Getting the year off to a flying start, Edmund Bell showcased its comprehensive range of fabrics at the brands 12th Heimtextil exhibition in Frankfurt, previewing not one, but four brand new fabrics made from recycled materials…
Edmund Bell joined the global textile industry at Heimtextil earlier this year with its full range of fabrics and accessories for the commercial, institutional and domestic interiors markets including its comprehensive range of flame retardant decorative blackout, dimout, sheer, woven, upholstery and print fabric. Placed in centre stage were the recycled fabric ranges that have become a core part of the company ethos.
“The impact that our business and our products have on the environment is extremely important to us and we are committed to working towards a sustainable future,” said Fiona Napier, Sales Director, Edmund Bell. “Part of that includes producing fabrics that are made using recycled materials, and also working alongside various associations and commitments to continue to improve our sustainability initiatives across the entire business.”
RESET is the first blackout fabric made from recycled materials by Edmund Bell and is also an industry first! Welcoming new materials into the world and infusing the dimensions of texture and structure, RESET represents that soft tactile wool look. Offering timeless appeal, it is sure to work effortlessly in any contract environment. With a super soft handle, the face fabric is made from 100 per cent recycled polyester (57 per cent overall recycled after coating).
Laid back and casual, DUO is a smart double-sided strié effect dimout made from 32 per cent recycled inherent FR polyester and 68 per cent inherent FR polyester. Lucky to be characterised by a texture on both sides; expect the unexpected with the use of elegant, recycled yarns creating a very stylish two-tone simplicity.
Humans use around 1.2 million plastic bottles per minute and only 56 per cent are recycled. LINK and SWAY are made using inherent FR recycled polyester REPREVE yarns – the world’s leading brand of recycled performance fibre. REPREVE high-quality fibres are made from 100 per cent recycled materials, including post-consumer plastic bottles and pre-consumer waste. Using recycled instead of virgin polyester produces fewer carbon emissions and gives plastic bottles a second life, keeping them out of oceans and landfills.
LINK, with its sculptured grid like structure and a super modernist architectural look, is made using 31 per cent recycled Repreve yarns (made from recycled plastic bottles) and so truly fulfils a sustainable message meeting all our strict testing protocols as well as being 100 per cent FR. Extra usable width at 320cm is a bonus as well.
SWAY, with its natural linen look and fluid movement, has exceptional drape quality and is woven with a super slub profile yarn, capturing a very timeless atmospheric character. It is made from 100 per cent recycled FR yarns, so purposeful in today’s sustainable world.
“After a three-year wait, we were eager to be back at Heimtextil and extremely excited to showcase the new products and services we’ve been working on for the last three years, including four new recycled fabric options,” said Adam Wilde, Group Head of Marketing. “For 2023, we refreshed the look of the stand to make it feel more open and included a striking recycled and sustainable installation at the front showing the new recycled ranges.”
The recycled fabrics are however part of a bigger picture. As well as The Climate Pledge, Edmund Bell is excited to have partnered with Ecologi – an environmental company with a platform for real climate action. Ecologi facilitate the funding of carbon offset projects and tree planting in locations such as Madagascar, Mozambique, Kenya and more locations around the world. Planting trees is one of the best tools we have in removing carbon pollution from our atmosphere, helping to tackle the climate crisis. For this reason, Edmund Bell pledged to plant a tree for every business card received in a specially designed box (made from recycled cardboard) at Heimtextil as part of its journey towards becoming carbon neutral by 2040.
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