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Ecorepel from Schoeller wins OutDoor industry award
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With the development of ecorepel, Schoeller Technologies has introduced an innovative water and mud repellent textile finish on the basis of biodegradable paraffin chains. What impressed the Jury of this year’s OutDoor is the combination of exemplary environmental safety and uncompromising performance.

ecorepel’s success at the fair confirms the rising expectations of the community for sustainable outdoor apparel. The discussions around fluorocarbons (PFC’s) have gained attention through the publication of the Greenpeace study in October 2012, making the public aware of these non-degradable compounds. 

ecorepel resigns the use of fluorocarbons that have commonly been considered essential for DWR, and instead works with eco-friendly paraffin. Similar to a thin layer of wax, the long paraffin chains wrap themselves around individual fibers, thereby reducing their surface tension so that water droplets and even mud with significantly higher surface tension run off simply.

Ecorepel contains neither PFOA nor PFOS and is biodegradable. Nevertheless, the finish shows excellent test results in terms of wash permanency and resistance to abrasion. The fact that ecorepel has now won the OutDoor INDUSTRY AWARD may well be read as a trendsetting sign for the trade.

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