2050

MORE PLASTIC THAN FISH IN THE OCEAN?

Unless there is a radical change in thinking, plastic production will increase four-fold by 2030. More plastic will be swimming in the ocean than fish. The textile industry will nevertheless experience a three-fold increase in oil consumption, rising from 98 million tons in 2015 to 300 million! Even though the industry is responsible for 6 percent of the world’s oil consumption, this figure will grow to 20 percent by 2050.

The textile industry will be responsible for a fourth of the global CO2 emissions. As stated in the goal established by the United Nations in December 2018, the signatories of the UN Charter shall commit to continually reducing the amount of harmful greenhouse emissions along the entire textile supply chain and become completely climate-neutral by 2050. Complying with the 2015 Paris Climate Accord would require an 80 percent reduction in the amount of greenhouse emissions caused by the textile industry.

By the way, the world population has grown to more than 10 billion.

2050

2030

30% reduction of CO2 caused by the textile industry?

As stated in the goal established by the United Nations in December 2018, the signatories of the UN Charter shall commit to continually reducing the amount of harmful greenhouse emissions along the entire textile supply chain. The signatories agreed to a 30 percent reduction by 2030.

2030

2023

POPULATION EXPLOSION

The world population is growing to more than 8 billion people, compared to just 6 billion in 1999.

2023

2020

SYMPATEX AGENDA 2020

In early 2017, Sympatex committed with its “Agenda 2020” to closing the textile loop and offering recycled products free of harmful substances by the year 2020. Series production of functional textiles that stem from a completely closed textile loop is slated to begin by 2020.

Click here to view “Agenda 2020” in detail.

REDUCING WASTE AND CO2

The EU plans to reduce the amount of disposable waste found in our oceans by 30 percent. The EU Parliament set an ambitious goal of 50 percent by 2030.

As one its European climate protection goals, the European Union is calling for a 20 percent reduction in greenhouse emissions over 1999 levels.

2020

WHAT’S NEXT?

Travel with us through time and explore the future!

Sympatex is a start-up with 30 years of experience. We´ve been a leading provider of high-tech functional materials used in apparel, footwear, accessories, contract & work wear and technical applications since 1986. With headquarters in Munich/Unterföhring, we have representatives in more than 20 countries. Sympatex develops, produces and markets membranes, laminates, functional textiles and finished products together with selected partners around the world.

As a pioneer in the field of sustainable functional textiles, our daily mission is to close the textile loop. Explore here why we need your support!

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WHAT WAS?

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Sympatex is a start-up with 30 years of experience. We´ve been a leading provider of high-tech functional materials used in apparel, footwear, accessories, contract & work wear and technical applications since 1986. With headquarters in Munich/Unterföhring, we have representatives in more than 20 countries. Sympatex develops, produces and markets membranes, laminates, functional textiles and finished products together with selected partners around the world.

As a pioneer in the field of sustainable functional textiles, our daily mission is to close the textile loop. Explore here why we need your support!

February 2019

From Plastic Waste to shoe of the future

Sympatex has introduced a study for the design of a water-proof “Shoe 4.0” at the ISPO trade fair. An upcycling production line consisting of a plastic shredder, extruder and 3D printer demonstrates how the shoe industry of the future can take advantage of recycled plastics.

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Focussing on microfibres

With one another, instead of against each other: As part of a new partnership between NGOs, research and industry Sympatex presents initial results of a study outlining the impact of microfibers from outdoor apparel on our waters at the 2019 ISPO. Analysis jointly undertaken by the Plastic Soup Foundation, Italian institute IPCB-CNR, PlanetCare and Sympatex demonstrates initial ways to curb the release of microfibers and where further research opportunities remain.

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2019

JANUARY 2019

SAM AND THE CLIMATE PLAN

The second in our series of small children’s book on the environment – Sam and the climate plan – is released for publication. This edition revolves around climate change and what each of us can do to address this pressing issue. And we once again illustrate in a playful and entertaining manner that footwear and apparel can already be manufactured from climate-neutral materials.

