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The Bouclé series of textured materials features a rich texture to provides visual interest. The pattern is an interpretation of fine knitwear into a woven textile that is durable, modern and easy to clean.

The range can be used for floor tiles, wall-to-wall flooring, floormats and wall textiles in pink, yellow, orange, turquoise and mixed colours. The range features five variations.

In the TerraStrand, of petroleum-based plasticisers in the Chilewich yarns are substituted for phthalate-free, renewable vegetable compounds. Plasticisers have traditionally been made from petroleum-based compounds and are used to make PVC yarns soft, but the manufacturer is departing from this tradition with the new compounds.

BioFelt uses a PVC-free tile backing system that works with all the manufacturer’s fabrics. The backing is made from recycled water bottles, renewable vegetable compounds and post-industrial materials. The total recycled content of the tile exceeds 55% and can contribute to achieving certifications in environmental stewardship programmes worldwide.

For the Green Label Plus flooring, Chilewich has received certification by the Carpet and Rug Institute. The guidelines protect indoor air quality by mandating low VOC products. These wall-to-wall and tile flooring has earned the manufacturer LEED points, and is recognised by the U.S. Green Building Council.

A range of upholstery fabrics, GreenGuard is certified by the Greenguard Environmental Institute. This certification is also recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council and means that these fabrics also earn LEED points.

Finally, Microban is used in contract products. Microban has antimicrobial protection which works continuously for the lifetime of the product to inhibit the growth of stain- and odour-causing bacteria, mould and mildew. The protection is suited to any healthcare, hospitality, home or office environment where microbes are a concern.

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