Polar Fleece fabric is the perfect choice if you're looking for something durable, soft and ecologically friendly. Because it can be made in endless colors and imprinted with countless designs, Polar Fleece fabric is the perfect choice for the tiniest teddy-bear lover or the biggest sports fanatic.
It started as a fabric for outdoor clothing in severe weather conditions, Polar Fleece is now made into everything from hats and mittens to jackets and blankets. Because of the way it's constructed, it won’t pill and form little balls on the fabric the way other synthetics will. Since it won’t fray or unravel, Polar Fleece fabrics are the perfect choice for crafting with the whole family.
Polar Fleece fabric has two-sided pile, meaning the fabric is the same on both sides. It is very strong, holds warmth and dries quickly, which is why it was originally used by outdoor enthusiasts instead of wool. The structure of the pile surface of the Polar Fleece makes air pockets to keep the wearer warmer than wool and other fabrics. Its light weight and extra warmth made it a good choice for winter camping and backpacking. It has also been used as ear warmers for newborn calves and even as underwear for astronauts.
Making Polar Fleece Fabric
Polar Fleece fabric is actually a polyester that is made by reacting two different petroleum derivatives at very high temperatures to form a polymer. This polymer cools to thick syrup that is then forced through tiny holes in a metal disc called a spinneret. As this polymer touches the air, it cools and hardens into long strings. Once the strings are woven into yarns, it is knitted into cloth. This cloth is then run through a machine called a napper, where bristles raise the surface of the fabric.
A shearing machine then cuts the fibers and gives it the soft texture that we recognize as Polar Fleece. Sometimes chemicals such as Teflon are added for additional waterproofing.
Polar Fleece was first manufactured in Massachusetts at Malden Mills under the trade name PolarTec. Malden Mills still manufactures most of the polyester Polar Fleece that is on the market today. An outdoor company called Patagonia made the first Polar Fleece jackets that soon became popular with those who climbed mountains and those who just climbed into their cars.
The chemical name of polymer in Polar Fleece fabric is polyethylene terephthalate, or PET. If this compound isn’t made into Polar Fleece fibers, it can be made into plastic bottles that are used for water or soda. In turn, many Polar Fleece fabrics are made of recycled PET bottles. Clear bottles can be used to make any color Polar Fleece, but fabric made from green PET bottles must be dyed a dark color. It is estimated that for every meter of Polar Fleece fabric that is manufactured, eight bottles are kept out of the landfills. Patagonia says that every Polar Fleece jacket they make uses the equivalent of 25 plastic bottles.
A Guide to the Coziest, Warmest Winter Night’s Sleep
When the cold weather officially arrives, it can be tempting to turn up your thermostat and crank up the heat. Yet, if you’re looking for a way to save money on your energy bills while staying toasty, changing up your bedding is a great option!
Here’s a EverybodyWantsThat collection of bedding which will give you the coziest, warmest, best night’s sleep.