Sustainable fabrics: the protagonists of our sustainable story
The Green Street Fabrics team is driven by dedication, awareness and a sustainable mindset. Not only do we have an unparalleled passion for weaving, we also love and value the environment. That’s why we make ecological choices, in everything we do, in every single phase of the production process. The result? We create high-end, exclusive sustainable fabrics that are built to last and made with honest, recycled materials.
Our sustainable working method
Sustainability is a key feature within our design philosophy. We strive to craft products that are not only beautiful and comfortable, but also ethically and environmentally responsible. Every upholstery, deco, curtain, rug fabric is manufactured with respect for people and respect for nature. We keep on innovating our production process daily and we use three types of ecological yarns for our sustainable fabrics: recycled polyester (rPET), ecolan (upcycled polypropylene) and regenerated cotton.
Recycled polyester, also known as rPET, is obtained by recycling post-consumer plastic bottles. The plastic bottles are cleaned and molten down, after which they are stretched into a fine, soft and ecological thread.
Did you know that this sofa’s fabric was made of 220 recycled PET bottles? By choosing our ecological textiles you add value to your project ánd reduce the amount of plastic in nature. Win-win!
Ecolan or upcycled polypropylene is produced from excess materials from the oil industry. The released gasses in oil refineries are processed into white powder, which is molten into granules. Afterwards, these granules are processed into elegant threads. This processing method brings large benefits:
- producing ecolan fibres requires no water, no PFC chemicals and low energy usage
- ecolan can be recycled up to 10 times and has an average life cycle of 100 years
- low-density material: to produce more fabrics, we need fewer resources
- ecolan fabrics are colourfast, incredibly strong and easy to clean
Regenerated cotton is developed from remainder and waste yarns that are collected during the production process of clothes or other fabrics. This mix of cotton, linen and/or polyester waste is completely recycled into new, durable yarns.
The weft yarns are made in Europe from recycled wool coming from apparel fabrics and knitted clothes. It can be unsold stocks or used fabrics, which are sorted by colour, scrapped into pieces, carbonised and respun into new yarns to make new fabrics for the clothing and textile-industry. Have a look at this unique and sustainable story on https://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-europe-55267992
As you can see, this way, we help reducing the huge amount of wasted clothing that are yearly burned or pilled up in our nature.
Our sustainable initiatives and certificates
All of our eco-friendly, sustainable fabrics are stringently tested, comply with REACH and GRS. That’s because we only collaborate with reliable, certified European suppliers who deliver eco-friendly yarns, produced under socially sound conditions. Additionally, our company and our hybrid company cars will run solely on solar energy by 2021-2022 to further reduce our impact on the environment.
OEKO-TEX® and REACH (registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals) aim to protect both the human health and the environment. These regulations guarantee a high product safety and ensure that no harmful substances are used during the textile manufacturing process.
The Global Recycle Standard verifies the content of recycled materials in sustainable fabrics and investigates the social, environmental and chemical practices in the production of these textiles. The standard applies to the full supply chain, from processing and manufacturing to trading and distribution.
Do you want to be part of our sustainable story?
Together we can make a difference! The more our clients request eco-friendly fabrics, the more we can and will produce them. Currently we craft fully and partially sustainable fabrics, but we really hope to increase the production of these durable textiles. By investing in our timeless, high-quality sustainable fabrics you can help to protect our precious planet. And that’s what we all want, right?