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Ventile develops two new sustainable Eco fabrics

Tom Bottomley
07 June 2021

Textile manufacturer Ventile, the brand known for its performance textiles worn by explorers such as Ranulph Fiennes and Sir Edmund Hillary, is launching two new fabrics this summer as part of its growing Eco range.

The Ventile Eco 420 and Ventile Eco 430 are machine washable 100% recycled cotton fabrics that challenge what is possible with coarse recycled yarns. The higher-weight, contrasting weaves used in the textiles are markedly different from anything produced by the brand before.

Combining a coarse, heavier-weight recycled yarn with weaving techniques known as a ‘Twill’ weave, and a ‘Panama’ weave, gives the fabric its rigid properties as well as making it suitable for machine washing.

Unlike many recycled fabrics on the market, both the 420 and 430 are made from 100% recycled cotton. The fabrics are sourced from pre-consumer off-cuts which are then stripped and re-purposed into the finished product.

As possibly expected from a brand that made its name from weather-proof breathable fabrics, both the 420 and 430 have been tested to 300mm pressure under a hydrostatic head test.

With a weight of 420g and 430g respectively, the new fabrications are the heaviest weight fabrics to be available from Ventile and “offer designers a great ecological option for shoes, bags, and mid-weight jackets.”

Ventile Marketing Manager, Daniel Odermatt, said: “When we go through the process of developing a new fabric, we are always guided by our heritage. The inspiration behind the 430 and 420 fabrics is the drive to innovate, just like the scientists that developed Ventile back in 1943. For these new products we wanted to add a different dimension to our Eco range and play with how we use colour and course yarns in our fabric, and we are thrilled with the results.”

Harnessing the heritage of constructing innovative fabrics, Ventile launched its first recycled cotton range in 2018 with the Ventile Eco Recycled 400, a higher-weight recycled fabric.

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