Better for people and nature
Maier Sports - the PFC-Free Pioneer
Environmentally friendly and sustainable. This is the demand we make on our products at Maier Sports.
Therefore, all our jackets and pants are impregnated environmentally friendly PFC-free.
Greenpeace appealed to outdoor companies with its "detox campaign" in 2013 to ban finishes with perfluorinated and polyfluorinatred chemicals (PFCs) from hiking and mountaineering clothing. That was reason enough for Maier Sports to take on this task.
We unveiled the first PFC-free outdoor jacket in the same year. A pioneering feat.
We then continued with our goal of achieving a PFC-free finish step by step. Always in the forefront of technological developments. The aim was to change the entire collection over to a high-performance PFC-free finish by 2020. However Maier Sports has already exceeded its own target as all newly manufactured jackets and pants in the entire Maier Sports collection have had an environmentally friendly PFC-free finish since 2018.
ADVANTAGES OF ALTERNATIVES TO PFC
Maier Sports always uses membranes based on polyester (PES) or polyurethane (PU) that are regarded as harmless from an environmental point of view. As part of our Mission Clean Function, we as one of the pioneers have created a high-performance PFC-free finish.
PFC finishes are still quite widespread because one of their excellent qualities includes repelling water, fats, oils or other dirt. We worked with partners in the chemical textile industry and found a solution, which lets water drip off textiles really well, similar to PFC finishes. We haven't been quite as successful with fats, oils and dirt yet.