Aspen Times Weekly: New Kind of ‘Eco’ Jacket |

Aspen Times Weekly: New Kind of ‘Eco’ Jacket

by Stephen Regenold

Stark-white and minimal in build, a jacket line from Columbia Sportswear has the potential to shake the outdoors industry with a litany of environmental upgrades when it comes to market for 2017.

The to-be-released jacket line uses no dye in its manufacturing. It’s made of recycled plastic bottles. And (the kicker), the design eliminates a caustic chemical found, until now, across the industry.

Columbia Sportswear‘s announcement of the OutDry Extreme ECO Shell line has heretofore unseen sustainability claims. Most notably, the jackets are said to use no fluorocarbons in their materials, membranes or treatments.

Fluorocarbons or perfluorinated compounds, often shortened to PFCs, are manmade organic chemicals widely found in waterproof-breathable jackets, despite being flagged as environmental and ecotoxicity concerns.

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