Vaude and Sympatex Technologies are launching a range of footwear made for the first time with a Sympatex membrane that is fully recycled, free of poly-fluorinated chemicals (PFCs) and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). Consisting of hiking, trekking and cycling shoes, the range will also have lining with entirely recycled Sympatex material. Furthermore, Vaude will use a fluorocarbon-free durable water-repellent (DWR) coating that has been developed by Sympatex in partnership with Rudolf, a textile chemicals developer. Vaude and Sympatex, which have a shared interest in sustainability, have been working together for several years. Vaude has been moving toward its target of making its entire apparel range without PFCs faster than expected and it announced at the OutDoor fair last year that it had decided to become part of Greenpeace's Detox campaign, aiming to phase out the use and release of toxic chemicals in its entire supply chain by 2020.