November 2019

Performance Award

E245HCBF

Exhibitor: Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd.

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The award-winning 3-layer laminate is the perfect combination of top function and sustainability. The mono-material made of polyester not only consists of recycled components, but is also 100% recyclable. Not only the upper fabric and the backing are made of polyester, but also the high-performance membrane. With a water column of 20,000 mm and a breathability of 30,000 g/qm/24h, it meets the highest performance requirements. Thanks to the textured yarn made of 100% recycled polyester, the upper fabric can also be produced with a melange effect. Of course, the DWR is PFC-free. ...

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Eco Performance Award

Alpaca/Merino

Exhibitor: Schoeller GmbH & Co

 

This sustainable blend of organic merino (70%) and fine alpaca (30%) comes undyed in its natural wool and alpaca colours. The various colours of the jacquard are created by the animals’ natural wool colouring. This means that neither dyestuff nor chemicals are necessary for the production, and the product is recyclable and biodegradable, even in household compost. Thanks to its knitted and felted design, the softshell felt is suitable for a wide range of applications, being windproof and water-repellent to a large extent, and at the same time very warm. With Schoeller’s EXP wool treatment process the merino wool can be treated chlorine-free. 100% no mulesing wool, spun in Europe. ...

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May 2019

Beyond Conventional Function

The PERFORMANCE JURY selected fabrics from well over 1.100 manufacturer submissions; not only fabrics with an interesting look and feel with essential functions like climate regulation and weather protection for sports, but also products that provide the wearer of the garment with additional benefits and special comfort. These special fabrics represent the motto: "Beyond Conventional Function."

In May 2019 a special section is devoted to the most important of these special products, rather than highlighting just one of the fabrics in the context of an award.

Find out more about the products around the special topic "Beyond Conventional Function" here.

 


November 2018

Performance Award

DPQ1092DWR

Exhibitor: Green Threads Inc.

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The PERFORMANCE AWARD recognizes another pioneering development. Never before has there been such a fine, yet still tear resistant, highly functional fabric. The winner is article "DPQ 1092 DWR" from Green Threads and with only 17g/m² an absolute lightweight. Particularly fine nylon yarns are used (7d and 4d); a 4d yarn has never before been used in functional fabrics. This plus the extremely good tear resistance clinched it for the jury. Another plus for the winner: this lightweight fabric can achieve with just 17 g comparable performance values to a 50g fabric; thereby, not only is the weight significantly reduced, but also the amount of raw materials and energy consumed in production. Th ...

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Eco Performance Award

JYRNP0002 307

Exhibitor: Taiuan Int'l Co., Ltd. & Joujoufish Co., Ltd.

 

The jury is highly enthusiastic about the nomination of the ECO PERFORMANCE AWARD winner and described the award-winning fabric as the best ecological solution currently available on the market. This extraordinary laminate from Jou Jou Fish combines various sustainable technologies. Article "JYRNP0002 307" consists of 100% recycled nylon and is designed with a micro-porous membrane (functional performance 15K/10K) that is produced without solvents. This saves a lot of water, plus the fabric is made from pre-dyed fibres (solution-dyeing) and the DWR coating is applied using a dry-finish treatment. The only thing that could improve it: as the polyamide is currently produced from post-industria ...

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April 2018

Eco Performance Award

64497 - Seaqual

Exhibitor: A. Sampaio & Filhos Têxteis, S.A.

 

64497 Seaqual™ is the winner of April 2018’s ECO PERFORMANCE AWARD, as it combines high fabric standards with a completely new approach to sustainable, recycled fibres. A. Sampaio, the innovative knitter from Portugal, has developed the award-winning fabric construction. The highly sustainable fabric is extremely functional, prepared for sports or athleisure. The fine organic cotton provides a natural look and a modern approach. It is very comfortable and its interesting weight makes it suitable for various applications. The fabric is very sustainable as the polyester comes from recycled PES certified by Seaqual™, developed together with the filament spinner Antex. Both are exhibitors ...

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November 2017

Eco Performance Award

8852/M

Exhibitor: Pontetorto Spa

 

Pontetorto Item 8852 M, aptly named "Biopile", is the winner of the ECO PERFORMANCE AWARD, since it is, in all probability, the very first fleece pile that does not release microplastics. This makes it a more sustainable solution for rivers, lakes, and oceans. The brushed inner side of the fabric is 100% Tencel from Lenzing and is not made of polyester (like other fleece products). Tencel is a biodegradable fibre – even in salt water! Consequently, if the tiniest of fleece particles separate when washed, they decompose in less than a year without any residue or risk to any living creatures. The fabric, which is currently offered in three grades, is the latest highlight from the Pontetorto ...

