Functional fabric specialist Sympatex Technologies is to unveil a "guaranteed green" Sympatex membrane in the New Year, produced in a completely climate-neutral way for the first time.

According to the Munich-based company, the production of a Sympatex copolymer creates 50 times less CO2 in comparison with a PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene)  polymer – and even that will be compensated from now on.

In order to eliminate any contribution to global warming, the ecological alternative will compensate the CO2 amount of its entire yearly membrane production starting from 2017 through respective climate protection certificates in cooperation with the Munich-based consultancy ClimatePartner.

"To produce our 100% recyclable 'guaranteed green' Sympatex membrane in a climate-neutral way is the next logical step for us regarding our sustainability strategy," explains Dr Rüdiger Fox, CEO Sympatex Technologies. "It has always been part of our DNA to already solve ecological challenges while some people still try to strongly deny their existence. Against this background, we are very happy to support the ClimatePartner project, which protects essential forests in Kenya and also contributes to society by promoting a sustainable textile production in this country."

ClimatePartner director Tristan A Foerster, adds climate neutrality is the next important step – and says the company "looks forward to supporting Sympatex with this task".

The new membrane will be introduced at ISPO 2017, which takes place from 5-8 February in Munich. 

Earlier this year, Sympatex revealed it is working to develop a 100% recycled waterproof and windproof membrane for the first time.

Sympatex sets sights on 100% recycled membrane