Upholstery from recycled marine waste

Tessutica, the Belgium-based subsidiary of Beaulieu International Group (BIG), recently announced a new product line in upholstery, ‘Greencare’ fabrics. The fabric is created from pellets that come from marine plastic waste and can themselves be 100% recycled into pellets again.

“Greencare is our new collection with 100% recycled and recyclable upholstery fabrics,” says Mr Karl Henderson, General Manager of Tessutica, “It is certified under the Global Recycle Standard (GRS) label.”

The company has engineered these fabrics with recycled yarns from regular post-consumer PET bottles from the oceans, landfills and upcycled cotton from garments.

BIG is a global specialist in raw chemical materials (polymers), semi-finished engineered products (yarns, fibres, technical textiles and technical sheets) and a leader in a broad range of floor coverings for the residential and commercial markets (vinyl rolls, vinyl planks, laminate, parquet, carpet, needle felt, artificial grass and mats) as well as upholstery fabrics.

For the production of the Greencare fabrics, Tessutica partnered with the Seaqual project, which brings plastic waste back into the manufacturing chain in its Seaqual-licensed mills.

One of the major benefits of using recycled polyester yarns is that the production does not require the usage of new petroleum, which significantly reduces the carbon footprint. It also creates 75% less CO₂ emission compared to virgin polyester.

With growing demands for sustainability within the business world as well as from end-consumers, Tessutica felt it was the right choice to offer a product line that comes with a full guarantee of environmental consciousness and sustainability.

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