What are the environmental impacts of sympatex fabric?
The membrane of the Sympatex material is PTFE-free. This implies that the material does not contain any fluorine compounds. The raw materials used in the manufacturing of sympatex material is polyether/ester, a compound of polyester and polyether molecules. This makes the sympatex material absolutely environmentally friendly. The material is skin-friendly and is also recyclable just like PET bottles.
The company which manufactures SympaTex Technologies is a participant in this Greenpeace-led initiative. This initiative is done to stop the release of hazardous substances into the world’s water sources. SympaTex technologies have also won an award that Greenpeace is offering for working in this field in both 2012 and 2013.
A German organization called Textile Partnership seeks to eliminate waste, worker exploitation, and other potentially environmentally degrading aspects related to the production of fabrics. SympaTex Technologies is a member of this organization and offers transparency throughout every link in the supply chain of the production of the material. SympaTex Technologies is also a member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). This organization uses Higgs Index to evaluate the aspects of sustainability of the various business practices. This constantly strives to become the organization more sustainable.
Another feature of Sympatex material is that it is recyclable i.e. the products can be recycled just like an average PET bottle. This is the main environmental benefit of this material. Although SympaTex Technologies does not provide a special system for recycling its products. This means that there is no evidence that the products are being recycled when they are no longer in use.