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Polartec Commits to 100% Recycled Materials and Biodegradability Across Entire Product Line (1/30/19)
Polartec Eco-Engineering™ to set new standard for sustainable textiles including the creation of the
world’s first fully recycled and biodegradable fleece, other knits, insulation fills and breathable
(Andover, Mass.) - January 30, 2019 - Polartec, the premium producer of innovative and sustainable
textile solutions, introduces its Eco-Engineering™ initiative to use recycled and biodegradable
materials across its entire product line.
The effort joins other industry leaders and pioneers in sustainable textiles: Unifi and Intrinsic
Advanced Materials. The collaboration combines a revolutionary CiCLO® technology with Unifi’s
innovative yarn products to promote biodegradation of polyester and nylon, as well as applications
in polyurethane, in sea water and landfill conditions. The goal is to create the world’s first fully
recycled and biodegradable fleeces and breathable waterproof membranes, as well as other knits
and insulation fills.
“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,” says Gary
Smith, Polartec CEO. “This is the culmination of over 25 years of Polartec investment and
Polartec created the very first performance fabrics made from post-consumer recycled plastics in
1993, and began collaborating with Unifi in 2006.
“We are proud to be a part of progressive collaborations that seek to find solutions, through textile
innovation, for some of the world’s most significant challenges,” says Kevin Hall, Unifi CEO. “By
working with leaders from our industry, we strive to create innovative products that are synergistic
with key technologies like recycling. We look forward to this journey towards developing
biodegradable materials and for more industry partners to join the sustainable pathway.”
“After years of R&D to create a solution for biodegradability, we’re thrilled to partner with the
inventor of technical fleece and leader in performance knits to bring CiCLO to market as part of
Polartec Eco-Engineering,” says Andrea Ferris, Intrinsic Advanced Materials CEO.
The collaboration is an extension of Polartec Eco-Engineering™, a process that deploys recycled
inputs, advanced production techniques, logistical efficiency, and rigorous testing and certifications
to create an unrivaled innovation pipeline devoted to producing sustainable fabrics with elite
performance characteristics. This includes OEKO-TEX® and bluesign® certifications across all
Polartec facilities worldwide. The Polartec Eco-Engineering™ effort seeks to set a new, higher ‘triple
bottom line’ standard for the textile industry: fully recycled inputs, fully recyclable fabrics, and
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