The pace of change in the development of outdoor-oriented fabrics and insulation is accelerating as the growing awareness of environmental impacts and the push for sustainability in the supply chain are driving innovation across the board. The recently-announced Eco-Engineering™ initiative from Polartec aims to use recycled and biodegradable materials across its entire product line. In doing so, it claims to be setting a new standard for sustainable textiles – including the creation of the world’s first fully recycled and biodegradable fleece, other knits, insulation fills and breathable waterproof fabrics.
By its nature, much of the development work is technical and is resulting in the emergence of partnerships spanning industries. Polartec has been working with two other pioneers in sustainable textiles – Unifi, one of the world’s leading innovators in manufacturing synthetic and recycled performance fibers, and Intrinsic Advanced Materials, founded to develop and commercialize sustainable and closed loop solutions for textiles. The collaboration combines revolutionary CiCLO technology with Unifi’s innovative yarn products to promote biodegradation of polyester and nylon.
Polartec created the very first performance fabrics made from post-consumer recycled plastics in 1993 and began collaborating with Unifi in 2006. The goal now is to create the world’s first fully recycled and biodegradable fleeces and breathable waterproof membranes, as well as other knits and insulation fills. Polartec CEO Gary Smith said,
“By collaborating with the best in the business, Polartec is committing to the pursuit of a future where everything is eco-engineered to use recycled inputs and to be biodegradable. This is the culmination of over 25 years of Polartec investment and innovation.”
Source : https://www.forbes.com/sites/johntraynor1/2019/03/11/polartec-makes-a-clear-commitment-to-100-recycled-materials-and-biodegradability/#1668bdb15def