Germany’s Freudenberg launches low-level BPA thermal insulation items

October 30, 2023 - Germany

Freudenberg Performance Materials Apparel (Freudenberg), a leading provider of innovative technical solutions in the apparel industry, has launched two advanced thermal insulation products made from low-level Bisphenol A (BPA) recycled PET fibers (rPET) into the global range of comfortemp, Freudenberg’s thermal insulation brand. The introduction of Down Feel WA 150LB and Fiberball WB 400LB underscores Freudenberg’s commitment to innovation and sustainability.

The additions of Down Feel WA 150LB and Fiberball WB 400LB to the comfortemp global range serve as high-quality and ecologically-minded alternatives to down, enhancing the comfort and sustainability of your garments Down Feel WA 150LB is an extremely-lightweight, loose fibre thermal insulation with a super-light loft, while Fiberball WB 400LB uses clusters of extra-fine fibres to offer optimal breathability, maximum comfort, and minimal clumping after washing and drying.

Both products are crafted using Freudenberg’s advanced technology, utilising 100 per cent GRS-certified rPET fibres, customisable to your desired fill levels. Additionally, these new products not only comply with but significantly surpass the stringent Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Class I certifications (the strictest requirements, suitable for babies). While Oeko-Tex categorises low-level BPA as less than 100 parts per million (ppm), these new products contain less than 1 ppm BPA, a testament to Freudenberg’s unyielding standards.

“Our commitment to customers and sustainability aligns with market expectations for safer, responsible products while maintaining quality and performance,” said Merry Chen, head of global R&D and product compliance, Freudenberg Performance Materials Apparel. “The Down Feel WA 150LB and Fiberball WB 400LB products exemplify this commitment, providing innovative thermal insulation that prioritises performance and customer well-being as we grow our House of Sustainability.”

The House of Sustainability (HoS) is Freudenberg Apparel’s initiative to support customers in creating a more sustainable apparel industry. With over 500 innovative solutions, the HoS offers a comprehensive range of applications to shape a sustainable future. The Down Feel WA 150LB and Fiberball WB 400LB products bring the latest innovations from the HoS to customers and deliver responsible products in every manufacturing season, the company said in a press release.

In addition to Down Feel WA 150LB and Fiberball WB 400LB, Freudenberg has also added HO 80xR into its comfortemp European range and HoS in this manufacturing season. This new thermal insulation is made of recycled polyamide 6 from plastic waste, including fishing nets, carpet flooring, and industrial plastic. With 70 per cent recycled polyamide fibres, this thermal insulation makes garments’ life sustainable. Designed to be recycled and reused over and over again, it embodies our environmental commitment and circular design principles.