Gore Fabrics outlines eco-friendly innovations

21 Feb '19
3 min read
Pic: WL Gore & Associates
Pic: WL Gore & Associates

WL Gore & Associates (Gore) Fabrics is using scientific research to drive eco-friendly improved material innovations that deliver uncompromised performance with a reduced environmental footprint of Gore Fabrics’ products, said its Responsibility Update 2018. One of its key achievements is the progress towards elimination of PFCs of Environmental Concern.

In 2017, Gore Fabrics announced the ambitious goal to eliminate PFCEC from the entire lifecycle of consumer products by the end of 2023. In early 2018, the fabrics division reached the first key milestone of this roadmap by introducing the first Gore-Tex laminates with a new durable water repellency (DWR) that is free of PFCEC. Gore Fabrics also reports on the increased use of recycled and solution-dyed materials in Gore-Tex products and a new Life Cycle Costing methodology for its Technical Oriented Fabrics. In 2018, Gore Fabrics became a member of the initiative 'Make Fashion Circular', joining forces with several global brands in a commitment to develop new pathways for the textile industry informed by the principles of a circular economy, the report added.

Extending the useful life of a product remains the most effective way to reduce its environmental footprint, as shown in Gore Fabrics´ LCA studies. The durability of a functional product´s performance is a key enabler as well as proper care. In order to help consumers prolong the useful life of Gore-Tex gear, in 2018 Gore Fabrics launched a 'Wash & Care' pilot project, and supported Patagonia’s 'Worn Wear Tour' to make Gore-Tex products last longer through technical repair.

Furthermore, the 2018 report contains an update about Gore’s Guidelines for Social Responsibility (GSR) programme. Three years ago, Gore rolled out a multi-step, multi-year program to ensure alignment with its licensees on social responsibility goals. The aim being to join forces with Gore customers and suppliers to improve the lives of workers that make finished products from our Fabrics products.

"In 2018, we achieved ‘Code alignment’ with all our consumer-oriented fabrics licensees, meaning hundreds of Gore customers have either signed Gore’s Guidelines for Social Responsibility or provided a Code of Conduct of their own that meets industry standards. We have also made significant progress towards the same goal with our business partners making apparel to protect professionals, i.e., technical-oriented fabrics licensees," Bernhard Kiehl, Gore Fabrics’ sustainability leader, said.

The Responsibility Update 2018 has also highlighted volunteering efforts Gore Associates have initiated with support of the company. This includes raising €10.000 through the 'Bike-To-Work' initiative and support of the Mountain Forest Project in the Bavarian Alps. Finally, the report features two athletes of the Gore-Tex team, Greg Hill and Stefan Glowacz, who went on different expeditions, but shared the same goal: reducing their environmental impact while exploring nature and climbing mountains.

Gore Fabrics Division revolutionised the outerwear industry with waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex fabric 40 years ago and remains a leading innovator of performance apparel. Gore fabrics products provide comfort and protection in challenging environments and in everyday life, enabling wearers to safely and confidently achieve and experience more. (RR)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India

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