March 15, 2021

Polartec Announces 'The Science of Sustainable Fabric' Panel Discussion

Global digital event convening thought leaders March 23, 2021 at 9am PDT / 12pm EDT / 5pm CET

(Andover, Mass.) - March 15, 2021 - Polartec, the premium creator of innovative and sustainable textile solutions, announces an upcoming event convening thought leaders for a spirited discussion of the science of sustainable fabrics. The conversation will cover where we are, and where we are going with regard to circularity, recycled plastics, biodegradability, and the testing and measurement of sustainability.

The event will begin with a brief introductory presentation from Polartec President Steve Layton, updating attendees on Polartec efforts, and introducing the event’s participants, which include some of the company’s key collaborators in its work to innovate performance fabrics based on sustainable science.

"Sustainable science is the driving force behind the Polartec brand. We’re constantly in touch with these experts to ensure that we’re moving in the right direction, and I think in the spirit of transparency, it’s important to share these conversations,” says Layton. "It takes a true collaboration of ideas to find the best path forward.”

Following these brief introductory remarks, Royal College of Art lecturer, journalist and performance textile sustainability expert Charles Ross will moderate a discussion with the following leaders:

● Steve Layton, Polartec President

● Jeff Strahan, Ph.D., Milliken and Company Director of Research, Compliance, and Sustainability

● Dr. Morton Barlaz, North Carolina State University Professor and Head of the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

● Eva Karlsson, Houdini Sportswear CEO

● Bruno De Wilde, Organic Waste Systems (OWS) Laboratory Manager

"I am really looking forward to this discussion. Being surrounded by people who know more than me is always a learning experience," says Ross. "Right now everything is being greenwashed as 'sustainable' - this is a chance for the science to be discussed by an informed panel. What we know is that the solution is not obvious..."

Please register here for the two-hour live conversation, scheduled for March 23, 2021 at 9am PDT / 12pm EDT / 5pm CET.

About Polartec®

Polartec® is the premium provider of innovative and sustainable textile solutions. Since inventing the modern technical fleece in 1981, then called PolarFleece, the engineers at Polartec® continue to advance the science of fabric, creating fabric technologies that solve problems and improve the way products are designed and used. Polartec® products range from lightweight wicking and cooling fabrics, to insulation and weather protection textiles, and are utilized by leading consumer brands, the U.S. Military and other global militaries, flame resistance, workwear, and contract upholstery markets. For more information, please visit and follow Polartec on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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