July 13, 2021

Polartec Announces Full Use of Non-PFAS DWR Treatments

(Andover, Mass.) - July 13, 2021 - Polartec®, a Milliken & Company brand, and premium creator of innovative and sustainable textile solutions, announces the elimination of PFAS (per- and polyfluoralkyl substances) in its DWR (durable water repellent) treatments across its line of performance fabrics. This non-PFAS treatment, offering zero loss of durability or water repellency, is the latest in Polartec's growing EcoEngineering™ initiative.

As part of its sustainability efforts, Polartec prioritized performance and longevity as it worked to eliminate PFAS in its DWR treatments. This new weather protection fabric treatment will be used in Hardface®, Power Shield®, Power Shield® Pro, NeoShell® and Windbloc® products. The technology will also extend to fleece and insulation treatments for greater moisture management on products like Thermal Pro® and Alpha®.

"Trial results have exceeded even our expectations," said Mike Rose, Polartec VP of Product Development. "There is no loss of performance from a water repellency or durability standpoint."

"Achieving non-PFAS treatments within our product line is an important milestone in our commitment to sustainably made performance fabrics," added Steve Layton, Polartec President. "It’s the latest step on our journey to an even more sustainable Polartec."

Over the company's 30-year history, Polartec has established itself as the world's foremost innovator of performance fabrics engineered for all conditions. 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.

Polartec products with non-PFAS DWR treatments are available now for purchase, either by contacting a Polartec account manager, or by contacting Polartec here.

About Polartec®

Polartec®, a Milliken & Company brand, is the premium provider of innovative and sustainable textile solutions. Since inventing the original PolarFleece in 1981, Polartec engineers continue to advance the science of fabric by creating problem solving technologies that improve the user experience. Polartec fabrics offer a wide range of functionality, including lightweight wicking and cooling, warmth and insulation, breathable weather protection, fire resistance, and enhanced durability. Polartec products are used by performance, lifestyle, and workwear brands from around the world, the U.S. Military and allied militaries, and contract upholstery markets. For more information, please visit Polartec.com and follow Polartec on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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