Carnegie releases bio-based interior textile Xorel
SpecialtyFabricsReview.com | July 5, 2013
After seven years of research and development, Carnegie has unveiled the world’s first high-performance interior textile made with a majority of plant-based content. Called Xorel®, this new product boasts 60 to 85 percent bio content, depending on pattern, though the U.S. government standard requires only 25 percent bio content for a product to carry the bio-based label.
The formulation of these polyethylene yarns from plant-based sources as opposed to fossil fuels ensures that the product has a significantly reduced carbon footprint. Fully vetted through third-party certifiers, Xorel has achieved gold level Cradle-to-Cradle certification and the SCS Indoor Advantage Gold rating and contributes toward LEED-CI (commercial interiors) categories: rapidly renewable content, indoor air quality, material transparency and material optimization.
From a performance standpoint, plant-based Xorel has the same appearance, same performance and same price as the original product. It is available in six designs in 91 colorways and can be applied for wallcovering, panel or upholstery use.
Proprietary X-Protect backing enables the end-user to clean the product aggressively and with a wide range of cleaners including diluted bleach. At the end of the product’s useful life it may be returned to Carnegie for recycling or waste to energy conversion.