Specialty Fabrics Review July 2021 - 12

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From ocean debris
to backyard
furniture cushions
W
e've all seen the heartbreaking photos of seals,
sea turtles and other marine life entangled in
discarded fishing nets. Even when nets break
down, they just become smaller pieces of toxic plastic
that get mistaken for food and eaten. Discarded
fishing nets make up an estimated 10 percent of
plastic in the ocean and have been found to be four
times more harmful than all other forms of plastic
pollution, according to some environmental groups.
Arden Companies of Bingham Farms, Mich.,
a supplier of outdoor replacement cushions and
fabrics in the U.S. and Canada, is doing its part to
make a positive effect on the environment. About
three years ago, the company launched its EverTru®
Fabrics division, which produces premium fabrics
such as 100 percent solution-dyed acrylic and 100
percent solution-dyed polyesters for leading furniture
and umbrella manufacturers in the world.
With a heavy focus on sustainability, the division
has now released its OceanTex™
Fabric collection.
The collection includes two types of fabrics: OceanTex
Olefin, made 100 percent from recovered fishing net
waste collected from oceans and beaches around the
world, and OceanTex Polyester, made 100 percent
from recovered plastic bottle waste collected from
oceans and beaches.
To produce the fabric, the ocean debris is
collected, sorted, washed and shredded into flakes.
The flakes are melted into pellets, and the pellets
are then spun into yarn. Finally, the yarns are woven
into OceanTex fabric. The fabric can be sewn to create
UV-resistant outdoor cushions. One commercial
fishing net (100 pounds of net) can produce 75 yards
of OceanTex fabric.
12 SPECIALTY FABRICS REVIEW / July 2021
Eight million metric tons of plastic waste enters our oceans
each year, according to the Ocean Conservancy. The OceanTex™
Fabric collection is produced from plastic waste including
discarded fishing nets. Photos: Arden Companies.

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