The Heidenheim-based manufacturer Outlast Technologies GmbH is a specialist in temperature-regulating materials. The Outlast development team keeps pushing the boundaries of what is technically possible and delivers innovative textiles that offer outstanding comfort and unique functionality.
Made in Germany: In addition to the extensive development work, Outlast does not lose sight of its commitment to resource-saving products and sustainable production. The company manufactures a large part of its textiles for the bedding industry in Germany with all the advantages it brings in terms of quality, environmental protection and high social standards. “We want to manufacture our products as cleanly and sustainably as possible and invest a lot of commitment and development power in this area,” says Martin Bentz, the company’s managing director. Certifications such as Standard 100 by OEKO-TEX Class 1, resource-saving dyeing and production processes according to the highest European quality standards have been a natural part of the Outlast philosophy for many years.
Recycling: Outlast also attaches great importance to recycled raw materials. Although more difficult to obtain, they are essential to the overall direction of the company. The German-based company uses knitwear and non-wovens that are made from 100% recycled polyester and serve as a carrier material for temperature-regulating coatings. These materials come from recycled textiles and PET bottles and meet the Global Recycle Standard (GRS).
Regrowing: In addition, there is a focus on the use of renewable resources. The development team based in Germany was able to successfully convert the basic material for the Outlast heating technology to rapeseed oil-based natural wax instead of continuing to rely on synthetic or mineral oil-based raw materials. “We have to handle raw materials responsibly and we see it as our duty to make a contribution to environmental protection, even if that is of course always a challenge,” says Bentz.
Resource-saving: Outlast also offers resource-saving materials, such as Lyocell-based fabrics. Not only do they need 35 times less water than cotton during production, but they also consist of up to 70-80% renewable raw materials. The fibres for viscose are also obtained on wood and forest plantations, which, compared to cotton production, do not require artificial irrigation and thus only require 5% of the amount of water for production. Viscose also has the property of having an odour-inhibiting effect. Together with the reduced sweat production due to the Outlast heat management, fewer washing cycles are required, which in turn reduces water consumption.
Longevity: All Outlast products are characterised by their high quality and durability. Long product life cycles are an effective approach to generating sustainability and counteracting a throw-away mentality.
Less sweating:Reduced sweat production means that less laundry is required, detergents and water can be saved and fewer small textile particles end up in the wastewater.
CO2 savings: Outlast also advocates short transport routes. With different production locations, the company tries to keep the transport routes to the customer as short as possible and thus avoid unnecessary CO2 emissions. “In general, transparency is important to us,” emphasises Bentz. “Worldwide we carefully select every Outlast manufacturing partner according to the highest quality criteria. Strong partnerships, regular quality controls and intensive communication ensure that our partners not only manufacture the highest quality Outlast® products, but also meet the highest standards in terms of ecology, human rights and working conditions. An important prerequisite that Outlast really feels good for everyone. “