Ultrafabrics’ Brisa performance fabric with recycled backcloth

Ultrafabrics’ Brisa performance fabric with recycled backcloth: made of eight plastic bottles per yard. The announcement is part of a sustainability report that finds the brand speeding past set targets.

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ULTRAFABRICS, the world’s leading producer of high-quality performance fabrics in 11 global markets, has announced a re-release of its legacy brand Brisa with a recycled backcloth made of EIGHT plastic bottles per yard of fabric. The company has also diversified the colour offering by including nine new curated shades for a total of 54.

A trusted legacy brand offers sustainability without sacrifice

For almost 25 years Ultrafabrics’ Brisa performance fabric has been a go-to for designers and specifiers across all markets including furniture and commercial environments, because of its breathable technology and exceptional haptics. This high-tech performance fabric is an animal-free leather alternative that integrates Ultrafabrics’ proprietary ventilation system and promotes airflow for ultimate seating comfort.

Nicole Meier, Head of Branding at Ultrafabrics, explains the company’s approach:

“This relaunch of Brisa is one of many sustainability focused initiatives we’re doing to reach our aggressive goals as a manufacturing company. Independent analysis says we are ahead of our competitors, but we aren’t looking over our shoulders. The goal to achieve sustainability without a sacrifice in haptics, comfort or performance is our only focus.”

EIGHT plastic bottles per yard with trusted global fiber partnerships

Brisa will be the first full collection to include recycled polyester and responsibly-sourced rayon in the backing. It supports Ultrafabrics’ material innovation goal to include more renewable and/or recycled materials across its portfolio.

The recycled polyester is derived from pre- and post- consumer waste including recycled plastic bottles and post-industrial waste to create high-quality yarns. Ultrafabrics uses polyester yarn which includes an estimated 8.3 recycled plastic bottles per yard* of fabric in its legacy Brisa collection. *equivalent to 7.5 bottles per linear meter.

The rayon fibers are transparently sourced from various sustainable wood inputs from certified and controlled forests that meet strict sustainability requirements. By 2025, all Ultrafabrics products sold to furniture, healthcare, recreational vehicle, marine, aviation and accessories markets will have reached their goal of including at least 50% rapidly renewable and/or recycled resources. This is five years ahead of the original goal.

Uniting Japanese craftsmanship, state-of-the-art technology, and sustainably focused innovation, Ultrafabrics materials are designed to make a difference.

Nine new colours

Nine new, carefully curated colours have been added to the Brisa collection. The new additions express a renewed energy and excitement that uplifts the existing palette. Joining the collection are Ice Pink, Mystic Beige, Clear Quartz, Hazey, Lamb’s Ear, Honeydew, Harbor Mist, Rising Tide, and Yukon Gold.

About Ultrafabrics 

Ultrafabrics creates materials for tomorrow by uniting Japanese craftsmanship and purposeful innovation. Based in state-of-the-art engineering, Ultrafabrics design intelligent, next-generation materials that combine high-performing functionality and comfort in an array of design styles that speak to the senses. Focused on unlimited creativity, lasting durability and greener solutions, Ultrafabrics is always innovating and evolving — with people and planet in mind.

This next generation of non-leather performance fabric has been trusted by the most prestigious global brands across industries, including Virgin Galactic, MillerKnoll, Jaguar Land Rover and Fitbit.

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