FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.—In the hospitality industry, sustainability in all areas of design is essential. From the drapery to upholstery and even the bedding, nearly everything in the room can be made from plastic bottles otherwise destined for a landfill or a water source. At Valley Forge Fabrics, being able to ensure the durability and performance needs of these textiles while also creating them from a source like plastic bottles, is a big win. It’s no secret that plastic bottles are forever, so being able to use them as a fiber that’s woven into upholstery fabrics is vital to Valley Forge Fabrics’ mission.
Every year, Valley Forge Fabrics evaluates its carbon footprint and assesses its overall environmental impact, which includes everything from production lines to shipping goods all over the world. As its plans out its product releases throughout the year, it considers this data as well as evaluates any additional environmental certifications that can be achieved for upcoming collections, or if there is a way to weave any of its items with a sustainable fiber which may directly impact the reduction of waste that may go into landfills.
Brandi Kolanz, Director or Products and Design, says, “One of our greatest missions during product development, besides to have an impact on the happiness of travelers, is to have an impact on our Earth. Fibers from recycled plastic bottles are one of the great innovations within our textile industry.”
Valley Forge Fabrics is releasing a new upholstery textile collection that uses fibers derived from plastic bottles to create each texture. With the release of this collection, titled Quick Ship Upholstery Vol. I, the company is able to repurpose an average of 21 plastic bottles to create each one of its high-end fabric books that are delivered to interior design clients across the country. Each of the five patterns inside this collection use an estimated 11 plastic bottles per yard on average. It may seem like a small amount at first but considering that an average hospitality purchase order is for over 1,000 yards of fabric each time, these textiles can have a much more significant impact overall.
“Valley Forge is beyond excited to release this new collection,” Kolanz said. “Domestically made, supporting our environmental initiative—the collection features yarns from the recycling of plastic bottles, in nature inspired color tones, great durability and available quick ship to meet the needs of any project.”