Global workwear textile manufacturer, Carrington Textiles, has announced the launch of nine new fabrics developed using sustainable fibres that include recycled polyester, BCI and organic cotton as well as a new technology that biodegrades synthetic fibres, utilised for the first time in workwear fabrics by the company. A flame retardant fabric is also being introduced to the market with a superb durability that in turn gives garments a longer life.

The brand-new textiles are made using recycled polyester from plastic bottles, organic and responsibly sourced cotton, as well as a new technology that biodegrades synthetic fibres, a first in the workwear world.

With the strapline ‘weaving sustainability into our fabrics’, the launch campaign includes the release of the company’s popular fabric range guides – available to download on its website – with a new brand identity and design, showcasing a more dynamic look and sleek new photography to better represent today’s workwear.

These new range guides were designed keeping the customer and the environment in mind as they are made with recycled paper which is also 100% recyclable, as well as being coated with antimicrobial technology for peace of mind.

Regarding the new fabrics, Carrington Textiles has invested a great deal of resources into R&D to develop these products as part of its stretch, Balance Range and flame retardant collections. In terms of the stretch new products, the textile manufacturer introduced Constance 210 gsm and Balaton 255 gsm. Both are named after European lakes, and incorporate REPREVE recycled polyester made from plastic bottles, and BCI cotton in their composition. They also utilise the high stretch technology from XLANCE® which is eco-friendly, solvent-free, and produced using 100% renewable energy. Constance 210 is the Carrington Textiles sustainable alternative to workwear fabric Idra, and Balaton 255 is the ‘greener’ option for Cresta.

Balance Range Weaved Sustainability
The Balance Range is a big focus for the manufacturer who’s aiming to help tackle the global discussion on climate change, textile sustainability and circularity, by releasing seven more products to add to the eight existing eco-friendly textiles of the range.

Starting on the lighter side of the Balance Range spectrum, and named after a forest in North East England, is Kielder 185 gsm, a fabric which composition consists of 50% BCI cotton and 50% REPREVE recycled polyester made from plastic bottles. As an environmentally friendly alternative to Cooltex Lite, Kielder 185 offers an outstanding soft feel due to its 4/1 twill, a polyester face for greater durability and cotton inside for increased wearer comfort.

Next are the additions to the Delamere family in their 210 gsm and 245 gsm weights. With the philosophy of protecting forests like England's Kielder forest these fabrics, Delamere 210 and 245 include 65% recycled REPREVE polyester and responsibly sourced cotton from the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). Delamere 210 is a sustainable alternative for Delta and similarly Delamere 245 for Tomboy. With a name inspired by the West Pennine Moors in Northern England are Rivington 205 gsm and 220 gsm. The Rivington family offers leisure finish as a standard for a soft feel and incorporates 65% recycled polyester as well as 35% BCI cotton. Also providing the benefits of mechanical stretch, Rivington 205 and 220 are the eco-friendly options to Xtraflex Lite and Xtraflex 1 respectively.

Revolutionary workwear fabrics that biodegrade
Microfibres in the oceans is a hot topic in the textile world now. Annual estimates of plastic microfibre pollution entering the oceans is equivalent in weight to over 50 billion plastic bottles.

To help tackle the issue, Carrington Textiles started to look at innovative products available that would break down these microplastic fibres. Following extensive research, the company has adopted CiCLO technology, a sustainable textiles ingredient in the form of an additive that is combined with polyester at the very beginning of the fibre making process. When CiCLO polyester ends up in the environment either through washing or end of life of the garment, it behaves like natural fibres, in turn reducing microplastic pollution and textile accumulation.

The first textile manufacturer to use this  technology for the production of workwear fabrics, Carrington Textiles has launched Hawksbill and Orca. Both are named after marine animals to represent the importance of microplastic-free oceans and, with a weight of 245gsm, Hawksbill and Orca are the sustainable alternative to the company’s bestselling fabric, Tomboy.

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