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Pertex pledges new sustainability aims

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At this year’s Performance Days fabric fair in Munich, 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 firm says it aims to: Reduce demand for virgin raw materials by replacing with materials from recycled waste streams, wherever possible; Reduce energy and water consumption and eliminate the use of potentially harmful chemicals.

Its target for 2022 is for 80 per cent of fabrics produced to contain a minimum of 50 per cent 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 per cent to 100 per cent recycled content with polyester fabrics deriving from post-consumer and post-industrial nylon recycled content.

In additon, it wants100 per cent of fabrics produced to use non-fluorinated DWR finishes. Since 2010 Pertex has been developing high performing, non-fluorinated DWR finishing technology.

The firm will also 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 per cent less water and reduces CO2 emissions by up to 50 per cent.

Rab’s brand director, Tim Fish, works closely with fabric technology and said: “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.”

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.

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