INNOVATOR PROFILE

3M THINSULATE FEATHERLESS

COMPANY INFORMATION

Founded: 1902

Headquarters: St. Paul, MN

Website: 3M™ Thinsulate™ Insulation

Phase: Production

COMPANY HISTORY

Since their founding as Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company in 1902, 3M (rebranded officially in 2002) has made scientific and technical innovations to launch more than 60,000 products used today in homes, hospitals, schools, and other industries. According to 3M, one third of their sales come from products invented within the past decade. The original Thinsulate™ Insulation was launched in 1979 and 3M continues to innovate in this space. In 2015, 3M™ Thinsulate™ Featherless Insulation was announced as a kinder alternative to feather down.  

MATERIAL

Down Alternative

3M™ Thinsulate™ Featherless Insulation is a loose-fill insulation made from 100% post-consumer plastic bottles. 

TECHNOLOGY

Production process: Mechanical/Chemical

The technology for using post-consumer plastic can vary somewhat, but in general, used PET bottles are recycled following standard procedures and requirements. The PET flakes are melted and spun into new fibers. These fibers are then used to produce insulation for outerwear, sportswear, and bedding.

SUSTAINABILITY

3M Thinsulate 100% Recycled Featherless Insulation has received several certifications for sustainability and recycling. According to the company, each parka with their filling contains approximately 17 recycled plastic bottles. 

SENSORY/TACTILE

3M Thinsulate Featherless Insulation mimics down when dry and is warmer than down when wet. 

Details available here:  Thinsulate Featherless Technical Data 

CURRENT APPLICATIONS

Outerwear, sportswear, accessories, and bedding.

Learn More

Contact MII at info@materialinnovation.org for more information on 3M Thinsulate Featherless.