We use polyurethane in waterproof garments, equipment and some stretch yarns, as well as adhesives and coatings.
Polyurethanes are found in several of our products. They make up things such as our adhesives, waterproof and water-resistant coatings and films, spandex and foams. To avoid the use of PVC in our equipment and luggage lines due to its relatively high environmental impact, we have chosen to use polyurethane instead. The path to an eco-friendly polyurethane is much clearer and already underway. We are constantly striving to improve our manufacturing process and the materials that go into making our products in a way that’s better for the environment.
Where We Are
We use polyurethane. It’s found in waterproof products like the Torrentshell, equipment like our Black Hole® bags and in the stretch yarns used in our Pack Out Tights. The stretch fibers and waterproof films we use are common, but we use them in different combinations than others in the industry in order to reduce our impact.
We are working to introduce recycled stretch yarns and bio-based polyurethanes in our products; this has the potential to offset CO2 emissions because they either come from plant-based feedstocks or are made through recycling processes that use former waste material instead of virgin material. Our end goal is to ultimately reduce our dependence on polyurethane by finding different materials to perform the tasks currently fulfilled by polyurethane and use this material only when there is absolutely no other alternative available.