Last year Polartec Eco-Engineering set a goal for sustainable textiles that included the creation of the
world’s first fully recycled and biodegradable fleece, other knits, insulation fills and breathable
waterproof fabrics. In a step closer to their ultimate goal Polartec will launch lightweight Power Air
at this year’s Winter ISPO.
Polartec, the premium provider of innovative and sustainable textile solutions launched Power Air in
2018, a fabric that uses a construction technique that enables it to shed at least five times fewer
microfibres than other premium fleece fabrics. In 2020 it will go one step further and use a
lightweight version that is made from one yarn, is fully recyclable and has a higher PCR content.
Plastic microfibres are migrating into our oceans, being consumed by plankton and travelling up the
food chain. Scientists still don’t know the full consequences of this on human health but it’s a
growing concern, so much so that in 2018 microbeads were banned from health products.
Polartec is addressing this problem on an ongoing basis. One of its projects has involved working
with Swedish outdoor brand Houdini, to bring the first product made with lightweight Power Air to
market in the Houdini Mono Air Houdi. Comprising 73% recycled plastic content, the fabric works by
encapsulating air-trapping fibres – think bubble wrap – that results in an end product that is warm,
comfortable and breathable yet sheds at least five times fewer microfibres when compared to other
premium, mid-layer fabrics. In addition to its PCR content, the 100% Polyester fabric is also fully
Houdini’s Mono Air Houdi is lightweight, warm and can be worn year-round. Named “Mono” because
of the fabric’s one-yarn construction, its low-friction surface makes it perfect for layering in the winter
whilst its breathability makes it a great go-to piece during a chilly summer evening. Houdini’s Mono Air
Houdi has been inspired by the fit of the iconic Houdini Power Houdi and features a stretchy slim
fit, snug high collar hood and extended sleeves with thumb loops.
Houdini will be launching the Mono Air Houdi at this year’s Winter ISPO and then to market on its
website immediately after the trade show.