Polartec’s Power Shield and Power Stretch Pro are now using Biolon* plant-based nylon fiber and membrane.

Biolon is a renewable, non-GMO plant-based nylon with a 50% lower carbon footprint than virgin Nylon 6,6, the standard against which other nylons are measured. Biolon nylon properties are also closer to Nylon 6,6 than many recycled nylon alternatives currently on the market. In other words, Biolon makes the best better in terms of performance and improved sustainability. Its plant-based inputs account for almost half (45-48%) of the nylon content in the fibers and membranes in new Polartec Power Shield and Power Stretch Pro fabrics. The innovation is another step towards Milliken & Company brand Polartec’s sustainability goal of increasing recycled and bio-inputs throughout its range, reducing the brand’s reliance on fossil fuels and reducing the carbon foot print.

Biolon plant-based nylon used in the Polartec Power Shield has a minimum water resistance rating of 20K mm (ISO 811) and a minimum breathability rating of 20K g/m2/24 hours (JIS L1099, B1). This fall’s new Power Shield fabrics will feature Biolon nylon inputs in both the membrane and fabric components.

Polartec Power Stretch Pro is a dual surface fabric comprising a highly durable nylon exterior and a soft, comfortable polyester interior that is breathable and features 4-way stretch performance. Polartec’s newest fabric release successfully replaces half of fossil fuel based nylon content with Biolon plant-based nylon. The use of Biolon plant-based nylon results in a 50% lower carbon footprint vs. virgin nylon, while preserving all that is loved about this iconic fabric.

Ramesh Kesh, Senior Vice President – Government & Defense and Polartec at Milliken & Company said:

“For a long time, many thought that sustainable options meant a loss in performance. Polartec has proved that this is not the case. Challenging a technology already considered to be at the pinnacle of performance was a big ask, yet the team at Polartec rose to that challenge and we believe we have created a new standard in sustainability for performance fabrics.” *

*©2023 Polartec, LLC. Polartec® is a registered trademark of MMI-IPCO, LLC. Biolon™ is a trademark of Milliken & Company.

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