An Unwavering Dedication to Fluorine-Free Technology
For years, the textile industry has relied on fluorines for achieving water repellency for uses ranging from sportswear to fashion.
In 2000s, knowledge about the harmful nature of fluorines and their byproducts spread, with special effort going toward a move away from the highly persistent organic fluorine known as C8 toward compounds such as C6 and C4 which, while still fluorines, were shown to have less effect on people and the environment.
In 2011, apparel and sports goods brands from around the world entered into the ZDHC (Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals) agreement, with a goal of completely eliminating hazardous chemicals from production by the year 2020. As a whole, the industry began moving toward elimination of fluorines in water repellency applications entirely.
At NICCA, we began developing fluorine-free water repellency well before it became an industry goal. In part, this is because of our long-held dedication toward developing clean products, considering their effects on the people and the environment. The development of fluorine-free highly water-repellent materials is a mission we follow today, and will continue to pursue into tomorrow.