Why choose fleece?

Because fleece has some of wool’s finest qualities but weighs a fraction of the weight of the lightest available woolens. It was created in 1979 by Malden Mills as a fabric that meant to mimic – and in some ways – surpasses wool.

Fleece means...

Fleece is made in 5 Steps:

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Making fleece fabric is a fascinating recycling process, a process, above all, that is also kind to our planet. The first stage of making fleece is the recycling of plastic bottles and turning them into yarn.

 

 

 

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This process involves shredding, cleaning, separating lids and labels from the plastic which results in obtaining clear shreds.

These are sent through rotating spirals heated at some 270º C, which turns the plastic into a big lump that is then pressed through a sieve to make thread.

 

 

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This coarse thread is then heated and produces a substance that looks like cotton wool. Machines will scrape it into a rough cloth from which yarn is spooled onto bobbins.

 

 

 

 

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Thousands of needles then pull the yarn into the centre of knitting machines that knit faster than the fastest grandmother can knit! These needles stitch the yarn into polyester fabric.

 

 

 

 

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It then gets washed and dyed but it’s still not fleece! In the napping process wire brushes at differing speeds run over the fabric until it is fuzzy and fleecy -and it also thickens. Also, this creates air pockets in the fleece that adds insulation but not weight. A blade shears the fibre to a uniform length to prevent pilling.

 

 

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Apart from being used in blankets, fleece is widely used in jackets, hats, sweaters and high performance outdoor clothing; it is also a vegan alternative to wool.

 

 

 

 

 

Our Fleece complies with the OEKO TEX® 100 Class 1 Standard

Oeko-Tex Standard 100

The OEKO TEX ®100 is an independent testing and certification system for textile raw materials at all stages of production. The requirement for certification of textile products according to the OEKO TEX® Standard 100 is that all components of an item have to comply with the required criteria without exception – that means in addition to the outer material also sewing threads, linings, prints, etc as well as non textile accessories such as buttons, zip fasteners, rivets, etc Product Class I covers textile items for babies and toddlers up to 3 years (clothing, bed linen etc.)

 

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