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Below you will find our answers on the most frequently asked questions on Alsiflex.

What is Alsiflex?

  • 1. What are the benefits of this new fabric?

    There are a number of benefits this fabric brings to both the purchaser and the wearer

    • Using a blend of sustainable, renewable and recycled fibres, we have created a fabric which offers performance and durability whilst contributing to the conservation of our land and society.
    • With a minimum of 25% weft (horizontal) stretch, the fabric will bend, flex and move with your body ensuring that your uniform does not become hindrance to your mobility.
    • Using advanced innovations in stretch fibres, our unique stretch fabric is suitable for industrial laundry due to the patented fibre technology used.  The fibre is highly durable and capable of withstanding the high heat used within multiple industrial laundry wash and drying conditions.
    • The filament weft yarn structure reduces the amount of fibre shed (when compared to a standard staple yarn) during washing, therefore reducing the amount of microfibres which find their way back into our water systems, impacting the health of our natural world.
    • The nature of the composition offers a fabric which is quicker drying than our standard polyester/cotton blend fabric.  This helps minimise the energy usage with shorter drying times.
    • Our choice of yarns allows for a smooth and softer handle right out the packet, ensuring that you are comfortable from the word go!
  • 2. What is the composition of the fabric?

    For the 265 and 210 gsm
    79% Recycled and Renewable Polyester / 21% Cotton.
    With our new smoother yarn technology the fabric feels lighter and softer than our standard polyester/cotton blends with the same high industrial performance standards.

    For the 150 gsm
    68% Recycled & Renewable Polyester / 32% Cotton.


  • 3. How stretchy is the fabric?

    With a minimum of 25% weft (horizontal) stretch, this fabric offers unique and a highly visible amount of stretch, yet retains the durability of a standard polyester/coton.  With the stretch applied along the width of the fabric, the flexibility is increased when worn, giving fantastic shape retention and ensures that your uniform will stay looking as professional as the day you first wore it.

Performance & Benefits

  • 4. How is Alsiflex different to available fabrics which contain other types of stretch fibre?

    Our patented stretch yarn technology matches existing products on the market in heat performance.  It can be industrial washed at 85°C and tunnel dried, not losing any of the outstanding stretch performance.  However, the weft stretch performance is greater, at a minimum of 25% and has a much quicker shape recovery when compared to other products, therefore a much better shape retention performance.
    Other products have a similar function but can only be washed at lower 60 deg temperatures.  Elastane and Lycra stretch fibres are not durable to industrial launder conditions.

  • 5. What is the stretch technology used?

    It is a patented yarn technology that utilises the fibre construction at a molecular level to give a permanent stretch extension and recovery.

  • 6. How long will the stretch last, will it wash out?

    The stretch properties are permanent.  Extensive testing, repeat industrial washing and our own wearer trials have proven that our fabric is suitable for industrial laundry and will have the same stretch and shape retention performance throughout the lifetime of the garment.

  • 7. Has the fabric/products been tested through industrial laundries?

    Yes, they have been trialled through several UK laundries and meet the high standards required.  Test reports are available if required for further information.  We have recently rolled out our new cargo trousers to a large UK company where they are in use for maintenance, drivers and general workers with high praise from the wearers.

  • 8. What are the wash and drying recommendations for this fabric?

    Washcare instructions will vary dependent on the product type and styling, however we ensure all our Alsiflex based products are suitable for industrial laundry up to 85°C.

  • 9. Can I wash and dry this fabric the same as a conventional polyester/cotton blend?

    Yes, it is no different to conventional polyester/cotton blends.  
    The fabric blend is designed to be highly durable and capable of withstanding high heat as used in industrial washing and drying processes.

  • 10. Due to polyester, is the static build up likely to be increased and attract more dust?

    The fabric blend has been engineered to contain natural fibres which naturally is neutral to the presence of negative and positive ions found in dry atmospheres.  The cotton presence will prevent static build up.  We also advise, as the fabric is quick drying there is no longer the need for long drying times (which directly contributes to static build up for all fibre types not just polyester).  Therefore, having the added benefit that it is more economical in the amount of energy needed to dry the garments.

  • 11. Will you sweat more due to the polyester content?

    No, the fabric composition maintains a natural fibre presence using cotton which helps to manage moisture.  Additionally, the stretch yarn technology used has an inherent wicking property and the fabric is quicker drying.  Therefore, the small increase in the overall polyester content is offset compared to a standard 65% polyester 35% cotton workwear fabric.

Protecting our planet

  • 12. How does Alsiflex impact our environment?

    Alsiflex is manufactured using a blend of recycled polyester and sustainable cotton and as such the impact on our environment is reduced. Alsiflex emits 2/3 less CO² than other comparable workwear fabrics.  The majority of the carbon reduction caculated comes from the change of raw materials used.  There is also some carbon reduction in the amount of energy consumed during the dyeing and finishing processes, as lower temperatures are used.

  • 13. Are the recycled and sustainable elements fully certified?

    Alsico has full traceable and verified certifications for all the sustainable, renewable and recycled fibres used which includes Oeko-tex and GRS certificates.

  • 14. How is the recycled polyester made?

    Our recycled polyester is manufactured using pre and post-consumer waste including plastic bottles, reducing the amount of non-perishable waste taken to landfills.  This plastic waste is melted down and converted into chips which are then extruded into new durable polyester yarns.  The circular nature of this recycling method means that we can start to contribute to the reduce of petroleum manufacture across the globe.


Have we answered all your questions?

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