PANEL: Waterproof Breathable Membranes - A comparison of all the options


Expert Talk Area and Live-Stream

Wednesday 15th March 2023

12:30 - 13:30 CET

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The last 3 months has seen more disruption to the permeable waterproof membrane market than has there has been in the last 30 years. Products from the two biggest brand names in the Outdoor market have stopped production; legislation coming in has meant that other product will not be available from next year. There has been a new substrate mentioned: the olefins. As concentration towards the Circular Economy has increased the demand for mono-material solutions now exist. Add to this new Ingredient Supply brands have popped up as options in waterproof breathable fabrics. PFCs are on the way out. You shouldn’t miss this panel!



  • Celgard
  • Sympatex
  • Kingwander

About the orator

Dr. Mark Taylor & Kate Morris

Leeds Institute of Textiles and Colour, School of Design at the University of Leeds

Mark is an active researcher who lectures to undergraduates (and masters students) and supervisors research students.

He teaches on the BA Sustainable Fashion programme. This includes modules on the lifecycle of fibres, sportwear and tools for sustainable design.

Marks research interests cover the comfort and protection of clothing systems for extreme and hostile environments and the role of textiles in protection in falls from height or from falling objects.

Since 2016 Mark has actively researched the problem of fibre release from textiles during laundry. He is a member of the Microfibre Consortiums (TMC) Technical Committee, The TMC is an industry funded organisation whose aim is to "facilitate the development of practical solutions for the textile industry to minimise microfibre release to the environment from textile manufacturing and product life cycle".



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