Jack Wolfskin outdoor wear is saying goodbye to fluorine chemicals up to 2020

Jack Wolfskin outdoor wear is saying goodbye to fluorine chemicals up to 2020

The German outdoor wear specialist has a detailed time schedule to ban fluorine chemicals and other pollutants from its supply chain and to play a pioneer role in the industry

To achieve the ambitious goal the company is cooperating with Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht (centre for material and costal sciences, securing basic research), as well as with Fresenius University (application research). Reputed scientists are committed to basic and application research. The company is also a member of the Fair Wear Foundation and has played in the past also a pioneer role through the publication of a social responsibility report on its suppliers and in aspects of social standards in manufacturing countries. Up to 2020 the total substitution of PFC should be made possible and at the same guaranteeing wearers of Jack Wolfskin wear excellent protection against weather influences and to play an active role in view to environmental protection. In addition EcoAid by Manfred Krautter is assisting the company in the optimisation of product security and sustainability along the textile value chain. Since 2011 the firm is also a system partner of bluesign® textile sustainability standard.

2014 Jack Wolfskin will sponsor an international conference organised by Fresenius University on per-fluorine and poly-fluorine chemicals, as well as PFC free, but water, oil and dirt resistant materials, to date not existing for textiles. Already today the outdoor wear specialist is spending a high six digit sum to secure a clean production process and it intends to increase this sum in the next few years.

www.jack-wolfskin.com

www.hzg.de

www.hs-fresenius.de

www.fairwear.org

www.ecoaid.de


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