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Brief History Of Fleece Jackets

27 Feb

Throughout the ages, humans have developed many different kinds of clothing  to keep heated. The use of woolens – usually shorn from sheep – goes back to some of the earliest cultures. The natural fiber did however have weaknesses. Wool does not really keep you heated when it is wet. Actually, woolens tends to process the water and can take a while to dry. Also it can turn out to be big and heavy  as you need to put on several layers in order to provide necessary insulating in freezing cold weather.

Before the 1980’s, wrapping up and preparing for cold meant wearing layers of heavy fabric  that restricted movement and performed poorly when wet. But almost 30 years ago a company called Malden Mills invented Polar Fleece, which forever changed the way the world dresses for winters  and has certainly caught on. All age groups and generations use fleeces and enjoy the warm cozy feel of the fabric. From grandparents enduring the outdoors to kids fleeces becoming uniform, Fleece jackets have now become a practical and fashion item of clothing. Even other uses have been found for fleece fabric such as underclothing for astronauts, lining for outfits and even ear warmers for winter born calves.

The development of fleece is also an important and ingenious modern solution as we need to be more environment friendly. The fleece is based on reprocessed PET polyester, a type of plastic that is used to make packaging materials for some of our most common products such as containers and bottles. In the UK alone, we throw away approximately 13 billion plastic containers per year and the plastic can take up to 400 years to decompose in dumpsites. In an aim to become more eco-friendly, even transport giant Stagecoach has adopted fleece jackets for its operators across the UK. The new eco-friendly outfits created from plastic bottles will be given to all motorists across the UK and as a consequence some 350,000 plastic bottles will be saved from dumpsites.

Modern day fleece is made of 100% polyester, much of which is from plastic recycled materials like bottles and cans. Unlike wool fleece, polyester fleece doesn’t process water, break down in appearance, or absorbs smells. Actually, fleece protects when wet and provides twice the insulating material properties fleece and four times that of cotton. Also, present day fleece is soft to the touch, extremely light-weight, and dries quickly. fleece is very durable and can last for decades. Hence why kids fleeces have become ideal for uniform and leisure use.

As there are well over 100 kinds of fleece the customer needs to pay special attention that they really are getting the top quality end. Unattractive piling or ‘bobbles’ can be avoided by not purchasing fleece jackets of low quality but make sure you invest in a top quality material. Outdoor clothing stores can offer advice on which brands and kinds of children and adults fleeces and which overcoats are best to protect from cold, wet and windy.

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Fleece Slanket

10 Oct

How often have you observed the frustrating reaction, “There’s nothing I really need”. A well intentionally  asked  from mother, father or elders on the topic of a Christmas  or birthday present often gets this sort of response. While kids really like Christmas and they expect presents for everything, but for elder people it is often entirely the opposite.

Many older family members will easily tell you they have everything they need and there’s nothing they want. The regular situation raises its unpleasant head, what can you get for a present then? Maybe you feel you will have to select from the old favorites of bath time treats, a useless decoration, sweets or heaven prohibit footwear and hankies.

Don’t lose hope there is one present that is not only welcome but is a very realistic remedy to elder people present problem for the periods when they really need to keep comfortable and heated. That remedy is the Slanket cover.

This fun Fleece cover has the brilliant advantage of having lightweight sleeves designed in. While a normal cover will keep the individual heated, the moment they need to arrive at for a drink, TV remote or anything demanding hand use and movements etc. the benefit of comfort on the upper body part is missing. With the Slanket that just doesn’t happen because the individual preserves full protection plans of the upper body parts by falling their arms into the lightweight sleeves. This results in the free arms for complete movements. Think about dressed in your night suit .

And the Slanket isn’t only for the elders, any age from kids upwards will really like this cover. It is absolutely easy for those periods you want relax on the sofa viewing TV, readings and especially when feeling ill and requiring to keep comfortable and heated.