This best-in-class fill insulation led the industry when it was introduced with 80% recycled content just one year ago, and now has reached this sought after milestone more quickly than previously thought possible. Long a leader in sustainable fabrics, Polartec has now upcycled over one billion post-consumer plastic bottles into hundreds of fabric styles and category-creating platforms.
Polartec® Power Fill™ is warm, lightweight package insulation that is hydrophobic, fast-drying, and highly compressible. Polartec® Power Fill™ is made of proprietary hollow fibers that are bonded together through a process that reduces environmental impact, while simultaneously providing superior insulating properties, durability and hand.
This unique process also results in a more stable layer, removing the need for disposable scrims, stabilizing agents, or carriers used by some competing insulations. Unnecessary scrims add weight and may not be made from recycled content, possibly skewing warmth-to-weight ratios and recycled content measurements. By eliminating the need for a wasteful scrim, Polartec® Power Fill™ is warmer for its weight, reduces cold spots and aesthetic changes from migrating fibers, and opens up countless design possibilities.
“Finding sustainable solutions is a core objective of our science of fabric,” says Gary Smith, Polartec CEO. “We’re proud to have ‘cracked the code’ required to produce premium quality insulation from 100% PCR materials.”
100% recycled Polartec® Power Fill™ is currently available in 80 and 100 g/m² weights, with the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certification. Polartec® Power Fill™ products are currently available from customers Bight Gear and Triple Aught Design, with product also planned from Blackyak, Crazy Idea, Giro, Goldwin, Millet, P1G-Tac, Reusch and Samas