Stahl introduced PFC-free water-repellent portfolio for the leather industry

Our new portfolio of water-repellent solutions ensures that leather items such as footwear and hiking gear are able to withstand outdoor conditions like rain, water, and snow without compromising on performance and ensuring low impact for the environment. These new solutions are PFC-free (perfluorocarbon) and BTX-free (benzene toluene xylene) and are part of the Stahl Neo leather finish portfolio. Stahl officially launched its water-repellent portfolio in September 2017 at the All China Leather Exhibition (ACLE) in Shanghai.

‘Despite harm caused to the environment, the use of PFC was common practice in the industry for waterproofing leather. By excluding PFC, we take another step towards a more sustainable leather industry,’ says Huub van Beijeren, Chief Executive Officer at Stahl. ‘This is to support brands that aim to ban hazardous substances from their products. We are proud to introduce our new line of water-repellent solutions for leather that not only comply with the 2020 Zero Discharge Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) goals, but are also PFC-free and BTX-free.’ Xavier Rafols, Group Director Leather Finish adds. ‘This enables brands and manufacturers to improve the performances of their leather products in a qualitative and sustainable way,' he concludes.

Our water repellents are easy to use and can be applied by any conventional method and ensure great durability and excellent resistance to water spotting. These solutions are especially interesting for leather items used outdoors like gloves, footwear, and outdoor gear, as well as any item that requires water spot resistance. They are applicable on nappalan finishes, suede, nubuck or full grain leather. The new water-repellent solutions can easily be combined with many other products of the Stahl Neo portfolio which not only comply with the guidelines of the ZDHC MRSL, but go even beyond.
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