A significant new green development for the 2013 Collection is the substitution of petroleum-based plasticizers in Chilewich yarns for phthalate-free, renewable vegetable compounds instead. These compounds are an exclusive product developed for Phifer Incorporated, Chilewich's longtime supplier of fabric. Plasticizers have traditionally been made from petroleum-based compounds and are used to make PVC yarns, soft.
This new development means that:
TerraStrand fabrics will be phthalate free
TerraStrand fabrics will be more sustainable, while maintaining the durability and cleanability of regular vinyl compounds
TerraStrand fabrics will have a lower carbon footprint than traditional vinyls
TerraStrand fabrics have lower greenhouse gas emissions than traditional vinyl fabrics
TerraStrand fabrics can earn LEED points for renewable content
Joe Sultan, CEO of Chilewich, says, "TerraStrand is another strong step we've taken to make our products more sustainable. This innovation builds upon the success of BioFelt to make an already green product even greener."
Introduced in 2012, BioFelt has received incredibly positive feedback from the design and architecture community and is starting to be adopted worldwide. In conjunction with the new TerraStrand fabrics, the recycled content of the tile now approaches 60%, a level inconceivable a few years ago.
BioFelt is a PVC-free tile backing system composed of 82% pre- and post-consumer content. It can be installed with adhesives or with VELCRO Brand Hook Squares, a modular flooring installation system developed by Velcro USA, Inc. to connect each tile to one another and to the floor. This allows for easy installation on raised access floors and other flooring surfaces where adhesives would not be allowed or desirable. After use, the installation can be removed without a trace.
Made in USA.