DECEMBER 2018

INITIAL SIGNATORY OF THE UN CLIMATE CHARTER

Milestone for climate protection at COP24.  Sympatex is one of 40 signatories of the United Nations “Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action.” Leading fashion brands, retailers, suppliers, member organizations and NGOs in the textile industry committed to jointly track and implement a total of 16 defined goals aimed at curbing global warming. With functional textiles for instance, the use of Sympatex polyester membranes instead of still-popular PTFE membranes reduces CO2 emissions by 50 percent during the jacket manufacturing process – for gloves around 60 percent and functional shoes up to 15 percent. As one of the original signatories, Sympatex is assuming the role of trailblazer when it comes to protecting the climate.

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2. ONE OF THE WORLD’S DIRTIEST INDUSTRIES

Textiles, the world’s second largest industrial polluter, is responsible for 8 percent of all greenhouse gases. That’s more than all of the maritime and air traffic together and roughly equal to what the entire EU releases into the atmosphere. Within the industry as a whole, apparel and shoe manufacturing account for 83 and 17 percent respectively. If we fail to implement changes, this amount will double by 2030. By the way, a conventional PTFE membrane generates 50 times as much CO2 per kilogram (!) as a Sympatex polyether/polyester membrane and is responsible for around one-third of the CO2 footprint of a typical laminate.

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2018

NOVEMBER 2018

B-CORP CERTIFICATION

As a recipient of the internationally-renowned B-Corp certification, which recognizes businesses that exhibit exemplary leadership in the area of corporate social responsibility, Sympatex is committed to the common welfare of society and the protection of the environment as official corporate goals.

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German Sustainability Award

Sympatex was nominated for the renowned German Sustainability Award in 2018. Europe’s most important award for ecological and social engagement recognizes excellence in sustainability across a wide range of categories such as business, research, architecture and local communities. With this prize, the German Sustainability Award Foundation works together with the German government and other partners to identify and support those bold players and ideas that serve as role models.

SEPTEMBER 2018

THERMAL MOLDING PROCESS REVOLUTIONIZES SHOE MANUFACTURING

Relying on a sophisticated and innovative process, Sympatex develops a manufacturing technology that allows it to permanently produce its laminate in a three-dimensional form. Referred to as Sympatex UTMOSPHERICTM , this product is created using a thermal molding process, resulting in an inner shoe free of seams and folds that adapts perfectly to the shape of the foot, without impacting the quality and function of the laminate.

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JUNE 2018

PROVOCATIVE AWARENESS CAMPAIGN

Sympatex launches an image campaign designed to raise awareness within the market and among end consumers. The campaign calls on the textile industry and market partners to radically change their mindset, while appealing to end consumers to do the same with every purchase.

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NATURE’S OWN MATERIALS AS ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTERS?

Cotton accounts for 18 percent of the worldwide release of pesticides and 24 percent of the insecticides in the fields. It also requires enormous amounts of water in the manufacturing countries, most of which are in arid regions anyway (two-thirds of the global water consumption for textile fibers). Leather is also a poor alternative, given that 85 percent is manufactured using chrome salts. It takes 1 ton of animal hides to manufacture 200 kilograms of leather and generates 11 kilograms of chrome, 450 kilograms of waste and 50,000 kilograms of contaminated water.

FEBRUARY 2018

SAM ON RECYCLINGMISSION

Sympatex goes on a recycling mission together with its customers. In the fall, children who purchase new shoes find a small book – Sam-and the plastic plan – inside the box. Using a playful and entertaining approach, the book explains that consumers already have options for buying shoes and apparel made from recycled materials.

GIGANTIC WASTE OF RAW MATERIALS

Each year, 80 billion pieces of clothing and 23 billion pairs of shoes are manufactured from raw materials (63 percent plastics, 26 percent cotton, 11 percent other materials) for 7.5 billion people. Considering that 97 percent of the products are made from raw materials, only 2 percent from recycled materials and a mere 1 percent from closed loop systems (upcycling), this represents a tremendous waste of raw materials and generates enormous amounts of waste.

JANUARY 2018

SYMPATEX JOINS THE OTTO FAMILY

The Otto family is the new owner of Sympatex Technologies GmbH. When it comes to corporate-based social and ecological responsibility, no other name in Germany is as credible as the Otto family.

