As in many other areas of life, sustainability is becoming the buzzword in interior design. In line with our motto “We have a responsibility to the future. And that was always the case”, the founding Schmitz family has always been committed to sustainable production, management and operations in their entrepreneurial activities at drapilux. For instance, all textiles are "made in Germany" because they are either manufactured or finished at the company's premises in Emsdetten (North Rhine-Westphalia). This reduces the mileage associated with transportation. The use of resources and chemicals is as environmentally friendly as possible. "Wherever we have the opportunity, we go beyond the legal requirements," said Hubert Reinermann, Head of Sales at drapilux. “Our goal is to conserve resources”. Furthermore, the fabrics are durable and hard-wearing so that they can be used in the building concerned for a long time. The intelligent added functions – i.e. the flame-retardant, air-purifying, antimicrobial properties as well as the acoustic effect – are also retained in the fabric, even after frequent washing. "Consequently, we have already created good conditions in the value and supply chain”, concluded Reinermann. “Nevertheless, we're constantly striving to improve”. The textile manufacturer was audited by the internationally renowned Hohenstein Institute in autumn 2019 and was certified according to “STeP by OEKO-TEX®” (Sustainable Textile Production) at the highest quality level.
Another goal is to make the textiles as sustainable as possible. Hence, with its flame-retardant fabrics, drapilux faces a special challenge. “In close partnership with the manufacturer of the yarns, Trevira GmbH, we have succeeded in developing some articles, of which a part is made using sustainably produced fibres, which are flame-retardant and which conform to the usual drapilux quality,” stated Kirstin Herrmann, drapilux design studio manager. drapilux has the exclusive rights to use the new yarn until the end of 2020. “During this time, we will work together to enhance the fibres and raise the percentage of the recycled material used,” added Reinermann.
The special look of this decorative fabric comes from using two colours. The woven textile is dyed in a complex cationic/anionic process. Besides the fact that this item uses sustainable fibres and is flame-retardant, this fabric series is the queen of piece-dyeing. The article is available in 36 shades of modern colours – powder pink, aqua, petrol, olive green as well as coral and orange. With a width of 140 cm, it is also ideal as a throw.
This fabric series is woven using a warp of a drapilux classic – drapilux 102. The new drapilux 104 fabric boasts a width of 300 cm, sustainable content, and suitability for use as a throw. The block print comes in a variety of colours – 36 in total – predominantly in neutral and near-neutral shades.
Article drapilux 131 features a downscaled print design with Scandinavian flair. The fabric is printed on the basic quality of article drapilux 104, meaning it also contains sustainably produced fibre content. Four colourways in delicate, neutral shades lend the room-high design a certain generosity.