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FabricLink Network Innovation Watch ORSS 2020
Here are some exciting innovations from the
2020 Outdoor Retailer Winter Market + Snow
January 29-31, 2020 in Denver, CO
Teflon EctoElite

Teflon® Reimagined
There is a trend toward more sustainable textiles including recyclable and biobased. Your repellent finish should go beyond just being non-fluorinated but also be biobased.

Teflon EcoElite™ finish contains 60 percent renewably sourced raw material derived from plant-based sources and offers durable water-based stain repellency that works on a range of fabrics. Teflon EcoElite™ finish is up to three times more durable than other non-fluorinated repellents, delivering excellent performance every wash. More info.

the wool bar

Draper Knitting Logo

By now you get the idea… we love wool!
Why? It goes beyond the fabulous properties of this fiber. It’s about our commitment to traceability and sustainability in textiles. We work with the Shaniko Wool Company to source wool fiber and yarn that is RWS certified. We are thrilled that sustainable label, Arielle of NYC, has already adopted a Draper Wool Bar style. More info.

Winter / Snow 2020 Fabric Trends from the FabricLink Network

Sustainability is the dominant overall trend in the Outdoor Market. All aspects of textiles need to have a sustainable message.

Fabric Trends – Some of the current sustainability trends include:

  • Blended fabrics utilizing fiber technology that reduces synthetic microfiber pollution
  • Blends with natural fibers for sustainability & comfort
  • Natural Plant Dyes / Sustainable Dyes / Dyeing with low (or no) water usage
  • Sustainable Lamination Technologies
  • Advanced Recycled / Biodegradable fibers
  • Biodegradable Polyester
  • PFC Free Hydrocarbons incorporated into the fiber, allowing for the retention of functionality for up to 80 washes – longer than conventional coatings
  • Antimicrobial fibers / fabrics with reduced need for washing
  • Abrasion Resistant fabrics to extend life
  • Bio-engineered Fibers / Biopolymers

Pantone Classic Blue
PANTONE #19-4052

Color of the Year Pantone's color of the year is Classic Blue (PANTONE 19-4052), which takes on distinct appearances through application to different materials, finishes and textures, from shimmering metallics, lustrous sheens and high-tech materials to hand crafted looks and more fragile fabrics.

Supporting Brands
Chemours - Teflon
Stain & Soil Protection
Nice Gain

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