OCTOBER 2017

FIRST UPCYCLING PRODUCT

Sympatex introduces the first upcycled end product made from used functional jackets, which originated from the wear2wear closed textile loop. wear2wear is a European industry partnership founded in April 17 by five companies (Heinrich Glaeser Nachfolger GmbH, Märkischen Faser GmbH, Schoeller Textil AG, Sympatex Technologies GmbH und DutchSpirit) that represent each phase of the recycling loop. The companies joined together to develop cutting-edge production systems that will turn textile fibers from used apparel into new, high-quality functional fabrics that are also sustainable.

As early as 1994, Sympatex collaborated with VAUDE to launch a groundbreaking textile return system called Ecolog. Because the consumer and market mindset had not come quite as far, the long-term success of the project was in doubt at this time…

2017

SEPTEMBER 2017

FIRST RECYCLED CLIMATE-NETURAL CHILDREN’S SHOE

Sympatex introduces the first recycled children’s shoe. The shoe is made from around 90 percent recycled materials using a climate-neutral process.

US WITHDRAWS FROM CLIMATE AGREEMENT

US President Donald Trump announces that the country is withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord.

JUNE 2017

4.0 FUNCTIONAL JACKET

Sympatex introduces its 4.0 functional jacket. The must-haves for the prototype were developed during a two-day “Design Hackathon” with bloggers and influencers. The shell and lining for the 4.0 functional jacket are made from 32 recycled PET bottles. The jacket fibers are certified in accordance with the renowned “Global Recycle Standard” (GRS). The entire jacket is manufactured in the European Union using an optimized carbon footprint process.

JANUARY 2017

Start of the agenda 2020

Sympatex sets a goal of closing the ecological loop in the functional clothing industry by the year 2020. This eco-categorization divides the laminate portfolio into pure ecological aspects and forms the basis for rapid implementation of the Agenda 2020.

 

World population continues to grow

The world population increases to 7.5 billion, growing from 7 billion in 2011 and 6 billion in 1999. In 1987, only 12 years before, there were still 5 billion people on the planet.

DECEMBER 2016

FIRST CLIMATE-NETURAL MEMBRANE

To eliminate every contribution to global warming, beginning in 2017 Sympatex offsets the amount of CO2 released each year during the production of its membrane products through corresponding certified CO2 joint projects with ClimatePartner. Sympatex thus brought the world’s first climate-neutral membrane to the market.

First recycled membrane: only three months before, in September 2016, Sympatex takes the next consequent step in its sustainability strategy with the presentation of a 100 percent recycled membrane that is produced by completely reconditioning previously unused membrane rejects.

 

TRUMP BECOMES PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES

Donald Trump is elected president. Despite the enormous volumes of voter information (Big Data), the media failed to predict that Trump would defeat Hillary Clinton, while the Trump campaign took advantage of the data to target voters and win the election.

2016

2015

SYMPATEX JOINS SAC AND TEXTILBÜNDNIS

Sympatex becomes a member of the Textilbündnis (Association of German Apparel Manufacturers for Increased Sustainability), as well as the SAC (Sustainable Apparel Coalition) with the aim of jointly achieving social, ecological and economic improvements along the entire textile value chain.

INITIAL BREAKTHROUGH IN THE UN CLIMATE AGREEMENT

The 200 participants in the UN Climate Conference in Paris agree to limit global warming from rising more than 2°C above pre-industrial levels.

2015

2013

SYMPATEX ONCE AGAIN TOP PERFORMER IN THE GREENPEACE DETOX REPORT

A Sympatex laminate wins the top spot in the Greenpeace test report on chemicals in outdoor apparel (Chemistry for any Weathers – part II). The tests identified 25 times more PFC in the runner-up product. The jacket with the highest chemical level had 830 times more PFC.

WORLD’S FIRST PFOA BAN

Sweden becomes first country to ban the use of PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid), including the salts and esters, in textiles and other consumer products.

Large Chinese cities experience massive increase in particulate pollution.

