FABRICS FAQ : eco-fabrics


Brentano's eco-fabrics are typically made with recycled polyester or polyurethane, although some use rapidly renewable resources like bamboo, wool and organic cotton. They are all labeled Brentano Green Fabrics Tag


Polyurethane Faux Leather
Polyurethane is a greener alternative to PVC (vinyl) and leather. Naturally soft and flexible, it does not require the solvents used to soften PVC or leather. Polyurethane-based faux leather is also an animal friendly alternative to natural leather... more »

Recycled Polyester
Brentano's recycled polyester fiber is made from post consumer polyesters. One source of post consumer polyester is recycled soda and water bottles that otherwise may have ended up in landfills... more »

Third Party Certified
Some Brentano Green fabrics are third-party certified (ACT Facts, MBDC Cradle to Cradle, Oeko-Tex), and others may be eligible for LEED certification points for use of rapidly renewable resources or recycled fiber contents… more »

In order to qualify for the Brentano Green label, our fabrics must comply with green standards in at least two of the following three categories: raw material, process, and facility and social responsibility.

Raw Material
To satisfy the raw material requirement, the textile must either incorporate recycled materials or degradable fibers. If the raw material is naturally grown, it must be a rapidly renewable resource and grown without or with minimal harmful pesticides, chemicals, and fertilizers.

The Process
The process takes into account the environmental aspects of manufacturing a textile as well as the entire series of actions required to produce it. No part of the process - from dying and spinning the yarn to weaving and finishing the fabric - can involve harmful chemicals. The manufacturing facility must also comply with environmental protection laws governing energy conservation, water treatment, and chemical regulation.

Facility and Social Responsibility
Facility and social responsibility consider working conditions, public health, and implementation of green programs. Manufacturers must comply with fundamental human rights laws and initiate programs to promote the green movement. Such initiatives include utilizing energy saving and air quality improvement devices, supporting recycling programs, and encouraging green consciousness among employees.