Andover, Mass.-based Polartec®, a Milliken & Company brand, recently announced it has eliminated the use of per- and polyfluroalkyl substances (PFAS) in durable water repellent (DWR) treatments used for its line of performance fabrics including Hardface®, Power Shield®, Power Shield Pro, NeoShell® and Windbloc®. The change is part of Polartec’s EcoEngineering™ initiative, and the company reports the new non-PFAS treatment imparts zero loss of durability or water repellency when compared to PFAS treatments. Polartec also will be used on fleece and insulation treatments for improved moisture-management properties on products such as Thermal Pro® and Alpha®.
“Trial results have exceeded even our expectations,” said Mike Rose, Polartec vice president 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.”