As consumers become increasingly aware of the environmental damage caused by harmful chemicals such as PFCs, the textile industry has turned to new membrane materials to deliver a more sustainable future. PFC-free materials such as PU are now commonly used for textile membranes. However, better environmental credentials often come with compromises in the performance of the textiles.
With this in mind, Xpore, a textile brand from BenQ Materials, developed an innovative membrane technology that is PFC-free in the materials used and solvent-free in its entire manufacturing process. At the same time, Xplore’s nanoporous membrane is waterproof and breathable, making it ideal for both outdoor and urban apparel. The advantage of eco-friendliness and high performance opens a new world of possibilities for the textile industry.
Many waterproof and highly breathable materials on the market today contain PFCs or PTFE, artificial chemicals that are harmful to the environment. In response, some manufacturers have opted for substitutes, such as PU, TPU, and TPEE. But these are limited in their breathability attributes. Additionally, these polymers, especially PU, require solvents to dissolve, and the process of using them results in air pollution. So while these materials are free of harmful chemicals, they produce air pollution — not an entirely sustainable solution.
Have it all
Xpore offers a comprehensive textile solution. The Xpore membrane is 100% free of harmful chemicals while the in-house manufacturing line is completely solvent-free. Xpore’s in-house manufacturing technologies allow for excellent customization to meet customer needs. From membrane creation to lamination and textile manufacturing, Xpore’s proprietary processes complement its know-how in membrane/glue formation & lamination technologies. Xpore technology can be applied to any fabric, from natural fibers like cotton and wool to special materials such as leather and denim. What’s more, as a nanoporous membrane, Xpore ensures excellent breathability and is waterproof and windproof
Green, through and through
Xpore was conceived as an end-to-end environmentally sustainable solution. At the manufacturing stage, Xpore uses a solvent-free rolling technique that does not require the use of water and avoids emitting pollutants. Moreover, Xpore materials are manufactured in a green factory equipped with solar panels and other energy-saving systems.
In laboratory testing, garments containing PU membranes generate HCN and NH3 toxic gases when burned, while PTFE membranes emit HF, CF4, and C2F6 toxic gases. In contrast, the burning fabric containing the Xpore membrane only generates H2O and CO2, adding another checkbox to its comprehensive green credentials.
Xpore’s eco-friendly reputation is exemplified in the Recycle Series. Featuring a waterproof-breathable lining and outer fabrics made from recycled fibers, the Recycle Series is the most sustainable choice to date for those with eco-conscious, active lifestyles.
Xpore has officially become a bluesign® system partner in March 2021. The use of bluesign® approved chemical products and materials increases the safety of products along the supply chain. This advances its commitment to reducing the textile industry’s impact on people and the environment by ensuring responsible use of resources.
In the current waterproof textiles market, consumers are limited to high-performance products that are not very eco-friendly or sustainable products with low-performance capability. To help apparel designers and manufacturers overcome this constraint, Xpore offers a new solution that is both waterproof and breathable, as well as eco-friendly without compromise.
Contact BenQ Materials to find out more -e-mail: Xpore@benqmaterials.com
Source: PERFORMANCE DAYS