HDry | Sustainability A SUSTAINABLE CHOICE BASED ON THE “BETTER EFFICIENCY, USING LESS MATERIAL” APPROACH

A SUSTAINABLE CHOICE BASED ON THE “BETTER EFFICIENCY, USING LESS MATERIAL” APPROACH

LESS NEED OF DWR / PFCs TREATMENTS

HDry patented construction process helps decreasing the use of durable water repellent (DWR) treatments, mainly based on PFCs. In waterproof footwear made with the standard ‘bootie’ system, shoe upper materials are often heavily impregnated with perfluorinated chemical compounds (PFCs) to limit the amount of water that penetrates and stagnates in the space between the shoe’s upper and the membrane.

HDry 3D lamination process features a much more effective use of the waterproof membrane. In fact, the membrane directly to the shoe’s upper material, blocking the water at the outermost layer before it can penetrate the shoe. As it eliminates the possibility of moisture build-up between the outer layer and the membrane, there is no (or much less) need for upper material treatment with PFCs.

Many PFCs, including perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), have been a concern because they do not break down in the environment, can move through soils and contaminate drinking water sources, and they build up (bioaccumulate) in fish and wildlife. PFCshave been found in rivers and lakes and in many types of animals on land and in the water.

PFCs-FREE, PTFE-FREE AND CERTIFIED MATERIALS

HDry compound is made of a polyurethane ester-based waterproof/breathable membrane combined with thin polyester knit. Material saving and lightness are among the greatest benefits. HDry is PTFE-free and no perflourinated compounds (PFCs, PFOS, PFOA etc.) are used during its production.

HDry does not containany substance oftheREACH –ECHA list.All HDry membranes are tested for harmful substances and are OEKO-TEX STANDARD 100 certified. HDry | Sustainability

HDry | Sustainability

«Thanks to HDry, the waterproof function is greatly enhanced, while the need for harmful chemicals treatment like PFCs is dramatically reduced. That’s a fact»

HDry | Sustainability

EXTENDED PRODUCT LIFETIME

In shoes made with the ‘bootie’ system, water ingress can lead to rotting of internal components (toe puff, reinforcements, insole...), and a reduction in material strength (for example, contributing to sole bond failures).

In shoes made with the ‘bootie’ system, water ingress can lead to rotting of internal components (toe puff, reinforcements, insole...), and a reduction in material strength (for example, contributing to sole bond failures).