OEKO-TEX, the International Association for Research and Testing in the Textile Industry, recently named product innovation company, W.L. Gore & Associates Inc. (Gore) as the “January 2015 Company of the Month” for its fabrics division’s textile sustainability efforts.
Sustainability leader at Gore Fabrics, Bernhard Kiehl said, “As a company whose core competence lies in the field of innovation, it is our commitment to continually drive ecological and social development efforts without compromising the functionality or durability of our products.” We are extremely pleased that OEKO-TEX® has recognised our sustainability programme as exemplary in the textile industry and awarded us the title of “January 2015 Company of the Month.”
Since 1996, the company has been working with the OEKO-TEX Standard 100, an independent testing and certification system used for textile raw materials, intermediate and end products throughout the stages of production, to ensure that its products are safe for its customers.
Gore Fabrics also uses Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), a method used to assess the environmental impact created by a product, to evaluate its product line and make it better for the environment.
At the end of 2013, Gore was one of the first companies in the textile industry to eliminate PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), a harmful synthetic chemical, from all the raw materials it uses for its fabrics products.
General secretary of OEKO-TEX, Dr Jean-Pierre Haug said, “In the areas of product safety and sustainable production conditions Gore sets the standards for the textile industry. The elimination of PFOA is an excellent example of this. We have named Gore “OEKO-TEX January 2015 Company of the Month” in recognition of its constant efforts to find new ways forward that ultimately provide a role model for the rest of the textile industry.”