pinqponq stays green
In the textile industry PFC is mainly used on outdoor clothing, as it is highly water- and dirt-repellent and therefore it is ideal for backpacks. But what exactly is the meaning of these three letters? PFC (= perfluorinated and polyfluorinated chemicals) refers to a group of chemicals consisting of around 3000 different substances. These chemicals cannot be naturally found in the environment and are therefore not degradable.
Chemicals can be released during the use and disposal of products containing PFCs. For example, rain can dissolve the chemical particles and distribute them into the environment. Even on Mount Everest, one of the most remote places in the world, residues of PFC's can be found due to particles being transported on mountaineers’ clothing.
PFCs cannot even be degraded in sewage treatment plants and therefore they find their way into rivers and the sea, resulting in them being carried out into the rest of the world. In addition, PFC chemicals accumulate in sewage sludge which is then used in farming as fertilizer. As a result, the chemicals enter the groundwater which primarily affects plants and, not least, people who eat chemically contaminated food. This is enough arguments for us to look at solutions to this problem as soon as possible.
Until recently, it was not technically possible to produce a weather-resistant product without PFCs. But thanks to the newly developed NEOSEED® technology, our partners have succeeded in making pinqponq fabrics PFC-free, yet water- and dirt-repellent. At 1500mm, the products have a higher water column than before and are therefore even more resistant to rain. We have achieved all this without having a negative effect on the texture and above all, on nature! That is why all pinqponq bags are now completely PFC-free, since the 2018 Autumn-Winter-Collection!
Since 2017, pinqponq has been producing products without leather and they are therefore 100% vegan. But we have also made some improvements to our synthetic leather. This is now coated with a water-based polyethylene (PU) layer. But what does that exactly mean? In most cases, a solvent-based PU is used to make the fabric weatherproof. This can release any volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are harmful to both humans and nature. Water-based PU has the advantage that no fossil raw materials are required for production and are therefore more environmentally friendly and energy-efficient. pinqponq stays green!