The 5 Gyres

The 5 Gyres are continuing to collect waste plastic, taking at least 10 years to cycle out again.

Sea-Tex Fabric Colours

Sea-Text colours include Graphite, Haze Pearl, Sand, and White.

FLX Yarn Eco-Thread

FLX Yarn is created by heating and spinning dozens of strands of recycled plastic.

Sea-Tex Fabric Samples

Sea-Tex samples are available in our showroom.

Greenscreen Sea-Tex from Hunter Douglas is a sustainable roller blinds fabric made from recycled plastic ocean waste.

Discover more about this unique eco-thread blind fabric and how it is helping tackle the waste pollution problem in our oceans.

Plastic Pollution

There is a conservative estimate that there are currently 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic floating in the world’s oceans with even more continually washing up on shorelines. This incredible amount of plastic waste is having a serious detrimental effect on the environment and marine ecosystems around the world.

Types of plastic waste found include cups, bottles, milk cartons and abandoned fishing nets that can all poison or trap marine life including fish, Dolphins, Seals, Turtles and Whales. Plastic does not biodegrade quickly, often taking hundreds of years, so any plastic waste remains in the ocean for a very long time.

The 5 Gyres

The build up of plastic waste has also begun to accumulate in the five ocean gyres. A gyre is a large circulating system of wind-driven surface currents located across the world and include:

  • North Atlantic Gyre
  • South Atlantic Gyre
  • North Pacific Gyre
  • South Pacific Gyre
  • Indian Ocean Gyre

Floating plastic has become trapped within these gyres and is estimated to take at least 10 years to cycle back out again.

Clean Up Efforts

Volunteers around the world, including the U-Turn project, are tackling this growing issue through organised cleanups of shorelines and coastal communities. Plastic and other debris is removed and recycled to prevent it from reentering the ocean.

A greater emphasis on the plastic problem and improved recycling facilities have also helped but there is still a long way to go.

Sustainable Roller Blinds Fabric

In our industry, Hunter Douglas is using the recycled plastic to create the Greenscreen Sea-Tex fabric for roller blinds. The Greenscreen Sea-Tex fabric uses an innovative high performance eco-thread called FLX Yarn.

FLX yarn was created by the engineering company Bionic, and is formed by heating and spinning dozens of strands of recycled plastic together, which is then combined to make up the blind fabric.

FLX yarn is strong and versatile, and also comes with a 2-3% openness factor which means the fabric weave is tight; great for privacy, light control and retaining heat and energy in your home.

There are five standard Sea-Tex colours including:

  • Graphite
  • Haze
  • Sand
  • Pearl
  • White

There are also custom options available.

Future Recycling Ideas

With the success of the Greenscreen Sea-Tex sustainable fabric, Hunter Douglas is currently experimenting to create upholstery and curtain fabrics from recycled plastics. We will of course let you know of any further developments!

Want more information?

If you would like to know more about Greenscreen Sea-Tex and the benefits of owning sustainable roller blinds fabric you can contact us or visit our showroom in Bath to browse our recycled fabric samples and talk to our designers!

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