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Here at Lowe Alpine we spend as much time as possible in the outdoors.

The environment that we climb, run, hike and bike in is important to us and we understand the impact we have on it.

As a company and responsible group of people, we have always been mindful of the impact we have on this environment and are constantly evaluating this and making decisions to improve our actions. Whether this is our energy usage, waste recycling or choice of materials we use in our products, we are in control of this and act responsibly.


Here at Lowe Alpine we have been carefully monitoring the emerging environmental concerns about PFCs and working hard on this issue behind the scenes.

PFCs (Perfluorocarbons) are compounds that are widely used in many different industries, including the manufacture of durable water repellent finishes (DWRs) commonly used on backpack fabrics. The use of effective durable water repellents prevents the fabric from “wetting out” and also improves the longevity of the product. Extending the useable life of the product is a key element in our environmental strategy.The active water repellents themselves are tightly and durably bound to the fabrics but there are trace levels (at parts-per-billion levels) of unfixed PFC’s that can enter the environment. The primary concern is that many PFC’s are persistent and do not biodegrade.

What we know is that DWRs based on PFCs provide the best performance out of the currently available chemical finishing technologies; they ensure that backpack is properly and durably water repellent.

At Lowe Alpine we have always taken our environmental responsibilities very seriously and in the absence of coherent, scientifically derived legislation we are working proactively to manage PFCs responsibly with the information available. Previously we have already voluntarily made a transition from long chain fluorocarbon finishes C8 to shorter chain C6, due to the reduced bio-persistence of C6 species in the environment, and we continue to search for PFC-free alternatives without compromising the performance and durability we know our customers need.

This work is progressing well. Subject to equal or improved technical performance being achieved, we have now committed to a goal of switching from PFC-based technologies for all our products by 2020.

We will also continue to monitor the legal landscape for objective, scientific derived guidance on PFC’s and alternatives to ensure we arrive at the best solution for customers and the environment. As this project continues we will let you know what steps we are taking and will update you on our progress towards our goal.

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