Our Practices

Low Impact prides itself on developing the most advanced yarns, fabrics and garments available in the textile world today. Each innovation brings new benefits and differentiation to your products. 

Decades of experience have allowed us to develop unique textile innovation with valued partners from the top fiber, yarn, fabric and garment producers around the world. Together, we follow BCSI standard procedures and audits to ensure ethical and sustainable production. 

We focus on specializing in product elevation, quality, integrity, timelines and exceptional service. 

The Research

All of our technologies have undergone rigorous testing in both our internal labs and 3rd party institutions. 

We follow International testing methods as well as develop our own, so we can guarantee the benefits and functions of each technical fiber technology we developed.

To learn more or view our test reports, please get in touch. 

Some of Our Test Methods

Infrared Imaging

The infrared pictures above clearly display the technology absorbing more energy and helping to distribute heat more evening. This allows the wearer to experience a feeling of thermal regulation and ultimate comfort. 

QMAX Value

QMax value is used to assess the surface warm / cool sensations of a garment fabric and indicates the instantaneous thermal feeling sensed when there is initial contact of the material with the skin surface. Simulating initial touch when shopping or when donning the fabric in wear, the QMax value largely depends on the contact area between skin and fabric surface. Thus, the surface characteristic of a material is important to sensations on how warm or cool a fabric feels to an individual. A higher value of qmax denotes that there is more rapid movement of heat from the body to the fabric surface resulting in a cooler feeling fabric.

AntiBacterial Testing

Antibacterial performance depends on its ability to inhibit the growth of bacteria.  Our fibers are embedded into fabrics and textiles and are tested for efficacy by challenging them with various bacterial strains.  Swatches of the treated test articles are compared to the untreated ones and are qualitatively assessed for antibacterial activity using various AATCC, ISO and GB-T methods and  then evaluated. This is done by inoculating the swatches with organisms, incubating them, and shaking them in a neutralizing solution.  A calculation of the reduction of the bacterial population is then made.

UPF Testing

A UPF rating shows how effective fabrics are at blocking out the sun’s rays and reducing a person’s UVR exposure. UPF ratings of 50+ provide the best possible protection against potentially harmful ultraviolet radiation. We use third party facilities to test our products using industry standard AATCC, ISO and GB-T test methods. 

Biodegradable & Compostable Fibers

Our products made from bioplastics are designed to be composted in municipal and industrial aerobic composting facilities. The tests we conduct are required to determine that our AdTerra products will compost satisfactorily, including biodegrading at a rate comparable to known compostable materials. 

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Low Impact LLC

3356 Loma Vista Road, Ventura CA 93003

P: 805.676.0063