Our Fabrics division is committed to minimizing our environmental footprint through an active and responsible approach to the design and manufacture of our products and operation of our facilities.
When designing new products, we consider all stages of the final product's life cycle. We strive to continuously improve the total environmental impact of our products using the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of the final consumer product as an ecological evaluation tool.
- Committed to sound science
- Life Cycle Assessment is our benchmark
- Durability of our products is the cornerstone of our position
Because we desire to be a positive influence within our industry at large, Gore was a founding member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), an organization whose vision is to help create an apparel and footwear industry that produces no unnecessary environmental harm and has a positive impact on the people and communities associated with its activities.
Our founders Bill and Vieve Gore understood and promoted the importance of respecting the environment. We are proud to carry on that tradition.
Milestones of our Sustainability Program
Gore Fabrics Division started nearly two decades ago to analyze the overall environmental impact of its fabrics products. From there we built our environmental program, and focus today on implementing the bluesign® standard and actively participating in the sustainability initiatives of our industry. Some key milestones include:
- 1986: Gore pioneered solvent-free adhesives for manufacturing garment laminates
- 1989: Introduction of GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY® promise ensuring a finished garment’s fitness for use
- 1992: Gore Fabrics adopts Life Cycle Assessment, an ecological accounting system that can be used as an internal instrument for planning
- 1993: The GORE® BALANCE PROJECT® program is adopted, making Gore the first manufacturer of performance fabrics to introduce a high level recycling system for high-performance garments
- 1994: Introduction of the GORE™ Cover System, a world leading technology for composting organic waste streams
- 1995: Gore receives the “European Outdoor Award for Innovation” for its GORE® BALANCE PROJECT® program for post-consumer garment recycling
- 1996: Gore began working with the Öko-Tex® 100 Standard for textile product safety
- 2004: GORE™ Cover has become the global leading composting technology used in more than 150 organic waste treatment plants diverting more than 2 million tons of organic wastes from landfills
- 2006: From the beginning, Gore has actively participated in the efforts of the outdoor industry on the path to systematically improve the environmental impacts of its products including safely managing chemicals
- 2010: An Environmental Management System based on ISO 14001 was implemented in Gore Fabrics manufacturing plants globally
- 2011: GORE-TEX® apparel made with 2-layer laminates that are “bluesign® approved fabrics” are available at retail after Sept 2012
- 2011: Gore switched its durable water repellency (DWR) treatment for its consumer fabrics from C8-based to more environmentally friendly alternatives
- 2012: The Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), of which Gore Fabrics is a founding member, unveiled the Higg Index, a new tool for measuring a product’s sustainability performance across the industry value chain.
- 2012: Our bluesign® offerings increase to about 50% percent of the total GORE-TEX® laminate volume supplied for making consumer garments for Autumn Winter 2013 retail season