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Polartec Rids Performance Fabrics of Potentially Harmful PFAs

Polartec, a Milliken & Company brand and creator of innovative and sustainable textile solutions, on Tuesday announces the elimination of PFAS (per- and polyfluoralkyl substances) in its DWR (durable water repellent) treatments across its line of performance fabrics.

This non-PFAS treatment, which Polartec said offers zero loss of durability or water repellency, is the latest in the brand’s EcoEngineering initiative.

“Achieving non-PFAS treatments within our product line is an important milestone in our commitment to sustainably made performance fabrics,” Polartec president Steve Layton said. “It’s the latest step on our journey to an even more sustainable Polartec.”

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), PFAs are persistent in the environment and in the human body, meaning they don’t break down and they can accumulate over time. The EPA said there is evidence that exposure to PFAS can lead to adverse human health effects. The most consistent findings from human epidemiology studies are increased cholesterol levels among exposed populations, with more limited findings related to infant birth weights and effects on the immune system.

As part of its sustainability efforts, Polartec prioritized performance and longevity as it worked to eliminate PFAS in its DWR treatments. This new weather protection fabric treatment will be used in Hardface, Power Shield, Power Shield Pro, NeoShell and Windbloc products. The technology will also extend to fleece and insulation treatments for greater moisture management on products such as Thermal Pro and Alpha.

“Trial results have exceeded even our expectations,” said Mike Rose, Polartec vcie president of product development. “There is no loss of performance from a water repellency or durability standpoint.”

Over the company’s 30-year history, Polartec has established itself an innovator of performance fabrics engineered for all conditions. The brand’s dedication to environmentally sustainable products continues to push the market forward, from pioneering converting post-consumer plastic into performance fabrics and using recycled content across categories to innovating products with non-PFAS DWR treatments.

Polartec products with non-PFAS DWR treatments are available now for purchase.