July 30, 2018

High Performance and High Sustainability


Thomas Band, Fluoropolymers Business Manager, explains how Teflon EcoElite™ renewably sourced finish can help us better enjoy the great outdoors.

An image of Thomas Band, Fluoropolymers Business Manager at The Chemours Company.


Respect for nature. That’s a principle that many outdoor enthusiasts—myself included—adopt whenever they venture into wild areas.

Minimizing human impact helps maintain the integrity of ecosystems and preserves our natural heritage. Those of us who work in the chemistry industry want to extend that philosophy as much as we can to the gear we take with us to the trail. Fortunately, chemical innovations like Teflon EcoElite™ finish for textiles make that possible.

Getting out into nature wasn’t always as easy on us as it is now. Heavy gear with inadequate weatherproofing and waterproofing often left outdoor enthusiasts exhausted, soaked, and chilled. But technical fabrics came along to combat the elements, creating lightweight tents, packs, boots, and apparel that repel moisture.

Performance meets sustainability

Now we’re unlocking new chemistries that allow us to combine high performance with high sustainability. Nothing exemplifies our holistic view of sustainability more than Teflon EcoElite™. Not only does it provide better runnability, moisture resistance, and durable repellency compared to other products, it does so with durable, non-GMO, renewable sources. It’s the only product on the market with that robust mix of performance and sustainability.

I believe caring for the natural world should extend beyond my time in the wild, and I’m glad to be working at a chemistry company that’s innovating to make that possible. New chemistries are providing remarkable performance with increased sustainability.

Teflon EcoElite™ is doing more than just helping us brave and protect the wild. It’s even begun to improve our everyday clothes, making them more resistant to the elements. Chemours is working with the textile industry to improve the stain-fighting ability of our carpets and linens, and to keep those in our homes and cars looking better longer.

For now, though, I’m happy that Teflon EcoElite™ is helping to preserve the natural world. The more of us there are experiencing natural splendor, the more of us there are who will be passionate about protecting it.


This content was featured in the Chemical & Engineering News 07/30/18 issue.

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