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.
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.
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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.