MO & PIMON approving THE JACKET | PFC-free

As we decided to use a PFC-free fabric for THE JACKET we wanted to tell you what’s it all about all about: PFCs are environmentally hazardous substances, which are persistent and durable. Once released into the environment they will be broken down very slowly; they remain in the environment for several hundred years and are dispersed over the entire globe. These pollutants are found in secluded mountain lakes, they accumulate in the livers of polar bears in the Arctic and also in human blood.

JECKYBENG. Our first piece is the Jacket. its weatherproof. its windproof and its 100% organic cotton. We have been working with a new fabric developed in Switzerland which has a PFC free finish and uniquely spun fibres that swell when exposed to water, locking out moisture to keep you dry.Its the most breathable weather proof fabric available. and as comfortable as wearing a cotton shirt. This really is a jacket for all seasons. JECKYBENG is part of an urban outdoor movement – a movement of inspired urbanites who see the world from a different perspective and are not afraid to question their everyday life. They try to figure out the elemental question as to why our modern society always seems to have to compete with nature instead of striving to achieve harmony. With our interviews, stories, pictures and products, we at JECKYBEN are addressing all of you who are searching for deceleration, sustainability and balance – those who want to rediscover nature. PAPRIKO Ink. joins the JECKYBENG family with an own column where 'MO & PIMON' take you on sarcastic and ironic outdoor adventures. 'PIMON', the chilli super hero from downtown Tokyo and a newbie to outdoor activities is honored to hang out with outdoor celebrity 'MO' and learns first hand what it takes to enjoy and survive in the rough bavarian woods and beyond.

Why are PFCs used in outdoor gear?

PFCs are used in many products because of their special characteristics (oil-repellency, waterproofing, and stability). Their main area of use in textiles is in breathable membranes and in dirt-repellent and waterproof coatings and finishes. This is why PFCs are found in weather jackets and rain pants but also in tents, shoes, and swimwear, as well as work clothes, hotel linen, seat covers, and many other articles.

Membranes for breathable clothing

Membranes in outdoor clothing ensure their impermeability to water. Breathable membranes are often made of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). PTFE is a fluorinated polymer made up of fluorine and carbon. These membranes are also known to consumers under registered trademark names: Gore-Tex® and Teflon®.

Exterior coatings and finishes for textiles

Besides the fluorinated polymers in membranes, PFCs are also used to make articles waterproof and dirt-repellent, which gives them a quality called the beading effect.

Find more information about PFC-free clothing here: DETOX OUTDOOR

Swiss designer mr.Papriko of creative studio PAPRIKO Ink., illustrates, designs characters, creates graphics and typographical stuff. Besides he also draws, paints and takes care of the Papriko family, a bunch of whimsical characters, such as for example “Pimon”, the guy featured in this column. Mr.Papriko is currently living in Japan with his wife and two kids.

Have a look at his website to see more awesome stuff of him: mr. Papriko

PAPRIKO Ink. joins the JECKYBENG family with an own column where ‘MO & PIMON’ take you on sarcastic and ironic outdoor adventures. ‘PIMON’, the chilli super hero from downtown Tokyo and a newbie to outdoor activities is honored to hang out with outdoor celebrity ‘MO’ and learns first hand what it takes to enjoy and survive in the rough bavarian woods and beyond.