3M will be showcasing its latest innovations in textiles featuring recycled contents, including 3M Thinsulate Flowable Featherless Insulation and 3M Thinsulate Xerogel Insulation, at Performance Days, which will take place from March 15 at Messe München. 3M Thinsulate will exhibit alongside 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material at booth G07 in Hall A1.
“3M Thinsulate brand provides a range of recycled content options that are certified by the Bluesign System, Oeko-Tex, and The Global Recycled Standard. We are well-positioned to help outerwear brands meet the growing demands of socially conscious consumers who also expect style, quality and performance,” said Melissa Blakely, 3M Thinsulate global portfolio director. “3M continuously innovates Thinsulate products that not only deliver performance in terms of warmth and durability, but also adapt to a variety of outerwear manufacturing applications for design versatility.”
3M featured its 3M Thinsulate 100 per cent Recycled Featherless Insulation at a temporary 3M Climate Innovation Centre during Climate Week NYC last fall.
The latest variation of this product, 3M Thinsulate Flowable Featherless Insulation, is a lightweight, high-loft synthetic insulation ideal for use in puffy garments as a down alternative. Comprising at least 80 per cent recycled content, it is specially designed to be flowable for easy application to apparel using a variety of filling machines and easily shaped to fill garments’ unique quilting channels. It also offers a high wash durability, meaning it can maintain its thermal performance even after laundering.
3M Thinsulate Xerogel Insulation fuses 60 per cent post-consumer recycled material with xerogel, an ultralight solid that’s notable for its ability to retain warmth even when compressed. Designed primarily for boots and gloves, it is proven to be 20 times more breathable and almost twice as warm as legacy 3M Thinsulate Insulation products designed for footwear. The product also offers ease of application at the mill level due to its low dusting, flexibility, and minimal breakage, the company said in a press release.
“3Mers around the world are collaborating and applying their extensive knowledge of science coupled with our manufacturing capabilities to produce solutions for the most pressing climate challenges. Science offers hope for a brighter future, and we are making investments to help achieve it,” said 3M executive vice-president, chief technology officer and environmental responsibility, John Banovetz.