A textile that comes from transforming ocean waste is now being offered for office screens and panels through a partnership between contract textile company Duvaltex and office furniture producer Steelcase. Called Intersection, the Ocean Waste Clean Impact Textiles are made with post-consumer recycled polyester that include Seaqual Yarn made from plastic ocean waste. Seaqual works with fishermen, NGOs and other stakeholders to collect ocean waste that is then categorized, separated and cleaned. The plastics are processed and upcycled into polymer for yarn, which is then transformed into the textiles.
Intersection is the first Ocean Waste Clean Impact Textiles product to be launched, and is the result of a Duvaltex/Steelcase collaboration. Along with its positive environmental impact, Intersection offers a three-dimensional visual texture through its crisscross woven pattern and subtle pucker. It is available in 17 colors. “When Duvaltex came to us, they had this incredibly beautiful fabric that not only met all of our technical needs as it relates to application and screen design, but also had this incredibly important environmental story,” said Kari Miller, product manager for global surface materials at Steelcase.
“Our aim with Clean Impact Textiles is to reduce the environmental impact of textile manufacturing as much as possible,” said Alain Duval, CEO of Duvaltex, “by innovating the way the products are sourced, manufactured and disposed of at the end of their useful life. Duvaltex has honed extensive expertise to become a leading manufacturer of sustainable textiles for over 20 years.”
Source: Home Textiles Today