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All of the electricity used to manufacture the Porelle membranes comes from renewable technologies. Excess electric production is exported to the national grid, providing a positive impact to the wider community and our carbon footprint.
Porelle has invested in renewable energy to power our manufacturing processes and to reduce our overall carbon footprint:
- 5 mW wind turbine
- 4 mW solar photo voltaic array
- Ensuring materials used on site are recovered and reused
- Doubled the recycling of non hazardous materials in the last 5 years
- Manufacturing membranes using recycled material
- Oekotex compliance
At Ferox we are carefully monitoring our usage of Perfluorocarbons in our products. Firstly, what are Perfluorocarbons (PFCs)?
PFCs are used most commonly in outdoor clothing as Durable Water Repellants (DWR). This is the beading that is visible on the outside of your jacket. Using DWRs are vital in keeping you dry and safe in the harsher environments. They are present when you receive your new jacket and can be reapplied to maintain that level of waterproofness you need.
The current problem with PFCs is that over time they wear off and escape into the wider environment, not biodegrading and affecting wildlife. Whilst this isn’t ideal the industry hasn’t found a suitable replacement with the right level of durability and waterproofness that is required.
At Ferox we are proactively working on reducing our footprint without compromising on the performance and durability we know out customers need. We are already transitioning our use of DWR coatings from the more harmful C8 long-chains to the shorter and less persistent C6 short-chains. We continue to keep on top of the changing use of technology in the industry and development of new greener repellants.