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Sympatex Grows Sustainable Product Portfolio Geared for Performance Wear

When it’s deliver-or-die, supply chains become the lifeblood of a company. To that end, the fashion industry has embraced technology to navigate today’s hyper-complicated supply chain, with myriad solutions shaping the first, middle and last mile. Call it Sourcing 2.0.

Sympatex Technologies is stepping up its green game.

The German functional fabrics specialist teamed up with Italian yarn producer Sinterama to extend its Phaseable and Moisture-tech Apparel selections to include options made from recycled PET bottles.

The new two- and three-layer laminates, which offer heat insulation and moisture management properties respectively, have been certified to the Global Recycle Standard and can be reprocessed at the end of a product’s life.

Sympatex also partnered with Thermore, an Italian insulation company, to create a waterproof liner made of 100 percent recyclable polyester that’s suitable for dry cleaning and can be combined with a multitude of outer materials according to customer request.

“In combination with our 100 percent waterproof and windproof as well as optimally breathable Sympatex membrane, the recycled PES outer materials offer a top performance. They are ideal for all requirements of our customers in the field of weather protection and comparable to newly fabricated PES materials on a high level. Moreover, these products are entirely made in the E.U. and have an optimized carbon footprint,” Haymo Strubel, director of apparel, said in a statement released Tuesday, noting that the membrane is free from PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene) and PFC (perfluorocarbons).

Sympatex will present these new materials and more at the upcoming functional fabrics fair, Performance Days, taking place Apr. 20-21 in Munich.

Founded in 1986, the company has supplied technical textiles to the likes of Timberland, Jacadi, Camel and Hugo Boss, among others.

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