FABRICS FAQ : eco-fabrics with polyurethane


Polyurethane is a greener alternative to PVC (vinyl) and leather in both production and after-care. Naturally soft and flexible, polyurethane does not require the solvents used to soften PVC or leather in the manufacturing process. Leather production is an especially chemical-laden process involving heavy metals. Polyurethane can also be designed to deteriorate after a period of use specific to interior design applications, whereas PVC never degrades. It leaches toxins into landfills and emits carcinogenic dioxin when incinerated.

Brentano polyurethane
Our polyurethane textiles are manufactured in facilities that are conscientious of the green movement and have clear environmental goals. All of the manufacturers we use for our polyurethane textiles are either 14001 certified or compliant with local pollution protection laws, and the pigments and chemicals used in their facilities comply with REACH guidelines.

All of the faux leathers in Brentano's leather and ultra friendly categories satisfy the VOC emissions requirements for California Section 01350. Future testing will include the hand category.


Beauty of Faux Leather
Designed to be appreciated for their own merits and not simply as an imitation of leather, Brentano's faux leathers embody a beautiful array of styles. Whether quilted, woven, embroidered, printed, or presented in any other variety of ways -- from the 13 striking colors of Galaxy, to the embroidered geometric pattern of City Block, to the multilayer subtle printing of Mineral -- their range of colors and hands make them at home in any luxurious interior environment.

Performance of faux leather
By varying the materials used in production, we have developed the strength and hand of each textile. Polyurethane fabrics are also intrinsically less rigid than PVC, moisture resistant, and easy to clean. Most of our polyurethane-based faux leathers can even be cleaned with bleach.


Brentano's faux leather polyurethane patterns, also called eco-friendly faux leather, include:
3970 Bricolage
02 03 05 06 07 09
3911 Caress
01 02 03 04 05 06 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
3936 Catai
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
3925 City Block
01 03 07 08 09 11 12
3969 D.I.Y.
01 02 03 04 05
3918
3918 De-vine
01 02 03 06
3952 Essence
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
3966 Filigree
01 02 04 05 06 07 08
3905 Finesse
01 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11
3933 Formosa
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
3987 Galaxy
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 12 13
5707
5707 Hard Candy
01 03
3939 Heavy Metal
01 03 04
3913 Jetset
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12
1511 Kismet
02
3983 Komodo
01 02 03 04 05 07 08 09 10
3950 Mineral
03 04 10
3927 Ooh La La
08
3919 Paparazzi
01 02 03 04 05 06 09 10 11 12
5705 Pave
02 03 04
3920 Perspective
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 09
3973 Primal
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08
9404 Ravenswood
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12
3924 Remix
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10
3825 Rose
01
1500 Royalsuede
01 04 11 12
3900 Satin
03 04 05 06
9407 Sauganash
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
3940 Scuba
03 04 05 09 10 11
3954 Splint
01 02 03 04 05 06
3915 Streetcar
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12
3820 Tessera
01 02 03 04 05 06
9409 Uptown
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09
3903 Vapor
03 04 05 06 09
3901 Varsity
02 04 05 10 11
3922 Victor
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10



Brentano polyurethane textiles all combine beauty + performance, but some offer different benefits than others. To reflect the nuances of Brentano's polyurethane faux leathers, we have subdivided them into three categories: leather, hand, and ultra friendly.

LEATHER - Tough microfiber backings make these the strongest of our polyurethanes. All surpass 100,000 double rubs and 200 lbs. breaking strength.

HAND - These are the softest and most pliable of our polyurethane faux leathers.

ULTRA FRIENDLY - Our greenest polyurethanes use a patented dry process that uses one third of the energy of traditional methods and almost no solvent.

Note: All decorative products are classified according to the base material.


Tough microfiber backings make these the strongest of our polyurethanes. All surpass 100,000 double rubs and 200 lbs. breaking strength.
3911 Caress
01 02 03 04 05 06 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
3936 Catai
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
3925 City Block
01 03 07 08 09 11 12
3918
3918 De-vine
01 02 03 06
3933 Formosa
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
3939 Heavy Metal
01 03 04
3927 Ooh La La
08


These are the softest and most pliable of our polyurethane faux leathers.
3970 Bricolage
02 03 05 06 07 09
3952 Essence
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
3966 Filigree
01 02 04 05 06 07 08
3905 Finesse
01 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11
3983 Komodo
01 02 03 04 05 07 08 09 10
3950 Mineral
03 04 10
3973 Primal
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08
3924 Remix
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10
3825 Rose
01
9407 Sauganash
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
3954 Splint
01 02 03 04 05 06
3820 Tessera
01 02 03 04 05 06
9409 Uptown
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09
3922 Victor
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10


Our greenest polyurethanes use a patented dry process that uses one third of the energy of traditional methods and almost no solvent.
3970 Bricolage
02 03 05 06 07 09
3911 Caress
01 02 03 04 05 06 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
3936 Catai
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21
3925 City Block
01 03 07 08 09 11 12
3969 D.I.Y.
01 02 03 04 05
3918
3918 De-vine
01 02 03 06
3952 Essence
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 17 18 19 20 21 22 23
3966 Filigree
01 02 04 05 06 07 08
3905 Finesse
01 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11
3933 Formosa
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13
3987 Galaxy
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 12 13
5707
5707 Hard Candy
01 03
3939 Heavy Metal
01 03 04
3913 Jetset
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12
1511 Kismet
02
3983 Komodo
01 02 03 04 05 07 08 09 10
3950 Mineral
03 04 10
3927 Ooh La La
08
3919 Paparazzi
01 02 03 04 05 06 09 10 11 12
5705 Pave
02 03 04
3920 Perspective
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 09
3973 Primal
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08
9404 Ravenswood
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12
3924 Remix
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10
3825 Rose
01
1500 Royalsuede
01 04 11 12
3900 Satin
03 04 05 06
9407 Sauganash
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22
3940 Scuba
03 04 05 09 10 11
3954 Splint
01 02 03 04 05 06
3915 Streetcar
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12
3820 Tessera
01 02 03 04 05 06
9409 Uptown
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09
3903 Vapor
03 04 05 06 09
3901 Varsity
02 04 05 10 11
3922 Victor
01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10


Created by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), ISO 14001 is a set of international standards pertaining to environmental management systems (EMS). An EMS is a framework that helps a company achieve environmental goals by setting up an individualized environmental policy that sets objectives and targets for improving environmental performance. According to the ISO website (www.iso.org), an EMS meeting the requirements of ISO 14001 is a management tool that enables an organization to "identify and control the environmental impact of its activities, products or services." It also allows a company to "improve its environmental performance continually and to implement a systematic approach to setting environmental objectives and targets", as well as achieving these goals and demonstrating how they have been achieved.


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) explains volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as gases emitted from certain solids or liquids. They include a variety of chemicals which may have short and long-term negative health effects. Because VOCs can collect in high concentrations indoors, it is important to produce interior products that emit few VOCs.

The California Section 01350 test is a small-scale chamber test for materials for interiors, such as paint, wallpaper, and fabric. It is a pass/fail test that evaluates a material for toxic chemicals, including VOCs, at very low levels. Materials must meet stringent California state guidelines. If a material passes, it is deemed suitable for use in the education sector and is listed on the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) website (www.chps.net). The mission of CHPS is to facilitate design, construction, and operation of schools that are not only energy and resource efficient, but also provide a healthy environment.

All of the faux leathers in Brentano's leather and ultra friendly categories satisfy the VOC emissions requirements for California Section 01350. Future testing will include the hand category.