company's global head of marketing, said that they always seek to find advancements and solutions that evolve us beyond tomorrow. This necessitates circular thinking. From the face fabric to the membrane and the protective backing, the Pertex Revolve series uses post-consumer recycled fibers to create this durable three-layer material. So it's not only recycled but also totally recyclable again.
Shield Revolve has been adopted by Martini Sportswear in four new styles, including the Turbulence and Changeover jackets.
Ludwig Moz, the company's marketing manager, said that every single one of their products enables athletes to attain personal best performances. Highly functional and reliable materials play a critical role in achieving this. In addition to functionality and lifespan, they consider the impact on the environment while making their selections. Pertex Shield Revolve is the perfect material because of the careful use of resources during the manufacturing process, the high amount of recyclable content, and the related low disposal costs.
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