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FR-ONE furnishing fabrics: free of forever chemicals

In an era of heightened awareness regarding environmental sustainability and health-conscious choices, FR-One's furnishing fabrics are created from a series of thoughtful design choices. They're also completely free of forever chemicals.

Today we discuss how FR-One's furnishing fabrics are a safe and non-toxic option containing no PFAS/PFCS.

FR-One Fabrics: inherently fire-retardant and free of harmful chemicals

At FR-One, the safety of our customers is paramount. That's why all our upholstery and drapery fabrics are inherently fire-retardant, offering a level of protection that goes beyond standard textile materials.

By choosing FR-One, you can enjoy peace of mind, knowing that our fabrics are engineered to withstand fire hazards without the need for additional chemical treatments. Our commitment to fabric that is free of harmful chemicals, makes FR-One a standout choice in the world of fire-retardant fabrics.

FR-One's fabrics are free of PFAs/PFCs and forever chemicals

Because we value the safety of our customers, all our FR drapery and upholstery fabrics are free of perfluorinated and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS/PFC): otherwise known as ‘forever chemicals’. You can be certain that our fabrics are free from risks associated with forever chemicals.

The fact that all FR-One products are free of these hazardous chemicals is tightly linked to our meeting the certification requirements for the OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100.

Let’s dive into why.

The OEKO-TEX® STANDARD 100 Certification

OEKO-TEX® is an independent testing organization that prohibits or strictly limits the use of harmful substances in textiles.

Simply put, having strict rules about the stuff left behind in fabric-making makes things better for the environment, workers, and people who use the fabric. Sometimes, these rules are even stricter than what countries worldwide say is necessary. So, OEKO-TEX® tries to be a leader in keeping consumers safe by setting their own high standards, instead of waiting for laws to catch up.

So, what does this mean for our customers? In simple terms, the STANDARD 100 certification is a clear indicator of excellence in our drapery and upholstery. It assures you of top-notch quality, safety, a commitment to the environment, and adherence to global standards. These are all crucial aspects that matter to both those who make these fabrics and those who use them.

Key facts:

  1. Fabrics holding the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certification also undergo testing for Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions. If you want to explore the detailed 2023 criteria for this certification, you can delve into this comprehensive guide.
  2. On top of this, beginning in 2023, OEKO-TEX® has put a general ban on using certain chemicals (PFAS/PFC) in textiles, leather, and footwear for certifications like the STANDARD 100.
  3. If you want to know more about these new rules from OEKO-TEX® for 2023, you can get more details here.
  4. A holistic approach to sustainable drapery and upholstery

Our dedication to sustainability extends beyond our FR fabrics to our operational practices too. We adhere to the REACH regulation, ensuring that chemicals used in our textiles meet strict health and environmental requirements.

Our environmental management system is also ISO 14001 certified, highlighting our commitment to responsible manufacturing. Finally, we operate with a focus on Quality Management, covering aspects related to Quality, Environment, Safety, Health, and well-being (QESH).

Learn more about our sustainability initiatives at FR-One and within the Bru Textiles group, to which we belong.

Proactivity and innovation for a sustainable textiles industry 

Being forward-thinking and creative in pursuit of a sustainable textile industry, SPELLBOUND stands as our line of fire-retardant fabrics crafted from materials meeting the Global Recycled Standard (GRS). This line encompasses seven distinct collections, catering to various purposes including multi-purpose, upholstery, drapery, and sheers, all meticulously designed with utmost care.

This underlines our deliberate choice to utilise GRS yarns, a journey that began with our RE-Invent collection, which introduced three innovative fabric constructions, all crafted from recycled polyester. RE-Invent served as a testament to the potential of recycled plastics to revolutionise the textile industry.

As we face environmental issues like climate change and dwindling resources, our commitment to making sustainable textiles will only grow.

From toxins to transparency: monitoring chemicals in furnishing fabrics protects consumers

FR-One drapery and upholstery fabrics are inherently fire-retardant, ensuring your safety and that of your loved ones without the need for additional chemicals. Ensuring that our fabrics are PFAS and PFCS free, plus a holistic commitment to sustainability, means that we can offer high-quality furnishing fabrics that are not only fire retardant but also environmentally responsible.

Our fabrics' fire-retardant properties are a result of many informed decisions, including choosing the pattern and colour scheme as well as crafting each collection's specific qualities.

Contact us today to learn more about our processes and to begin your partnership with us. 


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