What is PUL?
PUL is a type of laminated fabric. PUL stands for Polyurethane Laminate. It can be pronouced either P-U-L or "pull".
Eco-Friendly PUL fabric by Eco-PUL™
PUL fabric by Eco-PUL™ starts with lightweight polyester interlock (knit) fabric. The polyester interlock is paired with TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane), a thin stretchy plastic film. These two components are bonded together into a single fabric using a combination of heat, pressure, and adhesive.
In the past, solvent-based adhesives were used to produce PUL fabric. However, the volatile organic compounds in the adhesive were not so good for the environment.
PUL fabric by Eco-PUL™ is made with a "green" adhesive that is solvent-free, environmentally friendly, and releases no volatile organics. Some people have called this newer type of PUL "TPU."
You may see laminated cotton woven or knit fabrics available on the market - we do not sell or recommend cotton PUL, as it is difficult to achieve a truly waterproof finished product.
Benefits of PUL
The most important characteristic of Eco-PUL™ is that it forms a waterproof barrier, while still being breathable. In this context, breathable does not mean that you can hold the fabric over your face and breathe through it. It means that the fabric releases heat and water vapor. This keeps the wearer comfortable. The dot pattern you see on the laminate side of our PUL allows for optimal vapor transmission. Eco-PUL™ is also stretchy for a close fit. Our PUL fabric has a soft hand, making it quiet not crackly.
Eco-PUL™ fabric is washable in hot water in commercial or home laundry; it can be autoclaved, and dry cleaned. It resists abrasion, is UV stable (is not affected by sunlight), fire retardant, and anti-microbial.
Uses for PUL
Use PUL fabric anywhere you need a waterproof, fluid proof, breathable moisture barrier. Here are some examples.
PUL is easy to sew--just follow these tips!
Fun with PUL
Eco-PUL™ is a fantatic modern fabric that has allowed families to save money (and the enviroment) by washing and re-using many types of household items. Plus, it comes in a wide range of colors and prints, upgrading utility goods like diapers into fashion statements.
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