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MUNICH – In direct response to growing concerns about textile microfibre pollution – especially from polyester fleece fabrics – Polartec has today unveiled a new knitted fabric designed to reduce fibre shedding here at the on-going Performance Days show in Germany.

“By using the efficiency of encapsulated air to shelter lofted fibres, Polartec Power Air will drastically improve how fabrics perform over their lifetime with respect to versatility, comfort and sustainability,” says Gary Smith, Polartec CEO. “We’re only beginning to realise the potential for this new type of fabric construction.”

The company says the new fabric sheds at least 5x less microfibres than modern synthetic fleece fabrics and says it has developed a ‘testing standard’ in order to measure the rate of fibre loss.

The first hoody made from this fabric is already available from Adidas, with Houdini and Mammut set to release their own apparel in the coming months.

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