CSI Awards Supplier of the Year, Agua Fabrics, is thrilled to introduce VerdEco, its first sustainable fabric. VerdEco is available in 35 shades with a rich mix of melange colours. Not only is VerdEco truly sustainable, but it’s also made from 100 per cent recycled material and uses zero water in its production.
This is an important step forward for Agua Fabrics as a business, and the first of a few different sustainable fabric ranges that it plans to launch this year. Sustainability is a hot topic in the design and interior sectors – a trend that’s only set to intensify. Agua Fabrics is committed to ensuring that it’s taking meaningful steps to offer clients fabrics that not only perform well but also meet today’s rapidly changing CSR and sustainability requirements.
This collection is produced from pre-consumer textile waste; by-product materials from fibre, yarn and woven fabric. These waste products are collected and mechanically recycled into polyester granules. These are then re-spun into yarn, re-woven, quality checked and finished by Agua Fabrics. Crucially, the production process uses zero water, with new yarn colours being carefully composed from recycled fibre and checked for consistency by the mill.
As a water-free fabric, VerdEco is of course chemical-free too. It also uses significantly less energy in its production than conventional upholstery fabric. On average, 250 litres of water is saved when upholstering a three-seat sofa in VerdEco. This figure represents the normal average quantity of water consumed by upholstery fabric used to cover a standard three-seater. At scale, the water and energy savings available by choosing VerdEco are significant for furniture manufacturers and specifiers.
In terms of its performance features, VerdEco is crib 5 and IMO inherent, with no back-coating needed to achieve these fire retardant standards. However, in a commitment to keeping the collection truly sustainable, Agua Fabrics has not treated the fabric as they do most of their other soft fabric ranges. Therefore, it’s worth keeping in mind that VerdEco isn’t fully waterproof, stain-resistant or antimicrobial, unlike the core Agua Fabrics collection.
About Agua Fabrics
Agua Fabrics is a four-generation family business, specialising in technical soft fabrics and faux leathers that balance form with function. All our fabrics are highly durable, fire retardant, waterproof, stain-resistant and anti-microbial.
We create market-leading contract fabrics for each and every sector; from healthcare to hospitality and from workplace to cruise. We offer both soft fabrics and faux leathers, always with a focus on pairing form with function.
Our soft fabrics also feature a new state-of-the-art protective technology, AguaGuard 365, which has been tested and certified effective against COVID-19. Agua Fabrics has been family owned and run for four generations. As a result, there’s nothing we don’t know about upholstery fabrics and nothing we won’t do to support our clients.
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