Contract Upholstery Goes Green.
Seeing the trends in consumer products like groceries and clothing, fabric mills have begun to offer a growing selection of “green” upholstery products.
Green upholstery has taken on a variety of definitions depending on fiber content and methods of processing. In general, upholstery fabrics are considered green if they fall into one of the following three categories:
- ORGANIC. Organic products are made form at least 70% raw materials, such as organic cotton or linen, that have been grown without chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
- RENEWABLE. Renewable products are made from at least 25% renewable materials such as bamboo, sorona, ingeo, soy, capiz shells or wood that comes from certified, well-managed forests.
- RECYCLED. Recycled products contain a mix of at least 25% previously used materials such as cotton, glass and polyester made from soda bottles.
Green upholstery has become an increasingly viable product line for many fabric mills which has led to a greater variety of available styles, colors and patterns that fit the “green” label. Once a sleepy category, demand for green upholstery has grown as more end-user companies adopt environmentally conscious buying policies. The price tag for green fabrics is still higher than non-green equivalents but many environmentally conscious companies find the costs justifiable.
For demanding health care, education, hospitality and recreation environments, fabric finisher Crypton© has introduced a green line that offers Crypton’s© trademark fluid-resistant, stain-resistant, anti-microbial, and anti-fungal performance using green manufacturing standards.
Interested in taking your project green? Just ask your design consultant to show you what’s available to fit your needs and your budget.