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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.
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Crypton’s Green Line: Demand for Eco-Friendly Upholstery Fabric

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. 

Fabric mills have diversified their offerings, presenting multiple styles, colors, and patterns that align with environmentally friendly standards. This evolution has transformed green upholstery from a niche market into a robust product line, driven by increasing demand from companies embracing sustainable practices.

While green fabrics’ cost remains higher than their non-green counterparts, many businesses consider this a worthwhile investment, aligning with their commitment to environmental responsibility. This shift is particularly notable in sectors with stringent requirements, such as healthcare, education, hospitality, and recreation. These environments demand durability and practicality and have a growing interest in sustainable options.

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. The introduction of Crypton’s© green line is a testament to the industry’s ability to innovate and adapt, providing solutions that meet both the functional demands and the environmental considerations of modern-day upholstery needs. This is a significant step towards sustainable fabric production, where functionality, aesthetics, and ecological responsibility coexist harmoniously.

Interested in taking your project green?  Just ask your design consultant to show you what’s available to fit your needs and your budget.

Topics: Fabric/Upholstered Furniture for Contract

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