Duvaltex launches its new Clean Impact Textiles featuring the industry’s first recycled biodegradable polyester for commercial interiors

Duvaltex launches its new Clean Impact Textiles featuring the industry’s first recycled biodegradable polyester for commercial interiors

June 12, 2019
Marcia González

Duvaltex is introducing its new Clean Impact Textiles at Neocon, Chicago, this week

Clean Impact Textiles from Duvaltex represent not only the first recycled biodegradable polyester textile for commercial interiors but is also a major step forward in establishing an advanced bi-circular economy model for textiles whereby polyester fabric, at the end of its useful life, can flow through either a biological or technical cycle.

This innovative technology allows Duvaltex to create high-performance fabrics that are long-wearing in commercial interiors but that can biodegrade in landfills and wastewater conditions at a rate similar to that of natural fibers (tested under ASTM D5511).  This is achieved through the addition of a bio-catalyst in the yarn extrusion process that enables anaerobic digestion in landfill and wastewater treatment conditions.

In addition, as these polyester fabrics were designed and manufactured for recyclability, as are many of the Duvaltex products, these fabrics can also flow through a technical cycle, to be recycled and used as raw materials for future generations of polyester fabrics.

This innovation for commercial fabrics addresses the daunting problem of how to deal with polyester fabric waste at the end of its useful life, offering both a biological and technical solution.  “Based on the alarming statistics regarding the amount of textile waste that ends up in landfills, these innovative fabrics represent eco-efficiency by design at its best, and a crucial step forward in reducing the negative impact of a linear economy,” commented Alain Duval, CEO of Duvaltex.

Duvaltex has been a leading manufacturer of sustainable textiles for more than 20 years, having made significant advances in its manufacturing practices and processes, as well as its product development with respect to sustainability. One of its ongoing sustainable initiatives over the years was how to implement viable solutions for managing textile waste.  “As new technologies and systems are being developed, there are now multiple options for dealing with polyester textile waste, with these innovative fabrics establishing a new model, capable of either a biological or technical cycle at the end of their useful life,” added Duval.

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