Low Microfiber Release Fabrics

A photo of the Low microfiber release fabric development design team

Sponsor: The North Face

Team Members: Sam Covington, Caleb Gellert, William Mullinix, Phillip Parker

Project Description: Many materials have the potential to release microfibers: apparel from natural and synthetic fabrics, home textiles like carpets and furniture, or even tires, among others. As part of our commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship, The North Face takes microfiber release seriously. The goal of this project is to create a fabric that meets the performance and comfort criteria of TNF’s top fleece programs (using recycled or virgin polyester) that releases the least amount of microfibers during wash cycles. The team will identify and analyze various yarn and fabric constructions for multiple fleece fabrics, which will include identifying testing strategies that are predictive of microfiber shedding.