What is PUL Fabric?
What is PUL fabric?
PUL Fabric is a type of laminated fabric. PUL stands for Polyurethane Laminate. It can be pronouced either P-U-L or "pull". Our PUL Fabric is waterproof, so it is ideal for the outside of cloth diapers and diaper covers. Plus, the special type of PUL fabric we stock is breathable, so baby stays cool and comfy. All of the PUL fabric at Diaper Sewing Supplies is the Eco-PUL™ brand - a high-quality, made in USA PUL fabric. Read on to learn why PUL fabric by Eco-PUL™ is a smart choice for the environment and your baby.
Eco-Friendly PUL fabric by Eco-PUL™
PUL fabric by Eco-PUL™ starts with lightweight polyester interlock (knit) fabric. The polyester fabric 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 (VOCs) in the adhesive were not good for the environment, or for the workers making the fabric.
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."
Eco-PUL™ is made in the USA. 73% polyester 27% polyurethane. 153 gsm.
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 Fabric by Eco-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 - never stiff or crackly.
Eco-PUL™ fabric is washable in hot water in commercial or home laundry. It resists abrasion, is fire retardant, and anti-microbial. For more care instructions, click here.
Uses for PUL Fabric
Use PUL fabric anywhere you need a waterproof, fluid proof, breathable moisture barrier. Here are some examples.
Sewing PUL Fabric
PUL is easy to sew--just follow these tips!
Food Safe PUL Fabric
PUL fabric by Eco-PUL™ is food safe under the GRAS program and CPSIA compliant. See certifications. Eco-PUL™ is vegan (no animal products).
Fun with PUL
Eco-PUL™ is a fantastic 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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