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Victor Ecoshield® FR Fabric Contains PCR Aramid Fiber

Quebec-based Victor Group Apparel and Specialties Division reports its Ecoshield® fire-resistant (FR) fabric for protective apparel is the first fabric to contain post-consumer recycled (PCR) aramid fabric waste and offers the same level of protection as virgin aramid fabrics. The eco-friendly fabric, which is included in Victor Group's Eco Intelligence® sustainable fabric collection, is produced within a closed-loop system that will help keep used clothing out of landfills.

The fabrics comply with Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) 155.20-2000 and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Hazard Risk Category (HRC) 2 standards. According to Victor, wear tests have shown that Ecoshield is more comfortable than virgin aramid fabrics. The denim-like fabric — which contains a blend of virgin and recycled aramid with modacrylic and a small amount of antistatic fiber — is suitable for protective workwear to be worn in hazardous environments.

Victor has established a collection system whereby it will collect worn aramid-based garments and reprocess the fabric into new fiber to make into yarn used to weave Ecoshield fabric to be cut and sewn into new protective workwear.

"There are many aspects of Ecoshield that make it an innovative product, but the key feature in my mind is being able to close the loop and maintain the level of protection that a virgin fabric provides," said Alain Duval, president and CEO, Victor Group. "Personal protection is the primary objective of the clothes. We are extremely proud to be able to offer a closed loop product that provides exceptional protection for both the consumer and the environment."

July 17, 2012