The development of eco-friendly alternatives will only be accelerated when ongoing awareness and focus is put onto this issue, because we as a manufacturer have to rely on the supply chain. VAUDE is taking this issue very seriously and already has many PFC-free water repellent products. VAUDE has voluntarily agreed to become fully PFC-free across the entire collection no later than 2020.
The following FAQs will provide you with answers to key questions regarding the issue of fluorocarbons. Find out what to watch out for when purchasing outdoor products and what VAUDE has planned for its transition away from the use of PFCs.
Full transparency regarding our transition to PFC-free products can be found in addition here.
Good outdoor clothing must be water and dirt repellent to provide the necessary protection in all weather conditions. To achieve this functionality, chemical substances are used. Poly- and perfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) play an important role in the manufacturing of outdoor gear.
Direct comparison test of two different waterproof Altiplano jackets after 10 minutes of water spray:
Photo left: Waterproofing/DWR with PFC (C6) and good water beading effect.
Photo right: PFC-free waterproofing/DWR, which allows the jacket to fully absorb water.
PFC is an abbreviation for per-and polyfluorinated chemicals. This is a group of substances that have water- oil- and dirt-repellent properties. They are employed in the manufacture of many products used in everyday life, such as non-stick frying pans, fire fighting foam, home textiles (carpets) as well as functional textiles. The outdoor industry, however, is only responsible for a small fraction of the PFCs released over the world.
You can find an overview of VAUDE products with Eco-Finish here.
Further information on the issue of PFC and VAUDE’s commitment to environmentally friendly products can be found here.