The First Sustainable DWR Finish for PPE Fabrics

Safety Components, a division of Elevate Textiles, enjoys a long history of developing fabric technologies that move the industry forward. With patented, high performance flame resistant outer shell fabrics like PBI Max™ and Armor AP™, thermal liners like Glide Ice™ and Prism™, and wildland/tech rescue fabrics like Sigma — more large metro cites specify and wear materials made by Safety Components than any other.

Sustainability

At Elevate Textiles, one of the largest textile companies in the world, improving sustainability for a lower carbon footprint is a cornerstone of every new initiative. The development of a water repellent finish free of PFAS is part of a critical strategy undertaken by Safety Components. The result is a finish that requires 15% less energy in production. PF Zero™ by Safety Components is the first non-fluorinated durable water repellent finish developed specifically for PPE fabrics.

Performance

PF Zero™ passes NFPA 1971 and NFPA 1951 water absorption resistance requirements (NFPA 1971: must be less than 15% after 5 washes; NFPA 1951 less than 15% after 10 washes). There may be some tradeoffs in the move away from fluorocarbons with a reduction in oil repellency and fuel/chemical runoff performance. We are continuing to investigate potential tradeoffs in performance.

Water Absorption Comparison

Rest assured, the current materials Safety Components makes today, and the materials we have made for the last 20+ years (with fluorinated chemistry), as well as the the materials we will make long into the future (with and/or without fluorinated chemistry), are safe to use and are sold under the UL certification.

Availability – 2021

More information coming soon.

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