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You are here: Home > Know Your Skin > Press Room > Press Release 3.18.10: NASA Recognizes Sun Protection Clothing Leader News Release 3/18/10

NASA Recognizes Sun Protection Clothing Leader 

(Fair Oaks, CA) ---Solar Protective Factory (SPF®) March 29, 2010

         The company responsible for launching the sun protective clothing industry twenty years ago         is being lauded in NASA’s 50th Anniversary publication, Spinoff.  Spinoff is an annual publication from NASA highlighting the past years significant achievements utilizing space program technologies in ways beneficial to the planet and its inhabitants.

Only a few of the elite group of companies who have made significant contributions to and from space technologies are featured in this Golden Anniversary issue of Spinoff.

         “In 1989 we discovered that many fabrics do not offer adequate protection from the sun’s ultraviolet rays when be began testing fabrics.  When we formed our company twenty years ago (in 1990) there were no standards for sun protective fabrics and apparel.   We worked with the FDA, FTC, CPSC, ASTM and AATCC for more than five years to develop our U.S. standards for sun protective apparel and fabrics.  The U.S. standards are the most stringent in the world yet there are many companies selling in the U.S. who only use Australian standards or who simply proclaim their products are ultraviolet protective,” said Terry Breese, President and co-founder of the Solar Protective Factory.

         “When NASA contacted us in the early nineties they requested the full range of our fabrics for their testing.  We didn’t initially know why NASA would be testing our fabrics at their White Sands New Mexico facilities.”

         Breese’ company was soon made aware that NASA was looking for the lightest weight fabric that blocked more than 99% of ultraviolet ray (A and B) and still be comfortably worn on a sunny day.  

“Fabrics and apparel products developed and produced by the Solar Protective Factory have dye lots tested and certified by an independent testing laboratory   We also follow U.S. governmental guidelines on truth in labeling and advertising by having full disclosure of our product contents and point of origin,” said Terry Breese President of the Solar Protective Factory.           The Solar Protective Factory is celebrating its 20th year in business this year.  A full line of certified UV protective apparel products and accessories are available at along with UV protective fabrics at .

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