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.

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

1989

Introduction of the GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY™ promise ensuring a finished garment’s fitness for use

1992

Gore Fabrics adopts a Life Cycle Assessment as an ecological evaluation tool to assess the environmental influences 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 the bluesign® system

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.
More than 25% of the GORE-TEX® laminate volume for consumer garments for the Autumn/Winter 2013 retail season contains 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 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
Based on learnings from LCA, Gore starts to offer solution dyed laminates and recycled textiles
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

Life Cycle Assessment

Results of Life Cycle Assessments show that the single 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 a partner of the bluesign® standard & OEKO-TEX® Standard 100.

Responsible Usage of Fluoromaterials

Fluoromaterials have a broad range of physical attributes and unique properties. Many of them are used in industry and food applications.

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