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Dimension-Polyant Introduces Sustainable X-Pac Fabrics

As part of its commitment to carbon neutrality, Dimension-Polyant, a manufacturer of X-Pac waterproof laminates developed for packs and bags, has created a cleenTEC seal to help identify and guarantee that X-Pac fabrics have been made with recycled, bio-based or responsibly sourced materials, and by responsible manufacturing processes and production facilities that are climate neutral.

Working with ClimatePartner, Dimension-Polyant calculates the total environmental impact of each cleenTEC fabric, and funds initiatives that rid the oceans of plastic and invest in sustainable wind power developments to offset its carbon footprint.

“We wanted to create a seal that would help brands better identify and understand our responsibly sourced, carbon-neutral fabrics, that we are more than just a supplier of another recycled fabric,” said Kenneth Madsen, president of Dimension-Polyant.

Dimension-Polyant’s portfolio of cleenTEC certified fabrics includes its VX21, which is now 100 percent carbon neutral, along with its new RX and X11 fabrics that it will present at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market taking place in Denver June 9 to 11.

X-Pac RX is a collection of mono-polymer fabrics made with a 100 percent post-consumer recycled polyester face fabric and X-PLY reinforcement. The recycled polyester fiber is made from discarded PET bottles sourced in the U.S. A lighter-weight polyester film backing provides a sleek, technical appearance.

For a more natural aesthetic, Dimension-Polyant recently developed X-Pac X11, which is made with all organic cotton duck face fabric, black recycled polyester X-PLY reinforcement and shiny polyester film backing.

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X-Pac’s strongest, most durable laminate, UVX40, is now made with bio-based Dyneema fibers. All of the company’s X-PLY fiber reinforcement is now made with domestically sourced, post-consumer recycled polyester.

“Many of our brand partners have expressed how much they appreciate all that goes into responsibly sourcing our raw materials to reduce our carbon footprint and take an industry lead in developing climate-neutral fabrics,” said Taylor North, head of technical fabrics at Dimension-Polyant. “The fact our RX line is sourced completely on the East Coast of the USA is another aspect our customers understand and appreciate. We are proud to have attained ClimatePartner’s ‘cradle-to-customer plus end-of-life’ certificate for our cleenTEC seal fabrics, which we believe are the first and only climate-neutral laminate made for packs.”

Dimension-Polyant is one of the world’s largest sailcloth producers. Its production facilities are located in Putnam, Conn., and Kempen, Germany. Dimension-Polyant is owned by Sioen Industries, Belgium.