Polartec has upgraded products from two of the performance fabric platforms that use its Biolon plant-based nylon fibre and membrane technology. Biolon is described as a renewable, non-GMO plant-based nylon with a 50% lower carbon footprint than virgin Nylon 6,6. Biolon nylon properties – durability, comfort and breathability – are said to be closer to nylon 6,6 than many recycled nylon alternatives currently on the market.
These plant-based inputs will account for approximately half (45-48 percent) of the nylon content in the fibres and membranes in new Polartec Power Shield and Power Stretch Pro fabrics which will be released this autumn.
Ramesh Kesh, Senior Vice President – Government and defense, at Polartec explained: “We at Polartec believe that leaving the world a better place than we found it is a responsibility for everyone. The launch of Biolon-based products marks an important step in that journey.
“For a long time, many thought that sustainable options meant a loss in performance, like durability, Polartec has proved that this is not the case.”
Biolon will account for 48 percent content in the Polartec Power Shield membrane, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent compared to fossil fuel-based nylon. It also has a water resistance rating of 20K mm and a breathability rating of 20K g/m2/24 hours.
For the Power Stretch Pro, the dual surface fabric comprises a highly durable nylon exterior and a soft, comfortable polyester interior, which also features 4-way stretch.
This fabric replaces half of fossil fuel-based nylon content with Biolon, also resulting in a 50 percent lower carbon footprint compared to virgin nylon, the company said.
Karen Beattie, director of product management at Polartec, added: “Sustainability is at the core of what we do at Polartec. We are elevating our sustainable material capabilities by exploring new fibres, adopting advanced manufacturing techniques, fostering innovation, and collaborating with partners.
“This comprehensive approach ensures that Polartec continues to lead in creating high-performance textiles that prioritise environmental responsibility and contribute to a more sustainable future.”