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Our partnering suppliers are leading forces in their industry and pioneers when it comes to new technologies that result in more quality and durability while at the same time reduce environmental impact.
Polartec is the premium producer of innovative textile solutions. Since inventing modern synthetic fleece in 1981, the engineers at Polartec have continued to push the limits of fabric technology. Today, Polartec supplies the world with the most advanced fabric innovations. Polartec products range from advanced lightweight wicking fabric, to insulation and weather protection textiles and are utilized by leading apparel brands, the U.S. military and other global militaries, flame resistance, work wear, and contract upholstery markets.
Gore is a uniquely creative, technology-driven Enterprise focused on discovery and product innovation. Gore has served a variety of global markets for more than 50 years and has thrived by providing its customers with high-value products that enhance the quality of life. Associates take great pride in being part of a strong global Enterprise and in the broad contributions we make to society.
Primaloft was originally developed to serve the needs of the U.S. Army, who desired a water resistant, synthetic alternative to goose down. Today, PrimaLoft, Inc. is recognized globally as the proven leader and constant pioneer of innovative comfort solutions.
The YKK Group is trusted worldwide for their impeccable production standards and thorough quality control processes for slide fasteners, hook and loop fasteners, webbing tapes and plastic hardware.
Polartec, Gore, Primaloft and YKK are all STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified textile manufacturers. The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® is a worldwide consistent, independent testing and certification system for raw, semi-finished, and finished textile products at all processing levels, as well as accessory materials used. Examples of articles that can be certified: raw and dyed/finished yarns, woven and knitted fabrics, accessories, such as buttons, zip fasteners, sewing threads or labels, ready-made articles of various types (garments of all types, domestic and household textiles, bed linen, terry products and much more).
Learn more about STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® here.
Polartec and Gore are bluesign® certified textile manufacturers. The bluesign® system is the solution for a sustainable textile production. It eliminates harmful substances right from the beginning of the manufacturing process and sets and controls standards for an environmentally friendly and safe production. This not only ensures that the final textile product meets very stringent consumer safety requirements worldwide but also provides confidence to the consumer to acquire a sustainable product.
Learn more about bluesign® here.
SAC and The Higg Index
Like 66°North, Gore, Primaloft and YKK are all members of Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) along with global brands, retailers and manufacturers, as well as government, non-profit environmental organizations, and academic institutions representing over one-third of the global apparel and footwear industry. All members of the coalition are collectively committed to improve supply chain sustainability in the apparel and footwear industries.
To improve our sustainability performances, we use The Higg Index, an indicator-based tool provided by SAC, that allows us to measure, evaluate and improve our sustainability performances.
Learn more about SAC and The Higg Index here.