PERTEX® is a leader in lightweight technical fabrics with a commitment to minimise its environmental impact ‘through responsible product and business practice whilst pushing the boundaries of performance fabrics and innovation.’ It has now introduced Pertex Shield Revolve™, a more sustainable and technical waterproof/breathable material.
Pertex Shield Revolve fabrics are mono-material laminates where each layer of the fabric is made from a single polymer; in this case, 100% recycled polyester. The mono-material composition makes such fabrics much easier to be recycled at the end of a garment’s life.
This minimises the waste of resources and reduces the fabric’s overall environmental impact. They are also completely free from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including the durable water repellent (DWR) and the membrane.
Pertex Brand Director Steve Laycock said, “Conventional waterproof breathable fabrics are constructed from multiple different polymer layers, such as nylon, polyurethane, polyester, and fluoropolymers, which are laminated into a multi-material fabric. These fabrics are very difficult to recycle at the end of the product’s life due to the major challenges of separating out the different polymers into their relevant waste streams.”
RAB introduced Pertex Shield Revolve in its Downpour Eco Jacket for SS21 and, for AW21, has adopted a new 3-layer version for the Rab Arc Eco Jacket.
Jim Evans, Marketing Director, said, “At Rab, we are proud to have worked with Pertex since our early days. Together, we’ve pioneered high-performance outdoor clothing and equipment that delivers ultimate protection. Now as we are a certified Climate Neutral Company, aiming to be carbon Net Zero by 2030, everything in our design process considers our impact on the planet, without sacrificing on product performance.
“It’s great that Pertex shares that vision. Together we have succeeded in designing the Downpour Eco Jacket and the Arc Eco Jacket, using 100% recycled Pertex Shield Revolve fabric and thus reducing our impact while maintaining the performance you expect.”
KLÄTTERMUSEN will use a 2.5-layer Pertex Shield Revolve fabric in its new Brede 2.0 Jacket and Brage 2.0 Salopettes. Ida Holemen, Global Head of Marketing, said, “We always strive to find developments and solutions that evolve us beyond tomorrow.
“Circular thinking is crucial to this. Pertex Revolve series is using postconsumer recycled fibers from the face fabric to the membrane, and the protective backing to create this durable 3-layer material. So, not only recycled but also totally recyclable again. Circularity.”