In the past decade, an increasing number of people, from young to the elderly, discover the joys of outdoor sports. In fact, going outside is fun and enjoying nature is considered “en vogue”. Additionally, the use of a fluorine-containing functional membrane permitted to keep us dry regarding external water contact, e.g. rain, but also avoided accumulation of sweat from the inside thanks to high material breathability. It is only until recently that the effect of fluorinated polymers inside outdoor clothing was made public. In fact, the associated chemistry has been linked to severe negative health impacts as well as a strong effect on the ozone layer. Outdoor enthusiasts should be able to enjoy nature without damaging it.
Unfortunately for our customers, e.g. outdoor brands, the current alternatives are not performing as desired. The choices are limited to two main characteristics, either they are also fluorinated or they are nonporous sheets without the necessary breathability. Therefore, in this market, the need of a new, fluorine-free and fully porous membrane with high waterproofing is unequivocal.