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Terratex Enters Hospitality Market with Environmental Textiles


GUILFORD, MAINE—Interface Fabrics, a leader in textile manufacturing, announces that its Terratex family of environmental textiles will now be available to meet a growing need for green products in the hospitality market. Introduced in 1996, Terratex has deeply penetrated the corporate market with its branded family of environmental textiles. Terratex fabrics are made from 100 percent recycled and/or renewable materials and are sold through jobbers, furniture manufacturers and re-manufacturers in the commercial interiors industry.

“Hotels and resorts, feeling an increased corporate responsibility to preserve the beautiful places in which they are located, are also realizing that sustainable practices make economic sense, returning money to the bottom line and providing added value that their guests truly appreciate,” says Paul Bennotti, director of strategic marketing for Interface Fabrics. “We believe that the hospitality industry is on a fast-forward path to increase its pursuit of green building technologies. It’s the right time to be bringing our deep knowledge of environmental textile engineering, acquired from years in the commercial office industry, to the hospitality market as it discovers these new opportunities.”

A recent statistic, stated in McGraw Hill Construction’s 2006 Green Building SmartMarket Report, indicates that 22 percent of the survey respondents expected to see substantial growth in green construction in the hospitality sector.

The first Terratex hospitality collection to hit the market is Smart Life from Silver State Inc. This 10-pattern exclusive collection has an assortment of funky, retro patterns and subtle solids in colors ranging from deep chocolate browns and reds, to cool icy blues and soft rich melons, all made from 100 percent recycled polyester.

“As the hospitality market began to show an interest in becoming greener, we led the way by offering the industry their first taste of Terratex,” says Manoli S. Sargetakis, president of Silver State Inc. “With Smart Life, designers don’t have to compromise aesthetics for the environment. These fabrics have also met very high abrasion test standards.”

The success of Terratex in the commercial office market was premised on educating the designer and end user on the long term issues of achieving sustainability in the built environment, taking an honest approach about the state of the current environmental technologies and transparently sharing data regarding Interface Fabric’s efforts to reduce its environmental impact. The company and its parent, Interface Inc., have invested heavily in research and development over the past 11 years, pushing the envelope of environmental engineering in the textile market, with aspirations of “showing others what sustainability is in all its dimensions, people, process, product, place and profits—by 2020—and in doing so, to become restorative through the power of influence.”

When customers see the Terratex name on a fabric from any source, they can be assured that it has been manufactured with continuously improving methods to reduce waste, emissions, energy and water usage.

Interface Fabrics, a division of Interface Inc., through its various brands and products, provides textile solutions that bring added value to their customers, fabric distributors, furniture manufacturers and re-manufacturers. The company embraces a strong commitment to sustainable design practices and innovations to improve performance, as well as marketing initiatives to inform end users of Interface Fabrics’ pioneering research and product development.

Go to Interface Fabrics for more information.