Freudenberg Launches Sustainable, Low-Level BPA Thermal Insulation Products

WEINHEIM, Germany — October 26, 2023 — Freudenberg Performance Materials Apparel (Freudenberg), a provider of innovative technical solutions in the apparel industry, is pleased to launch two advanced thermal insulation products made from low-level Bisphenol A (BPA) recycled PET fibers (rPET) into the global range of comfortemp®, Freudenberg’s thermal insulation brand. The introduction of DOWN FEEL WA 150LB and FIBERBALL WB 400LB underscores Freudenberg’s commitment to innovation and sustainability.

Freudenberg´s comfortemp® DOWN FEEL WA Series© Freudenberg Performance Materials

The additions of DOWN FEEL WA 150LB and FIBERBALL WB 400LB to the comfortemp® global range serve as high-quality and ecologically-minded alternatives to down, enhancing the comfort and sustainability of your garments. DOWN FEEL WA 150LB is an extremely-lightweight, loose fiber thermal insulation with a super-light loft, while FIBERBALL WB 400LB uses clusters of extra-fine fibers to offer optimal breathability, maximum comfort, and minimal clumping after washing and drying.

GRS-certified and OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 Class I certifications

Both products are crafted using Freudenberg’s advanced technology, utilizing 100% GRS-certified rPET fibers, customizable to your desired fill levels. Additionally, these new products not only comply with but significantly surpass the stringent OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 Class I certifications (the strictest requirements, suitable for babies). While OEKO-TEX® categorizes low-level BPA as less than 100 parts per million (ppm), these new products contain less than 1 ppm BPA, a testament to Freudenberg’s unyielding standards.

Freudenberg´s comfortemp® FIBERBALL WB Series© Freudenberg Performance Materials

“Our commitment to customers and sustainability aligns with market expectations for safer, responsible products while maintaining quality and performance,” said Merry Chen, Head of Global R&D and Product Compliance, Freudenberg Performance Materials Apparel. “The DOWN FEEL WA 150LB and FIBERBALL WB 400LB products exemplify this commitment, providing innovative thermal insulation that prioritizes performance and customer well-being as we grow our House of Sustainability.”

House of Sustainability The House of Sustainability (HoS) is Freudenberg Apparel’s initiative to support customers in creating a more sustainable apparel industry. With over 500 innovative solutions, the HoS offers a comprehensive range of applications to shape a sustainable future. The DOWN FEEL WA 150LB and FIBERBALL WB 400LB products bring the latest innovations from the HoS to customers and deliver responsible products in every manufacturing season.

Another Highlight in the European product line: HO 80xR

In addition to DOWN FEEL WA 150LB and FIBERBALL WB 400LB, Freudenberg has also added HO 80xR into its comfortemp® European range and HoS in this manufacturing season. This new thermal insulation is made of recycled polyamide 6 from plastic waste, including fishing nets, carpet flooring, and industrial plastic. With 70% recycled polyamide fibers, this thermal insulation makes garments’ life sustainable. Designed to be recycled and reused over and over again, it embodies our environmental commitment and circular design principles.

DOWN FEEL WA 150LB and FIBERBALL WB 400LB are available globally and more low-level BPA thermal insulation options are available in Asia. HO 80xR is available in Europe.

Posted: October 26, 2023

Source: Freudenberg Performance Materials Holding SE & Co. KG