ISPO 2019

ISPO 2019

Munich / Unterföhring, January 17, 2019 – Sympatex Technologies, official sponsor of the ISPO Sports week, will demonstrate the recovery value of waste during the upcoming international trade fair for sportswear and sporting goods. The membrane specialist and pioneer in the field of ecologically sustainable and recyclable functional textiles is inviting interested participants to a plogging event in the center of Munich on Saturday, February 2, 2019, the day before the opening of the trade fair. Plogging, which stems from the Swedish word “plocka” (to pick) and “jogging”, is evolving into a new global trend in sports. And it’s no wonder, given that plogging involves getting exercise outdoors in the fresh air while keeping our environment clean. Sympatex is inviting Erik Ahlström, the Swedish creator of plogging, to the event in Munich where he will lead the plogging tour through the center of Munich. Sympatex is also cooperating with Munich sports retailer Globetrotter, which will serve as the starting point and conclusion of the event at its store at Isartor.

Waste upcycling at the Sympatex ISPO exhibit booth

Not all of the waste collected during the plogging event will land on the rubbish heap. At its exhibit booth, Sympatex will use part of the waste to demonstrate how valuable waste can be and how it can be turned back into valuable products again. “We want to use this event to build a bridge to the end consumer and use it as an opportunity to make people aware of the ecological alternatives that are already available in the fashion industry. Our recently launched social media campaign #IIYI – It’s in your hands ( – is aimed at precisely this issue. We’re calling on people to be an advocate for the environment. After all, it’s up to each and every one of us to make an individual contribution to the protection of the environment,” explains Dr. Rüdiger Fox, CEO at Sympatex Technologies.

Program and registration information

The plogging event is just one way for interested participants to do their part. The registration link – – has been activated. Up to 60 people can participate for free. The event starts on Saturday, February 2, at 2:00 pm, in the lower floor of the Globetrotter store located near Isartor in the center of Munich. Participants are requested to show up in jogging attire. The program will run as follows:

2:00 pm: Sympatex and Erik Ahlström will organize a brief warm-up program, after which the participants will receive plogging equipment (vest and gloves from new Sympatex partner Zanier, as well as a trash bag) so that they will be well-equipped for the run. The participants will then be able to “power up” with snacks and beverages before heading out in to the city.

3:00 pm: With Erik in the lead, the plogging group will jog through the center of Munich, following the Isar River to the Hofgarten, Viktualienmarkt and Gärtnerplatz before returning to the Globetrotter store, where staff from Sympatex will collect the trash from the plogging participants.

3:45 pm: The ploggers will cool down in the lower level of the Globetrotter store and then enjoy a delicious sandwich and warm or cold beverages. Entertainment will be provided by three well-known Munich singer-songwriters to wind down the Sympatex plogging event.

6:00 pm – Relaxed conclusion to the event.


About Sympatex

Guaranteed Green – The Sympatex climate-neutral and recyclable membrane

As one of the worldwide leading producers, Sympatex® Technologies has been a synonym for high-tech functional materials in clothing, footwear, accessories and technical fields of application since 1986. Together with selected partners, Sympatex develops, produces and distributes membranes, laminates and functional textiles as well as finished products worldwide. The Sympatex membrane is highly breathable, 100% wind- and waterproof and regulates the climate. It is 100% recyclable, climate-neutral, bluesign® certified, and it received the ‘Oeko-Tex-Standard 100’ certificate. It is also PTFE-free and PFC-free. The technologies and procedures are based on the principles of ecological responsibility and sustainability with a special focus on the optimal carbon footprint. Sympatex is represented worldwide with sales offices and branches.


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