January 10, 2018 Ecological Styles: 100 % Recycled Membrane, 100 % Waterproof
With Texapore Ecosphere Jack Wolfskin launched a 100 % recycled outer fabric, membrane and lining. Even the inner jackets are now made as an eco-version from recyled PET.
“We love being at home outdoors, we love nature and we love sustainability. Fair production, eco-friendly processes, technical innovations and transparency are the hallmarks of our brand. We are doing pioneering work here and want to serve as a role model for the industry,” says Daniele Grasso, Jack Wolfskin’s Apparel Director.
The brand has been the first outdoor apparel manufacturer to present its innovated Texapore Ecosphere pieces as a part of a complete Eco product series on the market.
One of Texapore Ecosphere’s most important properties is its resistance to moisture. A fabric is considered to be waterproof by the TÜV (German Technical Inspection Association) if it has a hydrostatic head rating of 1,300 mm or higher. The 2-layer jackets are windproof, with a 20,000 mm water column specification and a 15,000 g/m2/24 h breathability rating.
Pre- and post-consumer recycled
Jack Wolfskin has employed a zero-waste approach for the membrane manufacturing process, where material remnants are recycled again, and adopted an upcycling concept using post-consumer plastic bottles for the fabrics and trimmings. The outer fabric of the Texapore Ecosphere jackets is 100 % post-consumer recycled and 100 % PFC free.
The Texapore Ecosphere membrane is made entirely of other membrane offcuts. Membrane scraps from when the apparel is cut comprise the basis for a new membrane. The membrane scraps are cut up into fragments. A granulate is formed from the fragments, which is then reprocessed to become a membrane. The lining in the Texapore Ecosphere models are 100 % post-consumer recycled and certified by the Global Recycling Standard.
From old to new: Taiga Trail 3in1 Jacket
In the Taiga Trail 3In1 Jacket the functional Texapore Ecosphere material of the outer jacket combines recycled membrane with a recycled outer fabric and recycled lining. The detachable inner jacket consists of the new Microguard Ecosphere and Nanuk Ecosphere. This thermal, breathable combination is made from recycled PET. The jacket has zips under the arms, a detachable hood stowed in the collar, and reflective detailing.
PET for inner jackets
As material for inner jackets, Jack Wolfskin uses Nanuk, a range of different, good insulating and warming fleece versions, that are compact and dry very quickly. With Nanuk Ecosphere the company now manufactured a material with the same performance, made from recycled PET. Some inner jackets consist of Microguard, a synthetic fiber interlining of spiral fibers with high loft combined with microfibers that store heat, making them robust, durable and moisture-resistant. Even Microguard Ecosphere is now produced as a 100 % recycled PET version. Jack Wolfskin now applies fully recycled materials in Fleece, Shells and Hybrid Styles. In total, the product collection contains 46 different pieces.
Transparent supply chain
Jack Wolfskin has been an official member of Fair Wear Foundation since July 2010. The company published a list of all its production partners and all product components come from approved factories.
Taking full responsibility
Jack Wolfskin has been a bluesign® partner since 2011. By 2020, Jack Wolfskin’s entire clothing collection is supposed to be free of flourine chemicals. The childrens collection is already PFC free. Jack Wolfskin has set up an impregnation service for customers in Germany that is completely free from perfluorinated compounds.
Jack Wolfskin at ISPO: Hall A1 402