Following a specific request from one of its customers, Flukso has indeed performed specific tests on the different stages of development of the two mock leathers.
This need arises from the willingness of producers of upholstered furniture to participate in tenders or public supplies that precisely require this type of certification.
Minimum Environmental Criteria: fibers that make up the fabrics.
In particular, to obtain certifications it is necessary that the fabrics comprise at least one of these fiber categories:
– natural fibers of plant origin (cotton and other cellulose, flax and other raffia-derived fibers);
– synthetic fibers, produced from synthetic polymers such as acrylic, elastane, polyamide, polyester and polypropylene;
– artificial fibers, obtained from polymers of plant origin (cupro, modal, viscose and acetate).
Fabrics must also be recyclable: specifically, the composition of the fibers from which they are made must guarantee their recyclability; alternatively, they must be mainly made of natural fibers.
Minimum Environmental Criteria: environmental impact of textile products.
When assessing compliance with Minimum Environmental Criteria, the question of the environmental impact of textile products is also taken into consideration.
The most significant environmental impact of fiber production depends on the fiber mixture of which the fabric is made.
For example, with regard to the toxic effects on human health related to the production of fibers, the greatest impact is associated with the processes required to manufacture acrylic, followed by viscose and linen, while regarding eco-toxicity in the aquatic environment, cotton production is responsible for the greatest levels of environmental impact.
Impacts related to the fabric production phase, however, concern energy consumption, water and atmospheric pollution and predominantly refer to dyeing, functional coating finishing and printing.
The magnitude of environmental impact depends on the number and features of aesthetic-functional finishes in the textile product.
Minimum Environmental Criteria: the Secret and Extrema AU fabric collections pass all tests.
The features of fibers and their mixtures determine the profile of “environmental quality” of textile products; for this reason, the fabrics of the two collections successfully underwent in-depth checks regarding technical specifications: from wording on the label to change to size during washing and drying. Among the technical features examined, there are also: color resistance to water wash, sweating, dry or wet rubbing, and artificial light, seam durability, and resistance to tearing.
Minimum Environmental Criteria: working conditions along the supply chain.
Finally, as regards the social features of textile products, the Secret and Extrema AU fabric collections were also analyzed in terms of packaging (cutting and sewing), dyeing, printing and finishing (functional treatments and finishing).