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Should questions about the safety of PTFE worry the performance apparel industry?

Report summary: This report analyses a number of concerns surrounding the use of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), which is widely employed in the production of water repellent textiles. The report highlights the development and use of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), which is at the heart of almost all of W L Gore’s proprietary processes. The report also provides profiles of rival products and technologies which are claimed to be environmentally friendly alternatives to PTFE, including

21st January 2011

Innovation in Textiles
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Sports/​Outdoor, Protective, Clothing/​Footwear

Report summary

This report analyses a number of concerns surrounding the use of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), which is widely employed in the production of water repellent textiles. The report highlights the development and use of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), which is at the heart of almost all of W L Gore’s proprietary processes. The report also provides profiles of rival products and technologies which are claimed to be environmentally friendly alternatives to PTFE, including Ekolab from Helly Hansen and SympaTex membranes from SympaTex.

Table of Contents

Fast track: should questions about the safety of PTFE worry the performance apparel industry?

How safe is polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE)?

ePTFE: at the heart of almost all of the proprietary processes of W L Gore

SympaTex: an environmentally friendly rival to Gore-Tex?

Helly Hansen promotes the environmental credentials of Ekolab while criticising PTFE

W L Gore continues to introduce new products based on ePTFE

ePTFE and chemical components used in its production comply with REACH but concerns remain

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'Fast track: should questions about the safety of PTFE worry the performance apparel industry?' Textiles Intelligence, Performance Apparel Markets

Published 4th quarter 2010 

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