FABRICS : eco-fabrics

Brentano's eco-fabrics are labeled under the tag Brentano Green Fabrics Tag.
At Brentano, we have developed green criteria for our fabrics that reflect the diverse and interconnected nature of sustainability. Our eco-fabrics include our high performance and high quality eco-friendly faux leathers, as well as beautiful upholstery patterns and contract textiles -- overall displaying an uncommon variety of design and versatility available in environmentally-conscious textiles. The Brentano Green fabric label demonstrates our commitment to pursuing green mindfulness while designing textiles with beauty + performance in mind.

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 a naturally grown fiber, 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.


Brentano recognizes the following global third-party verifications from the textile industry as accreditation for the above criteria for green fabrics:
ACT Standards ( to be completed, USA ) Enviro-Mark ( New Zealand ) ETAD ( International )
MBDC Cradle to Cradle Certification ( USA ) Environmental Choice New Zealand GOTS ( International )
SCS ( USA ) EU Eco-Label ( Europe ) IMO ( International )
Oeko-Tex ( Europe ) ISO 14001 ( International )
Green Fabrics

all eco fabrics      bamboo      eco-wool      recycled      eco-friendly faux leather      organic cotton

ECO-FABRICS : eco-wool

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Wool is a rapidly renewable resource and is 100% biodegradable. It has a high capacity to absorb VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) such as formaldehyde. The wool used for Brentano textiles Eco Flannel, Eco Satin and Eco Stripe is eco-friendly wool from New Zealand that uses minimal pesticides compared with traditional wool. Additionally, a biodegradable detergent is used to clean the wool, and in spinning, natural oils are used instead of mineral oils. The eco wool is Environmental Choice New Zealand certified, which evaluates wool processes such as scouring, spinning, dyeing, and finishing, as well as fiber, yarn, pesticide usage, dyes, and water and waste management. The mill that manufactures Eco Flannel, Eco Satin, and Eco Stripe is also ranked Enviro-Mark Silver and is working to achieving a higher certification.

"Eco wool" is a descriptive phrase not associated with any brand name. Brentano does not claim any trademark rights to the term.
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