Polartec is the premium provider of innovative and sustainable textile solutions, creating fabric technologies for a broad range of applications – from extreme sports to Casual Tech.
In 1993, Polartec invented the first knit fabric made from recycled plastic bottles. It wasn’t easy, or even profitable, but it did prove a concept. This one exercise would forever change how the company manufactures fabric. Sustainability as both a means and an end. A methodology we call Polartec® EcoEngineering™. It is a continuous innovation process of new ways to reduce the impact and increase the sustainability of what me make. A 'whole system approach' that combines production methods, recycled inputs, and distribution efficiencies. From factory lighting to water treatment, from protein-based fibers to repurposed raw materials, Polartec® EcoEngineering™ seeks to find new sources and better ways to make performance fabric. For over 25 years we’ve pioneered recycled technologies that push the boundaries of fabric science. Today, we offer more than 200 fabrics styles and 6 million yards of sustainably-made fabrics a year. In 2019 we launched Polartec® Power Air™, the first fabric technology engineered to reduce fiber shedding. By encapsulating lofted fibers within a multilayer, continuous yarn fabric construction, this revolutionary new platform offers advanced thermal efficiency that is proven to shed five times less than other premium ‘midlayer’ fabrics. As the first fabric construction to encase air with a continuous yarn, Polartec® Power Air is a foundational technology platform that will eventually provide shedding reduction to all existing apparel.
But that’s not enough. Soon, we will achieve biodegradability across our entire product line. An audacious goal, but the kind of solution you’d expect from the world’s leader of innovative textile solutions.