We respect the environment

Environmental Responsibility

Gore Fabrics constantly strives to act with the highest integrity and responsibility and has an ongoing commitment to meeting or exceeding all applicable health, safety and environmental regulations and voluntary standards that we have adopted.

Our environmental approach is based on sound science, Life Cycle Assessment and durability of our products.
  • Life Cycle Assessment

    Results of Life Cycle Assessments show that the best way to minimize the environmental footprint of our products is to enhance their durability.

  • Product Stewardship

    To ensure the highest quality and safety of our products, Gore Fabrics is partner of bluesign® standard and OEKO-TEX® Standard 100.

  • Responsible usage of Fluoromaterials

    Fluoromaterials have a broad range of physical attributes and unique properties which make them materials of choice in a wide range of applications.

Milestones

Gore was one of the first companies in its industry to start out on the path to reducing its environmental footprint by applying a Life Cycle Assessment as an ecological evaluation tool. We strive to continually improve the environmental impact of our products, processes without compromising on their performance.

1986
Gore pioneered solvent-free adhesives for manufacturing garment laminates
1992
Gore Fabrics adopts Life Cycle Assessment as an ecological evaluation tool to assess the environmental influence of a finished product
1993
As the first manufacturer, Gore introduces a recycling system for functional garments "The GORE BALANCE PROJECT" program
1994
Introduction of the GORE® Cover System, a world leading technology for composting organic waste streams
1995
"European Outdoor Award for Innovation for "GORE BALANCE PROJECT" recycling program
1996
Gore begins working with the OEKO-TEX® 100 Standard for textile product safety
2004
GORE Cover becomes the global leading composting technology used in more than 150 organic waste treatment plants
2006
Gore actively participates in the efforts of the outdoor industry to systematically improve the environmental impacts of its products including safely managing chemicals
2010
Gore Fabrics starts to implement the Environmental Management System ISO 14001 in its manufacturing plants
All Gore Fabrics manufacturing sites are certified by bluesign® system
2011
Gore switch of durable water repellency (DWR) treatment for its consumer fabrics from C8-based to more environmentally friendly alternatives completed
2012
The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) unveiles the Higg Index. Gore Fabrics is a founding member.
More than 25% of the GORE-TEX® laminate volume supplied for making consumer garments for the Autumn Winter 2013 retail season are bluesign® approved Gore Fabrics
2013
Gore published Life Cycle Assessment results for the first time for functional outerwear.
ISO 14001 certification of the Gore manufacturing site in Shenzhen, China.
2014
Gore Fabrics completed elimination of PFOA from raw material of its functional fabrics by end of 2013
Gore Fabrics published its first Responsibility Update
We published Life Cycle Assessment results for a typical pair of GORE-TEX® hiking boots
More than 50% of the GORE-TEX® laminate volume for consumer garments are "bluesign® approved Gore Fabrics"
2015
Gore invests more than 15 million USD into R&D for alternative solutions for durable water repellent (DWR) treatments with the aim to deliver products with an improved environmental profile while still providing durable comfort at or above the performance level of today
2015
Gore was voted “January 2015 Company of the Month” by OEKO-TEX® for its sustainability programme and elimination of PFOA
2016
Gore publishes new Life Cycle Assessment results: DWR performance during use phase can significantly impact its environmental profile
2016
Based on learnings from LCA, Gore starts to offer solution dyed laminates and recycled textiles
2016
Gore Fabrics Intends to include New Consumer Product Offerings with non-PFC-based DWR in A/W 2018 Retail Collection
2017
Gore Fabrics Division establishes ambitious environmental goals for 2020

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