Sympatex partners with PUMA on an innovative approach to recycled polyester-based materials
Used textiles will be transformed into new, high-quality, almost intelligent, membranes, laminates, and functional textiles.
By JOHAN MAGNUSSON
June 28, 2022
The climate-neutral and recyclable 100% waterproof, windproof, and breathable Sympatex membrane has been used in clothing, shoes, accessories, and technical applications since 1986. It has been described as intelligent since the membrane develops proportionally increasing breathability at a higher activity. Now, the 100 billion garments and 23 billion pairs of shoes produced every year will become the company’s future source of new raw material, once they‘ve reached their end of life.
Instead of using new materials from the oil industry in the future, used textiles are transformed into new, high-quality membranes, laminates and functional textiles and Sympatex is working with partners worldwide to close the textile cycle together. The latest one is PUMA, as part of the sports brand’s sustainability strategy, using less carbon-intensive raw materials.
— We’re partnering with Sympatex for their innovative sustainable approach to highly technical materials and products — a brand with eco-conscious values and cutting-edge technology, says Jacqueline Whalen, head of product line management, Run/Train Apparel.
— We need recyclable solutions to close the textile loop as fast as possible and I am looking forward to an ambitious partnership with PUMA, Anja Palic, product management apparel at Sympatex, adds.
The first collection from the strategic partnership will launch in Autumn/Winter 2022.