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27th September 2019, Clitheroe

Pertex announces ambitious sustainability targets

Pertex is known among outdoor enthusiasts for its lightweight and highly durable performance fabrics. © Pertex

Pertex is known among outdoor enthusiasts for its lightweight and highly durable performance fabrics. © Pertex

At this year’s Performance Days in November, ingredient brand Pertex will be announcing its sustainability aims and targets following the completion of the brand’s first Sustainability Report. The report highlights the brand’s commitment to continue to minimise its environmental impact through responsible product and business practice.

The company aims to do the following:

  • Reduce demand for virgin raw materials by replacing with materials from recycled waste streams, wherever possible.
  • Reduce energy and water consumption.
  • Eliminate the use of potentially harmful chemicals. 

2022 targets

By 2022, the brand intends to produce 80% of fabrics containing a minimum of 50% recycled content. Between 2016 and 2019 the brand has diverted 29 million PET bottles and 400 tons of nylon waste from landfill. The Pertex Eco range of fabrics contain between 50% to 100% recycled content with polyester fabrics deriving from post-consumer and post-industrial nylon recycled content.

Another goal is to have 100% of fabrics produced to use non-fluorinated DWR finishes. Since 2010 Pertex has been developing high performing, non-fluorinated DWR finishing technology.

The company also plans to introduce solution dyed products. Conventional bath dying is one of the most polluting, energy and water intensive processes of fabric production. Whereas solution dying uses up to 60% less water and reduces CO2 emissions by up to 50%.

Performance and innovation

“Rest assured though that the above will not dilute the brand’s focus on pushing the boundaries of performance fabrics and innovation,” the company reports. An example of this is the launch of the superlight 10 denier Pertex Quantum made from 100% recycled Nylon and YFuse fabrics made from 100% recycled polyester and 100% recycled Nylon.

“At Rab, we aim to work with partners who are as committed as we are to delivering quality products with positive sustainability credentials. That’s why working with brands like Pertex, who actively work to minimise their environmental impact and who understand the importance in protecting the world we live in, is so important to us,” commented Tim Fish, Rab’s Brand Director.

As part of the brand’s responsible and sustainable practice, EOCA member Pertex works with a number of independent certification bodies, including Bluesign, Oeko-Tex and Global Recycled Standard.

www.pertex.com

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