W.L. Gore & Associates has announced the launch of a new three-layer laminate for outdoor apparel next year, as part of its offerings to help reduce the environmental footprint of outdoor fabrics. The new Gore-Tex 3-Layer features a recycled and solution-dyed polyester backer, as well as a durable water-repellent treatment (DWR) of the face fabric which is said to be free of polyfluorocarbons (PFCs) of Environmental Concern (PFCEC Free DWR). The Gore-Tex 3-Layer laminate is scheduled for launch at Ispo in Munich on Feb. 3-6, 2019. The new laminate is meant to be extremely versatile. According to the company, the 3-Layer garments engineered with Gore-Tex are suitable for a wide range of urban and general outdoor activities, ranging from camping, hiking and adventure traveling to skiing, golf and other sports.

Gore says it worked for more than a year across its supply chain to develop a completely new, recycled and solution-dyed yarn for the backer, resulting in what it describes as the lowest denier it has ever produced. About 4,000 recycled plastic bottles are used to make 1,000 meters of the new backer textile. Solution dyeing is a yarn-dyeing technique in which dyes are mixed with nylon or polyester pellets before the yarn is spun. The resulting yarn is permanently, deeply colored and ready to be woven into fabrics. Compared with conventional jet dying, solution dyeing generates about 96 percent less global warming potential gases and uses about 88 percent less water, as measured by the Higg Material Sustainability Index. Gore announced in February 2017 its commitment to progressively eliminate PFCs of Environmental Concern from the entire life cycle of its consumer fabrics portfolio. The launch of the new Gore-Tex 3-Layer is described as a new step in that direction.