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For most people, the word fleece is perceived as a separate material. But this will not be right. We at Tufte will try to clarify that. Fleece is a collective term for many different fabrics with a furry fabric surface, and can be made far more sustainably than using polyester.

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For many years, the polyester fleece jumper has been a popular garment, and most people have one lying around at home or in the cabin. The "fleece jumper" has become a term of its own, and this synthetic jumper that most of us think of is cheap, practical, warm, light and soft. But to extract polyester, a chemical mixture of two petroleum fibers is used which is melted into a thick syrup, before this hardens and is spun into thread. This is not particularly environmentally friendly, and the process releases a lot of substances that pollute nature.


Environmental damage
Synthetic oil-based fiber
Microplastics during washing and use, which end up in nature and the sea
If ignited, the material will melt on the body and cause extensive burns
Loses its insulating effect when wet
Smells quickly when used

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Sometimes bottles and other plastics are recycled and turned into thread, which in turn becomes clothing and fleece material. This is better than conventional polyester, and manufacturers say that for every meter of recycled polyester material, 8 plastic bottles are kept out of landfill. It is good! But since the material is made from plastic, it still sprinkles microplastics during use and especially when washing in the washing machine. This plastic ends up in nature and contributes to a constant accumulation of plastic in the sea. Certain sources estimate an annual discharge of approx. 600 tonnes of microplastics in the sea via the washing of synthetic textiles in Norway alone. And some items of clothing, polyester fleece included, can emit as many as 1,900 different plastic fibers when washed.

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don't worry, you can still use fleece! As I said, fleece means "garment with a shaggy fabric surface" and can thus also be made from environmentally friendly materials, e.g. wool or organic cotton - both of which are far better alternatives for nature! We at Tufte make our own wool fleece from 100% super fine merino wool, completely free of plastic and synthetic fibres. We call the garments Falcon. These wool-based garments have the qualities many like about polyester fleece, plus many more - but none of the negatives!

Hope this made you a little wiser and gives you inspiration to wear garments that are good for both you and nature. We at Tufte can at least promise you that we will never make fleece from polyester, so you can be sure that a fleece jacket from us is always environmentally friendly and kind to the planet and the future.