High-performance insulation materials provider PrimaLoft will unveil new versions of its Black and Silver Insulation products made exclusively from post-consumer recycled (PCR) content at the OutDoor exhibition in Friedrichshafen, Germany (June 17-20).
The company has said the creation of PrimaLoft Silver Insulation – 100% PCR and PrimaLoft Black Insulation – 100% PCR is the result of intensive research.
It has explained that the challenge of creating a high-performance insulation made entirely from recycled material is complicated by the fact that the melting points of the PET bottles used to create the recycled fibres differ from those of virgin fibres. This made producing a stable insulation fibre which offered high performance very difficult.
To combat this problem, PrimaLoft has said it developed special recycling and production processes to create high-performance fibres that are finer and softer than cashmere and offer high bulk density and strong thermal performance. It added that nine PET bottles are necessary to create the insulation layer for one jacket.
German outdoor brand Vaude is one of the first brands that will use these new products. By summer 2019, it will convert all products currently equipped with PrimaLoft Silver and Black Insulation to the new 100% recycled versions.
Vaude’s head of apparel, Aaron Bittner, said: “One of our key goals is to reduce the use of fossil fuels in our products and create closed circuits. PrimaLoft provides us with innovative solutions on this path ‘away from the oil'. Thanks to our longstanding ingredient partner, we are delighted to be able to use high-performance insulation made from 100% recycled material for the first time."