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New DWR treatment exceeds expectations for Polartec

No loss of water repellency or durability.

13th July 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Spartanburg, SC, USA


Milliken & Company brand Polartec is complteley eliminating the use of per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) in its durable water repellent (DWR) treatments across its entire range of performance fabrics.

A new non-PFAS treatment, offering zero loss of durability or water repellency, is the latest in Polartec’s growing EcoEngineering initiative.

The weather protection fabric treatment will be used in Hardface, Power Shield, Power Shield Pro, NeoShell and Windbloc products and will also be extended to fleece and insulation treatments for greater moisture management on products like Thermal Pro and Alpha.

“Trial results have exceeded our expectations,” said Mike Rose, Polartec vice-president of product development. “There is no loss of performance from a water repellency or durability standpoint.”

Over the company’s 30-year history, Polartec has established itself as a foremost innovator of performance fabrics engineered for all conditions and the brand’s dedication to environmentally sustainable products continues to push the market forward. From inventing the process of turning post-consumer plastic into performance fabrics and leading the use of recycled content across all categories––to innovating products with non-PFAS DWR treatments and leading the way in circularity––sustainable science is the innovation force behind the brand.

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