2013

2012

SYMPATEX WINS TOP SPOT IN DETOX REPORT

Greenpeace once again tests waterproof and water-repellent outdoor products for harmful substances, including two products manufactured with Sympatex materials. The Sympatex products come out on top both times. In the Greenpeace 2012 report “All Weather Chemistry”, the “Zimtstern” brand jacket exhibited the lowest concentration of PFC.

GREENPEACE LAUNCHES DETOX CAMPAIGN

Greenpeace launches a global detox campaign targeting the use of PFCs and PTFEs by the outdoor apparel and fashion industries.

2012

2011

SYMPATEX BEGINS PRE-CONSUMER RECYCLING

Similar to PET bottles, the Sympatex membrane can be recycled with conventional processes. In conjunction with partners, Sympatex develops a membrane manufacturing process that helps reduce the amount of materials used by up to 15 percent. This so-called pre-consumer recycling process, which has been used since early 2011 to select the quality of Sympatex membranes, represents an important step towards a better ecobalance. The material, and thus energy savings, result from the recycling of mono-fraction membrane rejects that accrue during the production process. Prior to the introduction of this approach, these membrane rejects had to be disposed of.

Fukushima nuclear disaster

On the heels of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Germany decides to phase out nuclear energy by 2022.

2011

2009

SYMPATEX BEGINS RECYCLING

Sympatex offers laminates with shells and linings manufactured from recycled PET bottles for the first time.

WHATSAPP TAKES OVER TEXTING

WhatsApp on its way to becoming a popular instant messenger alternative to texting, thus undermining the business models of the large telecommunications providers.

2009

2008

FIRST NON-PFC DWR

Sympatex attains pioneer status with its non-PFC textile finish. The Sympatex membrane is bluesign®-approved in the same year, thus satisfying the most stringent environmental, health and safety guidelines and representing a high-quality, resource-conserving production chain.

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TESLA ENTERS THE MARKET

The first TESLA Roadster rolls off the production line. Eight years later, TESLA experiences a mega-boom and sells more than 500,000 electric vehicles. The automobile industry was already shocked by TESLA’s success as early as 2013. Still, no one anticipated that an automobile that had never existed before, would sell so well. TESLA is an example of the type of radical change that can and will occur in most industries.

2008

2007

SMARTPHONES REVOLUTIONIZE THE MOBILE PHONE MARKET

Apple introduces the first iPhone, thus ringing in a technical revolution in the smartphone industry. Nokia passed up the opportunity to join the smartphone revolution when it first began. As a result, the company’s share of the mobile phone market fell from 50 percent in 2007, to under 3.5 percent by 2016.

2007

2005

KYOTO PROTOCOL comes into effect

The Kyoto Protocol, the first legally-binding global agreement for reducing greenhouse emissions, comes into effect.

2005

1996

GOOGLE STARTS

Larry Page und Sergey Brin create Google, which quickly supplants Yahoo as the dominant Internet search engine.

1996

1992

OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100

Sympatex becomes a founding member of Oeko-Tex® Standard 100, a test and certification system that uses stringent guidelines to examine textile products for the presence of harmful substances.  The Sympatex membrane is certified as product class 1, meaning it can be used for medical applications and in infant and children’s apparel. Today, all Sympatex laminates and seam sealing tapes are certified as product class 2 under the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100. This permits their use in applications that involve direct contact with the skin, such as underwear, bedding and running and bike wear. Oeko-Tex® certifications are also used to examine and verify adherence to the European chemical regulations (REACH).

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1992

1990

FCKW BAN

Agreement developed to ban the manufacture and use of FCKWs as of 2000. The ban was implemented only five years after the discovery of the hole in the Earth’s ozone layer.

1990

1986

SYMPATEX FOUNDED

The Sympatex brand was created in 1986 by the Akzo Nobel Group as a result of a polymer patent application. The Dutch group of companies used the polymer product to develop a groundbreaking membrane technology. The brand name was created from an amalgamation of the terms “sympathetic” (friendly) and “textiles.”

1986

1970

GLOBAL FOOTPRINT KIPPT

The global ecological footprint exceeds the 1.0 mark as humans consume more resources than the Earth is capable of regenerating.

1970