HIGH POINT – Suppliers at the recent Interwoven textile show in High Point showcased numerous fabric ranges to support sustainability, creating opportunities for manufacturers and retailers to meet consumer demand for environmentally friendly products .
According to Sustainable Furniture Council 2021 Green Home Furnishings Consumer Survey, 97% of 7,000 respondents said they were interested in buying eco-friendly furniture, and four in 10 homeowners aged 30-60 surveyed said they were willing to pay up to 10% more for the latter. elements.
During Interwoven, showrooms such as Crypton, Regal Fabrics, Ultrasuede and Swavelle Group showcased ranges of fabrics that incorporate recycled materials, highlighting ongoing innovations in sustainable textiles.
Crypton launched the company’s first line of recycled fabrics in 2021, using natural fibers for performance textiles. Crypton Performance Cotton fabrics are made in the USA at Crypton’s Broad River mills using 50%-70% recycled cotton, reused in the apparel industry.
“Crypton has a decades-long sustainability initiative that is an integral part of our brand platform,” said Elise Gabrielson, Vice President of Marketing at Crypton. “Our brand is renowned for innovation, and each Crypton product is developed by our scientists to include inherent properties and processes that demonstrate our commitment to sustainable design.”
Kindred by Regal Fabrics
Kindred by Regal Fabrics offers a line that includes 50% natural fibers or 100% recycled materials. All of Kindred’s sustainable fabrics are available with an additional performance finish, and two of its 100% recycled fiber fabrics are stocked with its CZero Pureformance finish, a fluorocarbon-free stain repellent.
“At Regal Fabrics, we always do our best to choose sustainability wherever we can. With Kindred, we were able to start from scratch with a blank canvas so we could commit to sustainability every step of the way,” said Andy Kahan, Market Manager at Regal Fabrics. “Most important are our new value-driven performance body fabrics that are 100% post-consumer recycled polyester.
“Unlike fabrics with only partially recycled content, by being 100%, these fabrics offer the full story of sustainability and also come with completely fluorocarbon-free performance protection.”
Ultrasuede aims to continue to increase its durability percentage, which is currently 14% of the total fabric composition made from plant-based polyester fibers.
“Ideally, Toray (Ultrasuede’s parent company) will achieve its 100% plant-based goal before the end of this decade,” said Leslie Newby, CEO of WorkTheBrand, go-to agency for the Ultrasuede Interiors division. “Additional R&D is required to ensure Ultrasuede fabric meets performance standards for cleaning, durability and color fastness.
“While there may be more than one path on the path to progress, Toray believes future investments in renewable raw materials more fully align with its sustainability goals.”
The Swavelle Group serves retail fabric stores, resellers and wholesalers, furniture manufacturers, bedding and pillow manufacturers, the RV industry and hospitality design companies and takes action on sustainability across its five brands, as well as in its workplace. The five brands that Swavelle Group markets are Swavelle, TFA, Swavelle USA, Bella-Dura Home and Bella-Dura.
“The Swavelle Group is committed to protecting the environment by investing in sustainable business and manufacturing practices at our national facility as part of our corporate social responsibility,” said Barbara Rogers, Chief Marketing Officer, Swavelle Group. . “Bell-Dura is proudly made in the USA with the only fiber on the market, synthetic or natural, that begins as a by-product and ends its life as a fully recyclable product.”
The yarns used in the manufacture of Bella-Dura are solution dyed and reduce the use of water and chemicals compared to the traditional wet process. Rogers notes that this method also uses far less energy and produces no harmful industrial waste. Bella-Dura fabrics and yarns can be easily and safely recycled and used in a myriad of other products.
“Certified recycled yarns are used in the production of Swavelle USA fabrics,” Rogers told Furniture Today. “Post-industrial recycled cotton/polyester yarn is made from clothing waste and spun into usable fibers that are pre-sorted by color. No additional chemicals or dyes are used, resulting in reduced water consumption, energy use and environmental pollution.
Swavelle also participates in a fabric recycling program where textile waste is collected and recycled for other products to prevent the fabrics from ending up in landfills.
“We encourage our customers to return samples rather than throw them away so they can be reused or recycled as appropriate,” Rogers said. “Using emerging technologies allows us to control waste in the product development process by encouraging customers to use simulation in the color work phase rather than producing numerous samples. This not only conserves hardware resources, but also significantly reduces time to market and our carbon footprint. »
Additionally, Rogers mentioned that Swavelle Group has an internal team that is working on ways to refine corporate policies and initiatives that reflect sustainability and has a long-term goal of making its national plant fully sustainable. in seven years.
For more information on eco-responsible textiles, visit the International Textile Alliance website.