The OutDoor trade show in Friedrichshafen, Germany, kicked off over the weekend with the annual OutDoor Industry Awards ceremony held on the shores of Lake Constance. And among the winners was Green Threads of Osaka, Japan, which took home a Materials Innovation Award for its RT66 Recycled Type-66 stretch nylon shell fabric.
RT66 is the first commercially available recycled type-66 stretch nylon, offering superb abrasion resistance for three layer shell fabric, said Green Threads. Thanks to crimped yarn construction by false twisting technology, the fabric offers excellent stretchability as well as very high breathability. The recycled backer is produced with solution dye technology that is a waterless process and achieves much higher color fastness than conventionally dyed fabrics, said the company. It is offered in a PFC-free package including monolithic hydrophilic waterproof breathable membrane, providing high performance and sustainability at the same time.
“We feel that this recycled mechanical stretch fabric has a great blend of highly desirable attributes and is highly sustainable,” said the OutDoor Industry Award jurors. “It is lightweight, breathable and fast drying. Additionally, it is 100% PFC free and dyed without using any water.”