Toray has announced the creation of a new nylon fiber that could help reduce the toxicity problem of durable water-repellent (DWR) treatments in outdoor gear. The new nylon is said to offer high water repellency despite using a DWR treatment with a lower environmental cost than those based on traditional C8 chemistry. PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic Acid), also known as C8, is a man-made chemical. The textile was obtained by using a proprietary composite spinning technology, called Nanodesign. Toray plans to market the new nylon in autumn 2020 as a variation of its existing textile brands Airtastic, Entrant and Dermizax. Based on the high water-repellent properties of the textile, the company intends to target the active outdoor sports, athleisure and skiing markets.