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Superior footwear protection with GTT’s Empel

Platform is redefining the standard in PFAS-free anti-wicking technologies.

5th September 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Albuquerque, NM, USA


As PFAS bans accelerate across dozens of US states and in several European countries, Green Theme Technologies (GTT), headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, says it is the only brand able to provide textile finishes that exceed current performance standards while eliminating PFAS from footwear production.

Recently tested and certified as PFAS-free by Bureau Veritas, the company’s Empel process uses no “forever chemicals” in its chemistry, yet still achieves the best water repellent and anti-wicking fabric protection available.

Shoes protect the wearer from the wet, dirty ground and therefore demand exceptional performance and durability. Independent testing reveals that GTT’s new anti-wicking tech for shoes outperforms current industry standards for dryness, durability and stain protection, beating all current C6 and C0 treatments.

GTT is currently working with several global footwear brands in the sport and outdoor markets who are seeking superior anti-wicking, stain protection and sustainable performance. Internal evaluation by these brands is delivering outstanding results and footwear featuring the Empel anti-wicking tech will be available to the public in 2023.

GTT  has also worked with the Hohenstein Institute to attain Oeko-Tex Eco Passport certification.

“Green Theme Technology is at the forefront of apparel, footwear and textile innovation, not just because it is utilising better chemistry, but because of how it is applying it,” said John Frazier, senior technical director with the Hohenstein Institute. “GTT’s Empel is applied using a waterless and PFAS-free technology that drives the chemistry into the fabric, increasing the performance and durability.”

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