Swedish fashion retailer Filippa K has partnered with cleantech company OrganoClick to use its water repellent technology in a range of clothing items.

The technology is free from fluorocarbons, non-toxic and readily biodegradable. It was first implemented at Taiwanese textile manufacturer Chang-Ho Fibre's mills in January 2014, and since then around 100 different fabrics with the new eco-friendly technology have been developed.

Filippa K is the first fashion brand to put a fashion garment on the market using OrganoClick's technology. The products are two women's jackets made from recycled polyester and nylon.

"Our ambition is to leave a minimal environmental and social footprint by choosing the right materials, the best practices in production and the best partners in the value chain," says Elin Larsson, sustainability manager at Filippa K. "Using OrganoClick's fluorocarbon-free and biodegradable water repellent technology is an important step as we strive to achieve the best possible materials."

Fluorocarbons or perfluorocarbons (PFCs) such as PFOA and PFOS are the collective terms used for a group of chemical substances frequently used in water repellent textile treatments since the 1950s. However, fluorocarbons have a number of less desirable properties; they break down slowly in nature, are suspected of causing cancer and are hormone disrupting. OrganoClick has developed a fluorocarbon-free water repellent technology using plant-based catalysts and organic polymers that are highly water repellent yet biodegradable.

As the demand increases for green textile technologies, OrganoClick says it is now scaling up its textile business further with an expanded sales and marketing organisation and a new production facility.

"There is a large interest among sports, outdoor and environmentally conscious fashion brands to use high-performance but eco-friendly water repellent technologies. OrganoClick is in a strong position here, as our water repellent technology is both high-performing and durable and at the same time biodegradable and free from harmful chemicals," says Mårten Hellberg, CEO at OrganoClick AB.