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April 2017

Eco Performance Award

GM1754--GM Reversible Active Lightweight Doubleknit

Exhibitor: Global Merino

 

What a great approach to the production as well as for the end-of-life of the fabric – a real win-win contribution for protecting the environment and conserving resources! The California company Global Merino wins this season’s ECO PERFORMANCE AWARD. The winning fabric “GM 1754” is made from 64% polyester and 36& merino, and despite its being a blend, is categorized as biodegradable. Special polyester used in the fabric makes this possible. In addition to being made from recycled PET, it decomposes much faster than conventional polyester. The fibres are tested under the standards of ASTM D5511 for “Anaerobic Biodegradation of Plastic Materials” (decomposition in the absenc ...

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November 2016

Performance Award

TWINS

Exhibitor: Imbotex Srl

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The Italian company Imbotex is well known for its high quality insulations. The latest generation is called "TWINS" and does not merely hold the warmth, it applies intelligent technology to create heat on demand. This is made possible by the two "faces" of the twin design. The patented, bonded fleece material consists of a lining made from a blend of polyacrylic and polyester that transports moisture quickly away from the skin. On the outside, hydrophobic polypropylene rapidly releases the moisture into the environment. The water vapor formed at the level of "insensible perspiration" is quickly transported to the outside and the body stays dry. During this process, the kinetic energy ...

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Eco Performance Award

8831/EARTH

Exhibitor: Pontetorto Spa

 

Engineered hybrids, that is, hybrid solutions that combine multiple zones and fibers in one fabric length are the future of functional clothing. Through such hybrid engineering, sports styles are given the added value of such useful features as thermal retention, climate management, durability, lighter weight, and elasticity; and, all of these at the exact position where it is desirable to have the function. Another advantage of this fabric design is the elimination of irritating seams, which means increased comfort for the wearer. Nevertheless, to manufacture these hybrids requires much experience with jacquard production. The new fabric "ECO HYBRID" introduced by fleece specialist ...

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April 2016

Eco Performance Award

GPE8030P2R

Exhibitor: Toyota Tsusho Corp.

 

This new development from Toyota Tsusho keeps up with the new market trends of an eco-friendly production, global tracebility and non-harmful materials, but will not affect conventional needs such as wearer comfort, high performance and sophisticated appearance. Challenge: PFC free water repellent 3-Layer construction without wasting polyester. Solution achieved: Toyota Tsusho created a C-0 (PFC free) DWR treatment. The hot melt lamination as well as the backing are made from recycled polyester. This product keeps all performances: durable waterrepellency (80/20), excellent waterproofness (20K mm) and superb moisturepermeability (24K g/m2). „ Made in Japan“ -- FT30d ...

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November 2015

Performance Award

SOFLEX®

Exhibitor: YKK EUROPE Ltd. Germany Branch

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A zipper, especially the front zipper, is really at the heart of functional outerwear. It must always close reliably in all kinds of weather and be easy to operate. It must be sturdy and lightweight at the same time and, it must never show signs of frequent use. Therefore it is not surprising that sport clothing manufacturers set high standards for zippers and use only quality products. YKK is a company known for the development of high-tech zippers and has been named the winner of this season’s PERFORMANCE AWARD for the innovative development of the “SOFLEX” Zipper. This is the first zipper that can be completely stretched with all components. SOFLEX can be stretched up to 10% in leng ...

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Eco Performance Award

FLGS-SJ-14

Exhibitor: Flocus BV

 

The natural fibre kapok itself is not new to the textile industry but, as processed by the company Flocus, it is sensational. Kapok is rightly classified as a plant down and its fibres are derived from the fruit of the kapok tree. Composed of cellulose, xylan, and lignin, it is already quite special because of its natural structure. The unique kapok fibres are the lightest of the world’s natural hollow fibres. However, because of a fine wax-like coating, the kapok fibres are not easily spun. Despite this, Flocus has succeeded in producing yards made with and from kapok. This opens up new possibilities: in the future, kapok may be used not only as a cushioning material of insulation, but ma ...

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