Carnegie Fabrics launches plant-based textile

Published on : Monday, February 20, 2023

Carnegie Fabrics unveiled its latest innovation plant-based, commercial grade indoor/outdoor textile. Carnegie Fabrics, a sustainable textiles and acoustical management solutions provider for the commercial industry, has launched Outdoor Biobased Xorel, what it calls the world’s first and only plant-based, commercial-grade outdoor performance textile.

This collection, Carnegie says, is the only indoor/outdoor textile to achieve Cradle to Cradle Gold and Living Product Challenge certifications.

While the Xorel brand has been meeting the challenges of the world’s most demanding interior environments for more than 40 years, the launch of Outdoor Biobased Xorel enables designers to now deliver the same brand promise to the outdoor sector.

Outdoor Biobased Xorel is breathable, non-absorbent, fast-drying and weather-proof. With no added finishes, coatings or chemistry required to perform, it is inherently wear and stain-resistant, colorfast and antibacterial. It can be wiped, hosed, scrubbed and aggressively cleaned.

“To ensure the utmost quality and striking beauty that our clients have come to expect from the Xorel brand, Outdoor Biobased Xorel has undergone thousands of hours of laboratory and field testing,” said Carnegie’s Chief Creative Officer Heather Bush. “We’re delighted with the result.”

While textiles can be labeled as “bio-based” for containing 25% of non-fossil-fuel derived material, Outdoor Biobased Xorel yarn contains 85% biobased PE content. Sourced from rapidly-renewable sugarcane, the yarn has a significantly lower environmental footprint than any fossil fuel-derived product. For each ton of sugarcane used to produce Biobased Xorel, 2.5 tons of carbon is captured and sequestered, making it a carbon-positive product.

“Carnegie Fabrics was founded upon the promise that it would be forever PVC-free,” said Carnegie Fabrics CEO Gordon Boggis. “Outdoor Biobased Xorel not only meets this commitment but is also free of other harmful materials such as plasticizers, heavy metals, and toxic dyes.”

The new Outdoor Biobased Xorel already has garnered several industry awards: 2022 Architectural Record Product of the Year, textiles and upholstery category; Best of NeoCon 2022, Sustainability and Silver Award winner in outdoor fabrics category; and 2022 Interior Design HiP Award honoree in outdoor products category.

Each pattern in the Outdoor Biobased Xorel collection — Zion, Acadia, Denali, Nest and Cover  —  comes in various color options.

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