Functional Fabric Fair USA - OCT 22-23, 2019 -  OREGON CONVENTION CENTER | PORTLAND OR, USA
OCT. 27-28

Materials Story

Circular Polyester Materials

Aligned with this season’s Focus Topic: Nothing to Waste - Closing the Loop

The transition towards a circular textile industry will require fundamental changes in the way products are designed and used, business is conducted and progress is measured at the corporate level.

What does it mean?

“A circular textiles economy describes an industrial system which produces neither waste nor pollution by redesigning fibres to circulate at a high quality within the production and consumption system for as long as possible and/or feeding them back into the bio- or technosphere to restore natural capital or providing secondary resources at the end of use.“

There is the understanding, that, the circular economy works best with mono-component materials per one garment (100% made from one material), which can be recycled completely. Products that are not compostable need to return their raw materials.

It is fantastic to see how textile manufacturers have comitted to sustainable monocomponent material developments to the market in the recent years.

Let’s talk Polyester

Polyester is currently the easiest fabric to develop a circular product with. For example: consider the winter jacket. Almost 100% of a jacket can be put together using polyester. 

Building a Jacket out of Polyester

Section Viability
Shellfabric
Possible
Membrane
Possible
Backing or Lining
Possible
Insulation
Possible
Trims
Possible
Zips
Possible (without metal slider/ends)
DWR
C0 or biobased
Packaging
Possible

Quite a few brands have already achieved 100% mono component polyester products that are fully recyclable and circular including Adidas with Parley, Napapijri & Houdini.

The following Functional Fabric Fair exhibitors offer fabrics that are engineered entirely out of Polyester, biobased or recycled Polyester.

GLOWTEX INNOVATION
US1589AA

Baselayer knit, 3D backside
100% Polyester Bamboo Charcoal
140g

The polyester fabric is made out of bamboo charcoal.
It has natural wicking, UV 50+ and odor absorbant properties.

Odor Management, Quick Dry, 
UV Protection 50+



37.5 / COCONA LABS
D216532A (New Wide)

Baselayer knit
100% 37.5® Polyester
165g

The 37.5 Technology acts like a thermostat by removing moisture when you’re hot and retaining warmth when you’re cold. 37.5 patented active particles are derived from natural sources; these microporous particles trap human infrared light.

Odor Management, Printable, Quick Dry,
Thermoregulation, Mono Component

ASAHI KASEI ADVANCE CORPORATION
ESD0121S2

Baselayer knit
54% Polyester, recycl., 34% Bio-based
Polyester
223g

This fabric is made out of polyester, recycled polyester and PTT fiber which is bio-based yarn. You can feel a soft touch and nice stretch even though there is no spandex. This fabric can be used for fitness tights, underwear and so on.

Printable, Stretch,
UV Protection 50+
Recycled

SPRUCE INTERNATIONAL
2

Single Brushed Fleece and Single Napped Polar Fleece
100% Polyester, recycl.
280g

Single Brushed Fleece and Single Napped Polar Fleece with nice handfeel.
Stock item, MOQ/ 1000yds.

Odor Management, Quick Dry,
Stretch, Bluesign, Recycled



 

POLARTEC
Polartec® Alpha®, Style 4411RC

Insulation
100% Polyester
119g

This patented, adaptive quality is made possible through Alpha’s lofted fibers connected to a solid mesh core. Since Polartec® Alpha® is inherently hydrophobic, it resists all moisture and dries incredibly fast.

Quick Dry, Thermoregulation,
Bluesign, Recycled

AGT INTERNATIONAL
00KS8353

Midlayer Interlock check double knit
100% Polyester
240g

Heather two-tone appearance. No microplastic during washing helps to save the oceans. Replace traditional fleece and avoide microfiber shedding by construction. Wicking treatment.

Quick Dry, Printable,
Thermoregulation, UV +50
 

AMATERRACE INC
N8737/JL3013-3L

3Layer (20k/20)
Face: 100% Polyester, Back: 100% Polyester
125g

Very durable 3Layer WPB for reusable surgical gown Level III.  Mechanical Stretch. PU membrane (20k/20k) DWR + Cire.30d tricot backer

Safety & Durability



 

ASAHI KASEI ADVANCE CORPORATION
ESD0127S2

2.5 Layer
100% Polyester, recycle.
257g

This fabric is knitted by a special construction machine. So, as you can see, the face is low gauge and the back side is high gauge. The 2.5 Layer construction can be used for midlayer or outer layer.

Stretch, UV Protection 50
Waterproof & Breathable,
Windproof, Fluorocarbon Free Repellent
Recycled, Mono Component

FLYING TEX
BP-RCHCR170PN0

2Layer (20k/15k)
45% BIOPET, 55% Polyester, recycle.
136g

Derived from PET water bottles. Re-purposing post-consumer waste. Reduces dependence on petroleum with bio-sourced components. Continuous recyclability without loss of quality. High performance lamination. PFOA free DWR.

High Abrasion, Printable, Stretch
UV Protection 50+,
Waterproof & Breathable,
Windproof, Bluesign,
Fluorocarbon Free Repellent, Recycle
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IBQ FABRICS
GLADIATOR

Outer Layer
100% Polyester
270g

Monocomponent fabrics are the cornerstone of circular design. This 100% PES ripstop offers versatile, strong and durable characteristics.

High Abrasion, Reflective / High Visibility,
Safety & Durability, Bluesign
Fluorocarbon Free Repellent
Mono Component



 

Stream Closing the Loop - The exciting challenge to develop circular winter apparel

Join Alexa Dehmel, Design Expert and Principal, Active Sports Design, virtually, for an inspirational presentation on using Biodegradable materials, Circular Polyester and Circular Nylon in the design of more circular winter apparel.

A Special thank you to Alexa Dehmel, Material Stories Curator, for providing the stories, imagery and incredible insight into our industry.

Alexa Dehmel
Active Sports Design & Consulting


Alexa Dehmel has over 30 years of broad and deep expertise in the fashion industry and a high level of professional competence. She maintains an extensive network of leading experts as well as personal connections to relevant cooperation partners and supporters, which she contributes profitably to her customers and the industry. Her work in various roles in the fashion, textile and sportswear industry with a focus on design and collection development, in teaching, as an independent entrepreneur and as a recognized contributor to the industry, makes her a valued contact. After her visionary start-up project, BARTENSTEIN Academy had to close due to the 2020 situation, she is now offering her market experience and service for new projects via her agency again.