The reasons to recycle? Obviously, the impact to the environment tops the list. Recycling saves energy, reducing our reliance on non-renewable fossil fuels. It significantly decreases the amount of waste we put into landfills, as well as harmful emissions deposited into the atmosphere. The technology behind recycled materials is evolving rapidly. New recycled yarns no longer have trade-offs in product performance or aesthetics. There's also a business benefit, both in the economic return it's capable of yielding, as well as a competitive marketing advantage over companies not viewed as environmentally friendly. There's never been a better time to do the right thing.
Continuing our quest to reduce our overall carbon footprint, Polartec, LLC and Unifi have announced a furthering of this already innovative partnership by introducing performance fabrics made with REPREVE 100 - 100% PCR, post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. REPREVE 100 will soon be made from 95% post-consumer waste (clear plastic water bottles) and 5% fabric cut waste. Click on News and Events below to learn more.
The Polartec® Recycled Product Line
We've been offering recycled Polartec® Classic fabrics since 1993. With recent yarn technology breakthroughs, the possibilities to improve and expand are endless. We now offer recycled content fabrics in every category ranging from super soft next-to-skin Polartec® Power Dry® to high loft Polartec® Thermal Pro® insulation to Polartec® Power Shield® performance soft shell fabrics. Though the actual recycled content of each style varies, we have made a corporate commitment to having a minimum of 50% recycled content in order to promote a style as recycled.
In 2011 Polartec is switching to Repreve 100, a 100% Post Consumer Recyled (PCR) fiber
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Watch the process of creating fleece made out of 100% Post Consumer Recycled plastic bottles.
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