Eric met Joe Tanner of W.L. Gore & Assoc., Inc. in Elkton, Maryland in 1976. Eric was one of the first in the US to see a new concept in outdoor performance fabrication: GORE-TEX®. He was intrigued and, within a couple weeks, had sewn prototype sleeping bags in the new fabric for field testing. He and Dave proceeded to spend the next seven nights in a commercial frozen meat locker comparing bags with and without the GORE-TEX® fabric. Then they tested the bags sleeping under fire sprinklers. They liked what they saw.
The Marmot team immediately changed everything in the line to GORE-TEX® fabrications, including the down garments and all the sleeping bags. Marmot designed the first GORE-TEX® bivy sack. Marmot designed a GORE-TEX®, single fabric layer, mountaineering tent: the Taku. Marmot is the oldest customer of GORE in the world outdoor market.
To create fair human working conditions, to support social initiatives and to foster a multi-cultural company philosophy.
To produce the best outdoor equipment which meets the expectations of mountain professionals and enthusiasts.
To produce environmental friendly products and foster a global ecological awareness.
Today, Marmot would like to announce that ALL production as of Fall 2015 is PFOA Free. As result from phase 1 of our DWR Initiative, we have switched from a C8 fluorocarbon-based treatment to a shorter-chain C6 treatment, also fluorocarbon-based, but with by-products that break down faster in the environment and with less potential toxicity over time to humans, wildlife and fish.
Marmot is now into Phase 2 of the elimination of all PFC from our supply chain. Currently for Fall 2017, we have been able to convert or eliminate PFC from 68% of all of our products with no impact to performance or durablity.
Since Fall 2016, 100% of our Down Defender supply is PFC free. Marmot’s goal is to be completly PFC free on all product by 2019.
Marmot has adopted its Responsible Down Standard (RDS) - a third party certification standard that can be applied to any waterfowl-based supply chain to help ensure humane treatment of animals from gosling to end product. The goal of the RDS is to enable traceability and change the down industry as a whole, not just one brand’s supply chain. Marmot has committed to introducing certified down into their products beginning as soon as Fall 2015.
ALL down used for Sleeping Bags and Apparel for Fall 2017 is certified to meet RDS (Responsible Down Standard) to help ensure humane treatment of animals from Gosling to end product.
Marmot is bluesign® system partner. bluesign® system partners are committed to applying the bluesign® system which unites the entire textile supply chain to jointly reduce its impact on people and the environment. The Input Stream Management ensures that approved chemical products and raw materials are used in all steps of the manufacturing process. Substances posing risks to people and the environment are hence eliminated from the very beginning. On-site inspections verify the proper application of such chemical products and raw materials in controlled processes and ensure the responsible use of resources.
For more information visit www.bluesign.com.
All Marmot products that contain recycled polyester are labelled UpCycle®, UpCycle®, because these products have been produced by turning a comparatively low-quality raw material, such as a plastic bottle, into a high-performance item of clothing – i.e. a fleece. Our use of Cocona® – which is a residue created during water filter manufacture that is chemically combined into polyester yarn and controls odour, regulates moisture, dries extremely quickly and provides UV protection – is another one of our efforts to use sustainable and ecologically sound materials wherever possible. Furthermore, Marmot uses environmental friendly materials throughout its in-house processes, such as environmental friendly printing paper.