Ultrafabrics’ Brisa performance fabric with recycled backcloth: made of 7.5 plastic bottles per metre
The announcement is part of a sustainability report that finds the brand speeding past set targets
Ultrafabrics is the world’s leading producer of high-quality performance fabrics in 11 global markets with clients including MillerKnoll, Steelcase, Jaguar Land Rover, Fitbit and Virgin Galactic to name a few.
This year at NeoCon they announced a re-release of its legacy brand Brisa with a recycled backcloth made of EIGHT plastic bottles per yard of fabric. The release is attached below and the high res photography is here.
Ultrafabrics is also a global leader in its category for its sustainability journey. Their recently released 2023 sustainability report was compiled by third party experts and outlines their bold environmental goals. I’ve attached the release below.
Nicole Meier is an amazing voice and expert in all aspects of their journey. She has been featured on many panels including ICFF, Wanted Design, and Clerkenwell Design Week, alongside the industry’s most prolific curators, designers and business leaders.
Nicole can also discuss the Ultrafabrics partnership with PANTONE and the newest color releases for Uf Select.
Nicole’s podcast experience:
A trusted legacy brand offers sustainability without sacrifice
For almost 25 years Ultrafabrics’ Brisa performance fabric has been a go-to for designers and specifiers across all markets including furniture and commercial environments, because of its breathable technology and exceptional haptics. This high-tech performance fabric is a leather alternative that integrates Ultrafabrics’ proprietary ventilation system and promotes airflow for ultimate seating comfort.
Nicole Meier, Head of Branding at Ultrafabrics, explains the company’s approach: “This relaunch of Brisa is one of many sustainability focused initiatives we’re doing to reach our aggressive goals as a manufacturing company. Independent analysis says we are ahead of our competitors, but we aren’t looking over our shoulders. The goal to achieve sustainability without a sacrifice in haptics, comfort or performance is our only focus.”
7.5 plastic bottles per metre with trusted global fiber partnerships
Brisa will be the first full collection to include recycled polyester and responsibly-sourced rayon in the backing. It supports Ultrafabrics’ material innovation goal to include more renewable and/or recycled materials across its portfolio.
The recycled polyester is derived from pre- and post- consumer waste including recycled plastic bottles and post-industrial waste to create high-quality yarns. Ultrafabrics uses polyester yarn which includes an estimated 7.5 recycled plastic bottles per metre of fabric in its legacy Brisa collection.
The rayon fibers are transparently sourced from various sustainable wood inputs from certified and controlled forests that meet strict sustainability requirements.
By 2025, all Ultrafabrics products sold to furniture, healthcare, recreational vehicle, marine, aviation and accessories markets will have reached their goal of including at least 50% rapidly renewable and/or recycled resources. This is five years ahead of the original goal. Uniting Japanese craftsmanship, state-of-the-art technology, and sustainably focused innovation, Ultrafabrics materials are designed to make a difference.
Nine new colours
Nine new, carefully curated colours have been added to the Brisa collection. The new additions express a renewed energy and excitement that uplifts the existing palette. Joining the collection are Ice Pink, Mystic Beige, Clear Quartz, Hazey, Lamb’s Ear, Honeydew, Harbor Mist, Rising Tide, and Yukon Gold.
NeoCon 2023 – Metropolis Sustainability Next showroom
You can find Ultrafabrics at NeoCon Stand # 7- 8098
Ultrafabrics will also be featured in the Metropolis Sustainability Next showroom on Floor 11, Suite 1120, where they are sharing their entire material innovation journey, progress updates, and raw ingredients. Media guests can book meetings at the details below.
Ultrafabrics creates materials for tomorrow by uniting Japanese craftsmanship and purposeful innovation. Based in state-of-the-art engineering, Ultrafabrics design intelligent, next-generation materials that combine high-performing functionality and comfort in an array of design styles that speak to the senses. Focused on unlimited creativity, lasting durability and greener solutions, Ultrafabrics is always innovating and evolving — with people and planet in mind.
This next generation of non-leather performance fabric has been trusted by the most prestigious global brands across industries, including Virgin Galactic, MillerKnoll, Jaguar Land Rover and Fitbit.