FluoroTechnology products offer unique, highly-beneficial performance properties to the outdoor industry, such as breathable membranes and long-lasting Durable Water Repellent (DWR) finishes that provide water repellency, oil repellency, stain resistance and soil release with abrasion resistant finishes for apparel and equipment.
In the most important applications, FluoroTechnology products help keep people safe by delivering life-saving protection in extreme weather and temperatures. Ultra-harsh and emergency conditions become survivable and are less drastic.
Oil repellence, long considered a luxury by the outdoor user, is increasingly understood to prevent loss of water repellency from oils such as body oil, sun tan lotion, food and dirt.
Garments and equipment treated with FluoroTechnology also have a longer useful life, therefore reducing energy and water used to manufacture replacements. They also require less frequent laundering, lower wash temperature and shorter drying time, further reducing use of water and energy.
The use of FluoroTechnology in the outdoor apparel and equipment industry supports more than 5,000 jobs in the U.S. and almost 40,000 jobs in Europe. Globally, FluoroTechnology materials and products specific to the outdoor apparel and equipment industry generate a total of $27.3 billion in economic output.1
High-Performance Outdoor Applications:
- Sleeping Bags
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- Guidance for Best Environmental Practices (BEP) for the Global Apparel Industry, Including Focus on Fluorinated Repellent Products
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1 Based on preliminary estimates of 2013 data by the American Chemistry Council.