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New bio-based fabric launches at London Design Festival

Ultrafabrics, manufacturer of high-performance fabrics, previews its first product with bio-based ingredients, during 100% Design (18-21 September) as part of the London Design Festival.

Ultraleather® | Volar Bio, will be presented as part of the Material Driven exhibition, ‘Material Studio’ and signifies a new direction for the brand.

Committed to reducing dependency on finite resources, Ultrafabrics has incorporated renewable plant-based materials into the multiple layers of the unique product construction.

Corn-based content is used to prepare polyols for polycarbonate polyurethane resin and wood pulp-based materials are incorporated into the twill backcloth.

Volar Bio was created with both functionality and sustainability in mind and has a 29% BioPreferred Program Label. The BioPreferred® programme is managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and is designed to provide useful information to consumers about the bio-based content of a product.

“As the leader of high-performance fabrics, we have to answer the future needs of our customers,” says Toyohiko Nakagawa, Director of Ultrafabrics Holdings and President of Daiichi Kasei Co. Ltd. (DKK), the division responsible for manufacturing and engineering.

“Over 4 years ago we partnered with a boutique supplier and challenged them to create custom naturally derived ingredients that would improve our sustainability profile without sacrificing the renowned aesthetics and durability of Ultrafabrics. We are pleased with the final product and look forward to upholding our commitment to a greener future while moving our product category in a new direction.”

Ultrafabrics aims to pioneer innovative materials that conserve resources and protect the wellbeing of people and the planet. Volar Bio marks the beginning of the company’s dedicated journey towards a sustainable future.

By 2025, the company’s goal is to include bio-based ingredients and/or recycled content in 50% of new product introductions. By 2030 that goal will increase to 100% with existing collections evaluated along the way. The brand is addressing sustainability from all aspects including product quality, material innovation and transparency.

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