Polartec EcoEngineering, 25 years of Sustainability


Thursday 14th November 2019

11:40 - 12:00 CET

Expert Talk Area

Polartec has been since more than 25 years at the forefront of Innovation & Sustainability. It’s important to us that our products are durable and of a high quality. When it comes to sustainability, we are pioneers in producing fabrics made from recycled PET bottles. We made a Polartec fleece from recycled plastic for the first time back in the 90s. These days, 60% of the polyester we use is made from 100% PET bottles and a total of over 1.5 billion PET bottles have been turned into polyester yarns so far.

Polartec Power Air is the culmination of a multi-year development consisting of thousands of work hours and dozens of iterations, and is the latest product of Polartec Eco-engineering™. Eco-engineering is the process by which Polartec deploys recycled inputs, advanced production techniques, highly efficient logistics, and rigorous testing and certifications to create an unrivaled innovation pipeline devoted to producing sustainable fabrics with elite performance characteristics.

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About the orator

Mr Steve Layton

Polartec, LLC


About the orator

Steve Layton was named President of Polartec, LLC after the recent acquisition operated by Milliken & Company of the strong global brand known for its innovative and sustainable performance textiles solutions. Layton joined Milliken in 2012, most recently serving as vice president of sales and marketing for the respected Westex by Milliken flame resistant textiles business. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in managerial economics from Union College and a Master of Business Administration from Clemson University, where he served as an adjunct professor for six years.

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