Gore introduces new GORE-TEX products with an innovative expanded Polyethylene (ePE) membrane.
Beginning this Fall/Winter 2022 season, Gore’s new ePE membrane will appear in a selection of consumer end-uses including general outdoor and lifestyle garments, footwear and gloves from brands like Adidas, Arc’teryx, Patagonia, Reusch and Salomon.
Achim Löffler, Consumer Fabrics Business Leader at Gore, takes the new ePE membrane platform as an example to explain the company’s innovation journey Bob Gore began more than 50 years ago:
“The GORE-TEX brand is committed to being a responsible brand and continuing on our journey to discover innovative products that offer customers and consumers high performance and are also sustainable. ePE helps meet that goal in being extremely light and thin, yet mechanically robust and having a low environmental footprint,” he says.
“We are proud that we are able to use our decades of acquired knowledge and insight of polymer processing and material science to add to ePE to our complementary material set.”
What’s special about the new ePE membrane technology?
Microporous polyethylene (PE) has been available in different markets for many years. However, PE-based membranes that were suitable in other applications lacked the durability for waterproof, windproof and breathable apparel. The challenge was knowing how to expand it and make it durable. Products using Gore’s new ePE membrane will provide an optimized combination of durable performance and environmental footprint meeting Gore’s fitness-for-use standards.
“We continue to push the boundaries of what is possible in sustainability and performance in our products; lowering our footprint whilst continuing to meet demanding end user performance needs for protection and comfort,” says Ross MacLaine, Gore Fabrics Sustainability Leader.
Gore’s commitment to “Responsible Performance”
Gore’s new ePE membrane contributes towards the goals outlined in Gore Fabrics Division’s Sustainability Framework, introduced in 2020. This framework defines the division’s sustainability ambition and its long-term and holistic commitment to contribute to the protection of people and planet.
About GORE-TEX products with Gore’s new ePE membrane
– Leverages high strength-to-weight ratio
– Enables durable performance and a low environmental footprint
– Lower carbon footprint, as measured by Higg MSI
– Laminates (membrane and DWR treatments) are PFC free
– Certified to STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® and bluesign® approved
– Various ePE laminates with recycled and solution-dyed textile components
– GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY™ promise
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