Teflon EcoElite™ for Fabrics

Teflon EcoElite™ is up to 3x more durable than existing non-fluorinated water repellent finishes.

For water repellent fabrics, the future is non-fluorinated.

More than 50% of global customers say they'd pay more for responsibly sourced clothing. So Teflon EcoElite™ delivers durable water repellency without fluorine.

 

Teflon EcoElite™ is renewably sourced and up to 3x more durable than other non-fluorinated water-resistant finishes.

Runners, hikers, and workers want outdoor clothing that makes water bead up and roll off. But they want to know that performance doesn't come with hidden costs.

Sustainable manufacturing is a trend that has been building for years. And Teflon EcoElite™ finish is non-fluorinated and made with 60% renewably sourced materials.

Unlike previous non-fluorinated finishes, Teflon EcoElite™ continues to repel water and water-based stains through 30 washes or more.

That's Teflon EcoElite™: Higher value chemistry made for rainy days.

Extending the Value Chain

Working back from performance to raw materials.

A chart shows that Teflon EcoElite™ is renewably sourced, non-fluorinated, water repellent, and water-based stain resistant and that it provides durable performance.

Higher Value Chemistry

Teflon™, the original fluoroproduct brand, has evolved away from traditional "long-chain" C8 chemistry toward more sustainable, "short-chain" C6 chemistry across a range of products.

Teflon EcoElite™ is another step forward. It changes the enabling chemistry for water repellent fabric finishes, while still delivering elite-level performance. Water simply beads up and rolls off.

Paul Kirsch, President, Chemours Fluoroproducts

Paul Kirsch

President, Chemours Fluoroproducts

We’re aiming to enhance performance as the chemistry continues to improve.

Better from the Ground Up

We start with 60% renewably sourced plant-based raw materials, as measured by ASTM method D6866 (ASTM is an independent, nonprofit industry-standards organization).

This means that much of what goes into Teflon EcoElite™ can be naturally regrown and replaced over time. So as clothing makers focus on shrinking their environmental footprint, Teflon EcoElite™ finish is one more step in support. At the same time, its performance far exceeds existing non-fluorinated technologies, such as paraffin and silicones—just what you'd expect from Teflon™.

Renewably Sourced, Reliably Dry

   

 

First Partners and Products

The first garments featuring Teflon EcoElite™ finishes are now available for consumers from internationally known makers of outdoor clothing. They range from high-end skiwear to everyday outerwear.

Since it also repels water-based stains from soda to mud, outdoor fabrics like awnings and outdoor furniture are likely future applications for Teflon EcoElite™.

Lasting Change

For decades, Teflon™ water repellent finishes have been known for keeping rain out while letting outdoor clothing breathe. With Teflon EcoElite™, Chemours is reclaiming that performance for the present.

  1. Up to three times more durable than existing non-fluorinated repellents

  2. Contains 60% renewably sourced raw material (ASTM D6866)

  3. Maintains fabric breathability for maximum comfort

  4. Engineered for an uninterrupted production process

  5. Compatible with common finishing auxiliaries, including resins and cross-linking agents

  6. Not made with genetically modified organisms (GMO)

  7. Not made with alkyl phenol ethoxylate (APEO)

Forecast: Rainy and Dry

Charts illustrating tests that show Teflon EcoElite™ matches or exceeds previous TeflonTM benchmarks for durable water repellency.

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