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Empel – better chemistry, better application

Redefining the standard in PFAS-free anti-wicking technologies for footwear.

6th July 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Albuquerque, NM, USA

Clothing/​Footwear, Sustainable

As bans on perfluoroalkyl chemicals (PFAS) accelerate across dozens of US states and in several European countries, Albuquerque-headquartered Green Theme Technologies (GTT) claims to be the only brand which is able to exceed current performance standards while eliminating PFAS from footwear production.

To back this up, the company has 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 of 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.”

Recently tested and certified as PFAS-free by Bureau Veritas, Empel uses no so-called  “forever chemicals” yet still achieves the best water repellent and anti-wicking fabric protection available.

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 sports 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.

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