Introducing a sustainable window furnishing choice

Simone Cook
Written by Simone Cook
Russells Consultant
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Did you know, over 400 million tonnes of plastic is produced every year. A whopping 40% of that plastic is only used once before being thrown out. And since plastic has only been widely used since the 1960s, all we really know about how long it takes to break down is that it won’t be anytime soon. In recent years, we at Russells, like our customers, have sought to find ways we can contribute to the reduce, reuse and recycle movement. That’s why we’ve introduced our Eco range, a collection of quality sustainable fabrics crafted from recycled plastic bottles.

Introducing our Eco collection

These polyester fabrics are either made from 100% recycled yarn or a blend of new and recycled yarns, with some repurposing up to an incredible 30 bottles per metre. That’s right - 30 bottles not going into landfill or polluting waterways.

Our Eco range fabrics don’t feel like you might think; they are soft, durable and colourfast, and available in a wide range of classic and contemporary colours, prints and textures.

There are three choices within the collection, each in a variety of colourways.

Sienna repurposes 12 bottles/metre and is a blend of 47% recycled polyester and 53% new. Milan and Madrid are both 100% recycled polyester that repurpose 30 and 16 bottles/metre respectively.

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How do plastic bottles become curtains?

To make the fabric for our Eco range, plastic bottles are first separated, cleaned and sorted at a recycling plant. Next, the bottles are shredded and rewashed before being melted down to form flakes or pellets. This raw material is then melted a second time to create a flowing and durable yarn, which is used to weave our beautiful Eco range of fabrics. This is delivered to us at Russells where we turn them into beautifully crafted custom- made curtains and roman blinds.

Our Eco range fabrics meet the Global Recycled Standard

The Global Recycled Standard (GRS) is a voluntary product standard for tracking and verifying the content of recycled materials in a final product. The standard applies to the full supply chain and addresses traceability, environmental principles, social requirements, chemical content and labelling.

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