Greenscreen Sea-Tex from Hunter Douglas is a sustainable eco-thread fabric made from recycled plastic ocean waste.
Discover more about this unique sustainable fabric and how it is helping reduce plastic pollution in our oceans.
There is a conservative estimate that there are currently 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic floating in the world’s oceans with more added every day. 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. All of these items can poison or trap marine life from Dolphins to 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 and Water Alliance, are tackling this growing issue through organised cleanups of shorelines and coastal communities. Their efforts aim to remove and recycle plastic and other debris, preventing this waste from reentering the ocean.
A greater awareness on the global plastic waste 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 has invested in creating a new eco-thread Greenscreen Sea-Tex. The Greenscreen Sea-Tex is made from recycled plastic and re-purposed for sustainable roller blinds fabric. It does this by using an innovative high performance eco-thread called FLX Yarn.
FLX yarn was created by the engineering company Bionic. It is formed by heating and spinning dozens of strands of recycled plastic together, which is then combined to make up the Sea-Tex fabric.
FLX yarn is strong and versatile, with lots of excellent qualities. It is flame retardant, PVC and halogen free and also has a 2-3% openness factor to provide efficient heat retention within any home.
There are five standard Sea-Tex colours including:
There are also custom options available on request.
We have a Greenscreen sample book in our showroom with all of the colours and more information on the collection.
Award Winning Fabric
Greenscreen Sea-Tex and Hunter Douglas have received recognition for their efforts. They have won numerous awards including the coveted ‘Innovation Award’ at the R+T design trade fair and were also awarded the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 label and GREENGUARD certification. All very encouraging for future recycling initiatives!
Future Recycling Ideas
With the success of the Greenscreen Sea-Tex fabric, Hunter Douglas is currently experimenting with more viable products including upholstery and curtain fabrics. It really is an exciting time for sustainable design!
There are also lots of recycling efforts taking place across the world which we encourage you to explore and take part in where you can.
Want more information?
If you would like to know more about Greenscreen Sea-Tex and the benefits of investing in sustainable roller blinds for your home please contact us.
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