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Cradle-to-gate seal for leading sailcloth manufacturer

Company’s production facilities are now 100% climate-neutral.

13th October 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Kempen, Germany

Transport/​Aerospace, Sports/​Outdoor

The sustainability programme of Dimension-Polyant – the world’s leading sailcloth producer and manufacturer of X-Pac lightweight, durable and 100% waterproof laminates developed for packs and bags – is built around climate-neutrality, sustainably sourced materials, longevity of products, and recycling.

This year, the company’s production facilities in Kempen, Germany and Putnam, Connecticut have become 100% climate-neutral. Carbon emissions have been recorded within the DIN ISO 50001 framework and significantly reduced through the use of green electricity and gas and other measures. All remaining emissions are being reduced by a carbon offset programme in corporation with ClimatePartner and its Plastic Free Oceans climate protection project.

“The Covid-19 pandemic gave us time to reflect, review and take action on our sustainability goals, beginning first with making our production facilities as green as possible,” said Uwe Stein, Dimension-Polyant CEO. “We are proud that our commitment in 2020 directed us to being 100% gate-to-gate carbon neutral in 2021. We are also pleased to have teamed with ClimatePartner in its marine protection program that ensures less plastic gets into the sea and is used instead for recycled material.”

To help consumers identify its eco-friendly materials, Dimension-Polyant has developed the cleenTEC seal. Materials carrying the it are guaranteed to have been manufactured in climate-neutral production facilities and include one or more environmentally-friendly innovations. 

The use of recycled materials furthers the reduction of carbon emissions by saving valuable resources and Dimension-Polyant is expanding its X-Pac range of environmentally friendly materials to complement its popular VX line of laminates. Its new RX Line is made of 100% recycled polyester made from USA-sourced PET bottles.

Dimension-Polyant is also researching end-of-life circular solutions for products made with its used materials together with the Saxon Textile Research Institute (STFI).

“Sustainability is a journey and we’ll continue along our path to lower our carbon footprint and work with brand partners to develop products their customers can feel good about purchasing, and use over and over again,” Stein concluded.

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