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Plant-based nylon from Polartec

Properties said to be closer to nylon 6.6 than many recycled nylon alternatives currently on the market.

4th October 2023

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Spartanburg, SC, USA


Polartec will launch  Power Shield and Power Stretch Pro fabrics and membranes containing Biolon fibres this Autumn.

Biolon is a renewable, non-GMO plant-based nylon with a 50% lower carbon footprint than virgin Nylon 6.6. Its properties are said to be closer to nylon 6.6 than many recycled nylon alternatives currently on the market and its plant-based inputs account for between 45-48% of content. It has a water resistance rating of 20K/mm and a breathability rating of 20K/gsm/24 hours.

Polartec Power Stretch Pro dual surface fabric comprises a highly durable nylon exterior and a soft, comfortable polyester interior and is durable, comfortable and breathable, with four-way stretch performance.

“For a long time, many thought that sustainable options meant a loss in performance properties like durability, but Polartec has proved that this is not the case,” said Ramesh Kesh, the company’s senior vice president of government and defence. “Challenging a technology already considered to be the pinnacle of performance was a big ask but the team at Polartec rose to the challenge and we believe we have created a new standard in sustainability for performance fabrics.”

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