For Gore’s Fabrics Division, ‘sustainability’ means acting responsibly. We believe our sustainability approach will support our long-term business success and drive advances for both society and the environment. We are progressing towards our goals by making responsibility an integral element of our operations. We seek continuous dialogue with our stakeholders, and expect our business partners and suppliers to run their businesses responsibly too.
Our respect for the environment is a natural consequence of our company’s culture. We are proud to carry on the tradition that our founders Bill and Vieve Gore understood and promoted. We constantly strive to act with the highest integrity and responsibility and have an ongoing commitment to meeting or exceeding all applicable health, safety and environmental regulations and voluntary standards that we have adopted.
For these reasons we are committed to continually improving our environmental impact through an active and responsible approach that we exercise throughout our value chain. Our environmental approach is based on sound science, Life Cycle Assessment, durability of our products.
Gore has always applied the principles of sound science and we therefore use only the best scientific understanding available to guide us in our actions.
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA):
Gore uses the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) as an ecological evaluation tool. LCA is the most sophisticated standard method of assessing the total environmental influences of a finished product from manufacturing raw materials to its final disposal (“from cradle to grave”)p>
LCA results show that the single most effective means of reducing the environmental impact of functional outerwear is to maximize product durability and lifetime. Durability is therefore one of the cornerstones of our environmental commitment.
Milestones of our Sustainability Program
Gore Fabrics Division started more than two decades ago to analyse the overall environmental impact of its fabrics products. From there we built our environmental program and focus today on implementing the bluesign® standard and actively participating in the sustainability initiatives of our industry.
- 1986: Gore pioneered solvent-free adhesives for manufacturing garment laminates
- 1989: Introduction of GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY™ promise ensuring a finished garment’s fitness for use
- 1992: Gore Fabrics adopts Life Cycle Assessment, an ecological accounting system that can be used as an internal instrument for planning
- 1993: The GORE BALANCE PROJECT™ program is adopted, making Gore the first manufacturer of performance fabrics to introduce a high level recycling system for high-performance garments
- 1994: Introduction of the GORE® Cover System, a world leading technology for composting organic waste streams
- 1995: Gore receives the “European Outdoor Award for Innovation” for its GORE BALANCE PROJECT™ program for post-consumer garment recycling
- 1996: Gore begins working with the Öko-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 diverting more than 2 million tons of organic wastes from landfills
- 2006: From the beginning, Gore actively participates in the efforts of the outdoor industry on the path to systematically improve the environmental impacts of its products including safely managing chemicals
- 2010: An Environmental Management System based on ISO 14001 (but not certified everywhere) is implemented in Gore Fabrics manufacturing plants globally
- 2011: GORE-TEX® apparel made with 2-layer laminates that are “bluesign® approved fabrics” are available at retail after Sept 2012
- 2011: Gore switches its durable water repellency (DWR) treatment for its consumer fabrics from C8-based to more environmentally friendly alternatives
- 2012: The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) unveiles the Higg Index. Gore Fabrics is a founding member.
- 2012: Our bluesign® offer will increase to about 50% percent of the GORE-TEX® laminate volume supplied for making consumer garments for the Autumn Winter 2013 retail season
- 2013: Gore published Life Cycle Assessment results for the first time for functional outerwear. Research shows that the longer a functional outdoor jacket lasts, the smaller its annual environmental impact will be
- 2014: Gore completed elimination of PFOA from raw material of its functional fabrics by end of 2013