Green Theme International (GTI), the creators of sustainable and water-free textile technologies, has just received the ECO PASSPORT certification by OEKO-TEX from the Hohenstein Institute (Germany) for GTI’s new Aquavent water-repellency chemistry. After five years of research and testing, GTI says it developed an entirely new technology, which eliminates water usage and harmful chemical discharges from traditional DWR finishing processes. GTI’s technology completely eliminates harmful PFC’s and outperforms existing C6, C8 and PFC-free DWRs, says the company.
“This important certification demonstrates GTI’s leadership in sustainable fabric technologies. It validates the efficacy of GTI’s ground-breaking technology and our commitment to eliminate water use and pollution in textile production,” says Brian LaPlante, GTI’s marketing director, who will be attending both Denver and Munich outdoor trade shows this month.
With a projected global clothes-wearing population of 8.5 billion by 2030, GTI has identified an escalating environmental crisis in textile and fabric production that is well underway.
“The cause of so much polluted water on our planet is hanging in our closets,” explains Martin Flora, GTI’s co-founder and CEO, who formed the company with a mission-aligned team in 2016. Flora, who has spent years working in the fashion and outdoor sporting goods industries, has observed the growing environmental concern.
“The textile industry has quietly been polluting trillions of liters of water every year, making it the second largest water polluter in the world,” says Flora. “We’re currently not manufacturing textiles responsibly or sustainably. GTI’s clear mandate is to be a change agent inside the industry’s practices, adopting clean and water-free manufacturing technology.”
GTI’s new Aquavent technology will be presented in several styles with leading outdoor manufacturer Marmot Mountain LLC, at the Outdoor Retailer Trade Show (Jan 25-28) in Denver, Colorado and at the ISPO Trade Show (28-31) in Munich, Germany.