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FC-Free Litus Jacket

We promised, we delivered. It’s the decisions that we make: we are committed to minimising the environmental impact of our product and business. Nothing harmful in the soil; nothing harmful in our jackets.

Eradicating fluorocarbon finishes from our water repellent and waterproof fabrics was our fabric development mission for 8 years. We spent a number of years testing a large number of fluorocarbon-free finishes (FC-Free), to ensure the highest water repellent standards are achieved without compromising the environment.

For the majority of waterproof clothing, water repellence is achieved by treating fabrics with fluorocarbon-based Durable Water Repellents (DWRs), made up of C8 long chain chemicals (PFC DWR). However, these fluorocarbons slowly leach from the fabrics and gradually find their way into the water system. Over time, they bioaccumulate in the environment and enter the food chain, with the potential to cause health problems for both wildlife and people. 

FC-Free Waterproof Bags

Drift Waterproof Roll Top Backpack Drift Waterproof Roll Top Backpack
Drift Waterproof Roll Top Backpack

Whatever adventures you have planned, the pack on your back is just as important as what you put in it. In development for over 2 years, we'

Drift Waterproof Dry Bag Drift Waterproof Dry Bag
Drift Waterproof Dry Bag

Whether you're keeping your gear dry and protected while by the water or separating out that soggy post-surf wetsuit from the rest of your k

Drift Waterproof Duffle Bag Drift Waterproof Duffle Bag
Drift Waterproof Duffle Bag

Wherever your adventures take you, the bag you carry with you is just as important as the kit that goes in it. Our Drift Duffle bags are ful

After identifying some concerns within our own supply chain, we moved away from using these in 2010 and insisted on using a less harmful C6 DWR that was PFOA / FPOS free.

We announced our commitment as a business towards eliminating fluorocarbons from our range by the end of 2017. We believed it was attainable and we’re proud to have made it a reality.

Since 2018 we have only used fluorocarbon-free DWRs in all of our outerwear. We currently use two DWRs, one silicone based and an American DWR called Neoseed which contains botanical extracts to repel water without the need for fluorine - both of these DWRs break down naturally in the environment so we can create waterproof fabrics without compromising performance or the environment.

As a business we are by no means perfect, nor do we have all the answers, but in the face of an ever changing landscape, we always seek and commit to the best and most sustainable way of making our product, innovating where necessary.

 

FC-Free Waterproof Jackets

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The Rainbird Waterproof Jacket

Winner of Wanderlust's Gear Of The Year - Best Travel Waterproof.The Rainbird is a brand new addition to our range. Fully waterproof with a

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The Rainbird Waterproof Jacket

Winner of Wanderlust's Gear Of The Year - Best Travel Waterproof.The Rainbird is a brand new addition to our range. Fully waterproof with a

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Orians Waterproof Jacket

The Orians is a fully waterproof jacket in a casual wearable style that pays homage to traditional fisherman's waterproofs. Lightweight and

 

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