Ultrafabrics' Volar Bio collection bolstered with boost of recycled and renewable content.

Ultrafabrics first bio based collection, Volar Bio, now features a 66% mix of recycled, rapidly renewable, and biobased content - all while maintaining the brand's signature durability.

Initially launched in 2019, the collection's ingredients now include certified REPREVE® polyester, ECOVERO™ viscose, and innovative Susterra® propanediol biobased resin. Derived from regeneratively farmed U.S. dent corn, Susterra® is a pure, petroleum-free ingredient, ushering in a new era for biobased resins in leather alternatives.

Its unique, matte texture and semi-lustrous base, available in a range of natural tones, suit the most forward-thinking interiors. Fit for all spaces, including high-traffic areas, Volar Bio maintains its integrity even when regularly cleaned and disinfected, ensuring long-lasting performance and aesthetic appeal.

In addition to this updated range, Ultrafabrics has also shared the news that all 19 of its branded collections now include at least 50% rapidly renewable and/or recycled content, one year ahead of its 2025 goal.

These new ingredients are scalable, plentiful, and maintain our performance standards.

They include rapidly renewable Tencel fibres, recycled post consumer plastic and bio-based resins. Collections with 100% rayon, such as the renowned Ultraleather collection, include TENCEL™ Modal, fibres crafted from sustainably sourced, rapidly renewable beechwood. Combining the best of both worlds, backcloths are offered that blend ECOVERO™ viscose with REPREVE® recycled polyester in collections such as Brisa, Promessa and Coast. Each metre of fabric with this backcloth repurposes approximately 9 plastic bottles - keeping them out of our oceans.

In line with the sustainability advancements made, Ultrafabrics has launched two scholarships in the UK and US to support the next generation of designers.

In the UK, it's working with Blackbullion to launch the Ultrafabrics Sustainable Design Scholarship, aiming to support the next generation of designers who are committed to prioritising environmental and social sustainability. Any undergraduate student approaching their final year of a design-based course may apply for this scholarship - click here for more information.

This follows a sponsored prize at New Designers - The Ultrafabrics Sustainable Design Prize - which was awarded to new graduate, Ruth Glasheen for her S.O.S Pack project, created during her studies at Loughborough University, as it showcased an innovative approach to sustainability. The judges commented, "Has addressed a forward-thinking issue with a practical response, using recycled materials in every single element of the design. A very impressive collection with potential for scaleability."

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