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Pertex Shield Revolve for circular possibilities

Mono-material waterproof fabrics designed for a circular future.

17th September 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Clitheroe, United Kingdom


Shield Revolve is a new mono-material waterproof fabric being launched by lightweight technical fabrics leader Pertex, headquartered in Clitheroe, UK.

“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,” said Steve Laycock, Pertex brand director. “These fabrics are very difficult to recycle at the end of the product’s life due to the major challenge of separating out the different polymers into their relevant waste streams.”

Each layer of Pertex Shield Revolve is made from 100% recycled polyester, reducing the overall environmental impact of the fabric. The fabrics are also completely free from per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), including the DWR and the membrane.

UK outdoor brand Rab introduced Shield Revolve in its Downpour Eco Jacket for Spring/Summer 21 and for Autumn/Winter 21 has adopted a new three-layer version for the Rab Arc Eco jacket.

“At Rab, we are proud to have worked with Pertex since our early days,” said Jim Evans, Rab marketing director. “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 Shield Revolve fabric and reducing our impact while maintaining the performance you expect.”

Swedish brand Klättermusen will also use a 2.5-layer  Shield Revolve fabric in its new Brede 2.0 jacket and Brage 2.0 salopettes.

“We always strive to find developments and solutions that evolve us beyond tomorrow,” said Ida Holemen, the company’s global head of marketing. “Circular thinking is crucial to this. The Pertex Revolve series is using post-consumer recycled fibres from the face fabric to the membrane, and the protective backing to create this durable three-layer material. So, not only is it recycled but also totally recyclable again.”

Austria’s Martini Sportswear has adopted Shield Revolve in four new styles, including the Turbulence and Changeover jackets.

“Every single one of our products enables athletes to achieve personal best performances,” said the company’s marketing manager Ludwig Moz. “To ensure this, highly functional and reliable materials play a crucial role. When choosing them, in addition to functionality and longevity, the impact on the environment is also of great importance to us. Thanks to the careful use of resources during the production process, the high proportion of recyclable content and the associated low disposal costs, Pertex Shield Revolve is the right material.”

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