FAQ’s

FAQ’s : Faux Leather

 

Brentano’s polyurethane based faux leathers are degradable, durable, versatile and less harmful to humans than leather…

Brentano’s faux leathers are either made of polyurethane or nylon, both of which follow very different production processes than those for woven textiles. Either liquid polyurethane is poured over a supporting material, or extreme pressure is applied to a bed of incredibly fine nylon fibers. Although the results do not contain warp or weft, they can be stronger than woven textiles.

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 merit and not simply as an imitation of leather, Brentano offers a beautiful array of styles, ranging from the 13 striking colors of Galaxy, to the embroidered geometric pattern of City Block, to the multilayer subtle printing of Mineral. Our high end nylon faux leathers Kismet and Serendipity are quilted and have a plush backing, making them at home in luxurious interior environments. 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. For the best protection against stains, ink|SAFE polyurethanes have a chemically bonded stain shield that resists even ballpoint pen marks for an easy-to-maintain, flawless appearance.
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.
These are the softest and most pliable of our polyurethane faux leathers.
Our greenest polyurethanes use a patented dry process that uses one third of the energy of traditional methods and almost no solvent.
Polyurethanes with ink|SAFE provide the best protection against stains. Unlike a topical finish, ink|SAFE chemically bonds with the fabric for permanent, proven protection. The durable, bleach cleanable face of Brentano’s ink|SAFE polyurethanes resists even ballpoint pen marks for an easy-to-maintain, flawless appearance
Brentano’s faux leather ink|SAFE patterns include:
In addition to looking like leather, Nylon faux leathers are lightweight and strong. Because they are simultaneously dense and microporous, water vapor and heat are able to pass through the fabric. Breathability dissipates heat in warm weather and retains it in cold weather. The composition of Brentano’s nylon faux leathers has the same permeability to air and moisture as that of superior leathers. Nylon based faux leathers are durable, flexible and of the highest quality.
In addition to looking like leather, Nylon faux leathers are lightweight and strong. Because they are simultaneously dense and microporous, water vapor and heat are able to pass through the fabric. Breathability dissipates heat in warm weather and retains it in cold weather. The composition of Brentano’s nylon faux leathers has the same permeability to air and moisture as that of superior leathers. Nylon based faux leathers are durable, flexible and of the highest quality.
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.
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