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DuPont, Unifi and Youngone launch ECOLoft

DuPont Biomaterials, Unifi and Youngone have announced a new collection of insulation products.

13th June 2019

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Wilmington, DE/Greensboro, NC

Sports/​Outdoor, Sustainable, Clothing/​Footwear

ECOLoft AIR SR. © DuPont Biomaterials

DuPont Biomaterials, Unifi and Youngone have announced a new collection of insulation products that offers soft, dimensionally stable and sustainable options for cold-weather garments and bedding materials.

Youngone, a leading global manufacturer of outdoor and athletic clothing, textiles, footwear and gear, is leveraging DuPont Sorona renewably sourced fibre and Unifi Repreve recycled content to debut three new insulation products that provide lightweight breathable warmth with unique softness and shape retention at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market next week.

“These textile leaders are committed to innovation, sustainability and performance – and partnering with them will enable us to offer first-of-their-kind eco-conscious and high performing insulation products,” said Rick Fowler, CTO at Youngone. “We are thrilled to partner with such industry pioneers and launch a much-needed product in the industry.”

The ECOLoft eco-elite insulation collection is the first post-consumer recycled product that also incorporates bio-based materials for innovative, breakthrough insulation, the company reports. It features three products with various benefits that all offer a reduced environmental footprint without compromising on insulation performance.

“This ECOLoft collection will elevate sustainable, high-performance insulation solutions for the outdoor market and offer brands a versatile option for cold-weather products,” said Renee Henze, Global Marketing Director for DuPont Biomaterials. “Unlike traditional down or synthetic insulation products, this offering optimizes the use of recycled and renewably sourced content for best-in-class insulation solutions, and we look forward to introducing this to the market at Outdoor Retailer.”

ECOLoft FLEX SR. © DuPont Biomaterials

ECOLoft FLEX SR. © DuPont Biomaterials

The ECOLoft eco-elite insulation collection features three products. ECOLoft ActiVe SR (35% Sorona + 55% Repreve) is a synthetic, vertically lapped insulation that combines the warmth-to-weight of down with breathability. It features more recycled and renewable content than industry peers, improved vapor management while maintaining warmth, and the compressibility and soft comfort that is ideal for active adventures, according to the partners.

ECOLoft FLEX SR (60% Sorona + 35% Repreve) is maximised multi-layering of Repreve and Sorona fibres in the padding web that create a lightweight, warm insulation designed for breathability and movement.

ECOLoft AIR SR (60% Sorona + 40% Repreve) is voluminous natural-down-like synthetic fibrefill for puffer jackets and similar products that is designed to offer notable warmth, excellent washing performance and vapor management performance for enhanced comfort.

“Both the Repreve and Sorona brands are working with revolutionary products in their own class, and with this partnership, we’re joining forces to continue to innovate within the outdoor market and beyond,” said Meredith Boyd, Senior Vice President of Global Innovations for Unifi. “Through important collaborations such as this, we can drive textile innovation and help revolutionise the future of our industry.”

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