Hundreds of people visited Carrington Textiles’ stand at A+A, the largest international trade fair of for safety, security and health at work, which took place the first week of November in Düsseldorf.
Boasting more than 200 square metres over two floors, the stand was equipped with 4 meeting rooms, 2 bars and plenty of meeting space to make sure customers had the best experience during their visit.
Visitors learnt about our developments in workwear, flame retardant, waterproof and defence fabric ranges, as well as the highlight of the show- the Balance Range. This brand new collection of fabrics has been manufactured using techniques that lessen the impact on the environment.
Carrington Textiles also shared the tangible steps being taken to ensure our operations are not affected by Brexit.
On this topic, Managing Director Neil Davey commented: “We have a production and sales presence across multiple locations worldwide, including Portugal, where we operate a joint venture with MGC Acabamentos Texteis, one of Europe’s largest dyeing and finishing production facilities. We have made available the necessary additional capacity within MGC, giving us a base in continental Europe from which to manufacture and distribute, ensuring that we can not only meet the ongoing needs of customers from within the EU but do so efficiently and without any potential administration delays across geographical borders.”
We used our presence at A+A to highlight our commitment to more sustainable practices in the textile industry.
As part of this commitment we launched our Balance Range; a collection of fabrics that have been manufactured using five sustainable technologies including recycled polyester, REMO cotton, Tencel fibres, and Vortex-spun yarn (MVS), with materials sourced in compliance with the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI). Each of these methods are designed to minimise the environmental impact at different stages – including in the fabric’s production, during usage and at end-of-life.
This greener range includes Delamere 195 and Arden 260, which are both composed of recycled polyester from Repreve – made from plastic bottles otherwise destined for landfill. Denver, Detroit, Tacano and Tomahawk were produced with Vortex-spun cotton yarns, making up 35% of their blend.
Tencel has also been incorporated into two further fabrics – Varese and Coolcel 200 Plus. This material is sourced by transforming wood pulp into cellulosic fibres using a solvent-spinning process which recycles water and reuses the solvent at a recovery rate of over 99%.
Further to Carrington Textiles’ sustainability pledge, the company has partnered with its biggest customer in Finland, Lindstrom, for the ‘REMO bag’ project, a scheme that recycles old garments into Carrington’s Arden 260 which is then used to make reusable shopping bags. The aim of the project is to reduce textile waste and the use of plastic bags in supermarkets.
Lindstrom Product Manager, Elina Harjanne, said: “We are excited to run this project alongside Carrington Textiles. We are always looking for innovative and more sustainable solutions for our operations, and the Remo bag is a great example of taking one step towards a full circular journey of textiles.”
Carrington’s workwear range welcomed Kara, a new fabric developed with a 50% cotton and 50% polyester construction that combines the comfort of cotton and the hardwearing properties of polyester, ideal for shirting and blousewear.
Flameban Max 260 was announced as an addition to the manufacturer’s flame retardant (FR) collection. This fabric is a lighter version of the company’s Flameban Max 310 and their first inherently flame resistant fabric with Protal 5, a technology that offers improved mechanical and performance properties.
Also newly included to Carrington’s FR range is Flamestat Satin 300, a heavier version of the successful multifunctional Flamestat Satin 225. This new fabric features a cotton reverse for comfort and polyester face for durability, which makes a product that is comfortable to use without compromising the safety of the wearer.