A biodegradable and mineral-based membrane for outdoor wear.
Awarded: €250,000 Year: 2019 Company: Dimpora
Mario Stucki, Anna Beltzung
Dimpora’s vision is to provide sustainable solutions for performance wear in order to enjoy nature in its fullest, without damaging it.
Dimpora stands for the combination of dimension and pore. Both are key to their vision of a seamless breathable membrane formed directly on any 3D surface. They believe in the preservation and conservation of nature.
Compared to many current membranes theirs are completely free of bio-accumulative toxins. They use high-end technologies to create new products for you to enjoy being outside. A fully biodegradable option is under development.
It’s ironic that clothes designed for people who truly love nature often bring considerable damage to the environment. The root of this problem lies within the harmful substances added to outdoor wear to help the garments withstand rain and harsh weather conditions. The Sane Membrane is here to change all that, this non-toxic, mineral-based and fluorine-free alternative consists of a biodegradable solution that does the job just as effectively but naturally. It can be added to any kind of garment in the form of a micro-thin membrane that shields against the elements in a sustainable way.
Greenpeace released in 2017 a report condemning the use of per- and polyfluorinated chemicals (PFCs) in the clothing industry. Those chemicals revealed to be extremely hazardous and persistent in the environment. As a matter of fact, accumulation of PFCs were found in the liver of polar bears and in human blood as well as in secluded mountains and lakes. It is therefore of the utmost importance that nature enthusiasts keep their beloved outdoor spaces PFCs free. With Dimpora, we are addressing the need of replacing fluorinated polymers in the apparel industry with a new material with equal if not better properties.
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The Sane Membrane is A non-toxic, mineral-based and fluorine-free alternative consists of a biodegradable solution
DR. ANNA BELTZUNG - CTO
DR. MARIO STUCKI - CEO
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Dimpora believes in the preservation and conservation of nature. Compared to many current membranes theirs are completely free of bioaccumulative toxins. They use high-end technologies to create new products for you to enjoy being outside. A fully biodegradable option is under development.
The current membrane market is dominated by so-called fluorinated chemistry. These non-natural compounds have been used by millions of outdoor enthusiasts all over the world. The traces of this can now be found in the remote nature and its inhabitants creating physical risks for the nature we enjoy.
We use fluorine-free materials that are well known all around us. Our technology allows us to exchange the base material, potentially also with recyclable or biodegradable material.
Goal 12 wants to make us think twice about the things we use, the waste we create, and how that impacts the planet. Changing our behaviour towards more sustainable actions such as recycling really makes a difference when everyone -that includes individuals, companies, government - contributes.