Until now, PFCs were almost irreplaceable in guaranteeing protection against water, oil and dirt. And yet the Idstein-based outdoor specialists have announced that half of the apparel collection will already be PFC-free by winter 2014, two years earlier than originally planned.
“We have distinguished ourselves as the first outdoor company with a concrete roadmap until 2020, outlining our plans to move away from fluorine chemicals, ban harmful substances from the supply chain and ensure transparent manufacture among our suppliers. And we are working purposefully towards this goal”, said Christian Brandt, Chief Operating Officer at Jack Wolfskin.
“We have taken the first step by banning PFOA from the production process by summer 2014. In addition, we will also be successively replacing products containing PFCs from our collection from winter 2014. We were not surprised to learn that Greenpeace found PFCs in the jackets they tested, as both models were most likely produced in early 2013. As we have no control over the length of time our products are traded, there will still be products available during the interim period which contain PFOA.
“This aside, products are completely safe for our customers and fulfil the strict requirements stipulated in the comprehensive list of harmful chemicals (GreenBook). According to Greenpeace, the use of these chemicals is predominately a problem in the countries of production. We are in full agreement with them on this matter and are working hard to address this issue.”
At the worldwide renowned sportswear trade fair ISPO in Munich in January, Jack Wolfskin will be presenting an apparel collection for autumn/winter 2014, whereby almost half of the articles will have been produced without PFCs. Jack Wolfskin’s original plan was to only produce the Travel collection in winter without the use of fluorine chemicals. Yet, Jack Wolfskin has been able to adapt more fabrics in the autumn/winter 2014 collection earlier than originally planned and is therefore well ahead of schedule.
By publishing a detailed plan of action in the spring under the motto, “Going the extra mile”, Jack Wolfskin has cemented its status as an industry pioneer in the environmentally friendly management of chemicals. In extending its current responsibility for the product to include comprehensive responsibility for its production, Jack Wolfskin has made a commitment to transparency with regard to its manufacturers throughout the supply chain.
Promoting the motto "Going the extra mile", the company aims to avoid harmful substances, including APEOs and phthalates, from the production process, as well as removing any flourine chemicals by 2020. Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht and Fresenius University of Applied Sciences are collaborating with Jack Wolfskin in order to achieve these goals through fundamental research as well as research into applications.
Apparel/Garments | On 26th Sep 2017
The US Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements has...
Textiles | On 26th Sep 2017
Thrace-LINQ, a global supplier of fabrics for the textile industry,...
Fashion | On 26th Sep 2017
Ending the months-long wait, Google has unveiled its smart denim...
We have broad range of options in durable fabrics
Narayan Tex Fab
I find it hard to find professionals in Surat
Zenitex Mill Pvt Ltd
Full of green energy
Technical Absorbents Ltd
Mark Paterson, R&D manager of Technical Absorbents Ltd talks about Super...
Paolo Ocleppo, Rotary Cutting Segment manager, Sandvik Hyperion discusses...
Bombay Textile Research Association
Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) is a leading name in textile...
Label Ritu Kumar
‘Classics will return’ "There are a lot of people wearing western clothes ...
Gildan Activewear SRL
Gildan Activewear, a manufacturer and marketer of branded clothing and...
Yash P. Kotak
Bombay Hemp Company
One of the directors of Bombay Hemp Company, Yash P. Kotak, speaks to...
Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?Yes No Skip
Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?Yes
Total Votes: 49
Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?Yes No Skip
Total Votes: 49
Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?Yes No Skip
Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?Yes
Total Votes: 49
Thanks for your valuable feedback. Claim your free latest sustainability e-book.
Total Votes: 49