Sustainable upholstery fabrics

Laine, Gaja, Bergo and Step melange are some of our most sustainable upholstery fabrics. All of them share the same sustainable quality and all have the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certification as the minimum requirement. Below you can read about the different sustainable upholstery fabrics, their qualities, certification properties and correct care.

Revi is made of 100% recycled material, especially making use of surplus plastic from the sea, lakes and beaches, such as plastic bottles. Revi is one of our most sustainable upholstery fabrics produced with the desire to create cleaner seas worldwide. The fabric is also produced by a manufacturer with a particularly green profile, which places great emphasis on sustainability in every aspect of the value chain. The fabric is durable with a soft tactility, a clear texture and the bouclé adds visual interest to the fabric. Like all our other fabrics, Revi is certified according to STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®.

Specifications

Material: 21% plastic from the sea / 79% recycled polyester

Martindale: 100,000

Light fastness: 5

Pilling: 4-5

Laine is an exclusive wool fabric consisting of 92% pure wool from New Zealand. The fabric has a vibrant appearance with a stylish melange effect. The fabric is also STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified and has been awarded the EU Ecolabel.

 

Specifications

Material: 92% wool/ 8% polyamide

Martindale: 95,000

Light fastness: 5-7

Pilling: 3-4

Gaja C2C is the first wool fabric certified with Cradle to Cradle Silver certification. A Cradle to Cradle certification ensures that all materials used for production can be recycled and do not harm the environment. Gaja C2C is made of New Zealand wool and manufactured without the use of any hazardous chemicals. The fabric is also certified according to STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® and has been awarded the EU Ecolabel. Gaja C2C is our most sustainable furniture fabric, where every single choice has been made with consideration for the environment and our surroundings.

 

Specifications

Material: 100% wool

Martindale: 50,000

Light fastness: 4-5

Pilling: 5-7

Step Melange features a vibrant and attractive interplay of colour with a luxurious melange effect. Step Melange is both STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®-certified and EU Ecolabelled, making it therefore a durable and beautiful furniture fabric. With a Martindale count of 100,000, the fabric is also suitable for both private and public use.

 

Specifications

Material: 100% polyester

Martindale: 100,000

Light fastness: 4-5

Pilling: 5-7

Bergo does something none of our other materials do. It's made from recycled polyester made of plastic bottles. No new raw materials are used in the production and the chemicals are completely harmless. Likewise, Bergo is free from heavy metals, has been awarded the EU Ecolabel and is STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certified.

 

Specifications

Material: 98% recycled polyester / 2% polyester

Martindale: 100,000

Light fastness: 6-7

Pilling: 5

Proper care depends on which sustainable furniture covering you want for your new furniture. For example, we have different care products for leather furniture, polyester and cotton fabrics. For each furniture covering, we always recommend that you impregnate and treat your furniture with a care product before you start using it. Visit the specific furniture covering for more information on proper care and maintenance.

 

 

Martindale, pilling and light fastness

Martindale, pilling and light fastness inform you about a fabric's durability. We use them to make it easy for you to see which is the right kind of furniture upholstery for you and your needs.

Martindale

measures the abrasion resistance of a fabric and ranges from 10,000-120,000, with 120,000 being the highest abrasion resistance. As a rule of thumb, the abrasion resistance for hard wear should be above 20,000, but in daily use an abrasion resistance of up to 10,000 is more than enough. The abrasion resistance of our selected upholstery fabrics ranges from 20,000 and up to 120,000 martindale. Substances with a martindale above 80,000 are suitable for using in public places, such as airports, lobbies and suchlike.

Pilling

is the term for the small balls of fabric that form on the surface of a fabric as a result of friction and which give the fabric a slightly furry appearance. There will always be some natural pilling at the beginning until the excess fibres have gone. Pilling is evaluated on a scale of 1-5, indicating the risk of pilling or loose fibres. 5 is best and our furniture upholsteries are always at least 3.
The fastest and cheapest way to remove pilling is by using a small electric razor designed for this purpose. A pilling comb is also effective and can help just as much as a razor.

Light fastness

describes a cover's ability to withstand sunlight. Nylon and cotton usually have a low light fastness, while wool, acrylic and polyester have a higher light fastness. The scale is a doubling scale, which ranges from 1-8, where 8 is highest and best. The higher the light fastness, the better the cover is at withstanding sunlight without losing colour. However, it is generally a good idea to keep furniture away from direct sunlight. Some covers will fade faster than others, indicated by the light fastness. We recommend that you don't choose a cover with a light fastness below 3. Synthetic fibres also have a higher light fastness than, for example, natural fibres.