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Aug. 6, 2013

Plant-Based Textiles

(carnegies spotlight) Material thumbnailBy Diana Mosher, Editorial Director

Since its development more than 30 years ago by textile manufacturer Carnegie, Xorel® fabrics have provided an eco-friendly alternative to PVC materials. Categorized as a high performance interior textile, Xorel can be used for wallcovering, panel and upholstery applications. And this material was so innovative that it secured a spot in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution.

Multifamily designers appreciate Xorel’s durability and cleanability especially for high traffic common areas in apartment properties. Now, after seven years of research and development, Carnegie has introduced an innovative Biobased Xorel with an impressive 60 to 85 percent (depending on pattern) plant-based content.

It’s a major breakthrough, especially when you consider the U.S. government standard requires only 25 percent plant-based content to carry the biobased label. Biobased Xorel has been fully vetted through third-party certifiers, and it has achieved Gold Level Cradle-to-Cradle certification. It also contributes toward LEED points in multiple categories including renewable materials and indoor air quality.

The rollout begins with six products, including the re-launch of three classic patterns: Strie, Nexus, and Dash. Three new
patterns—embroideries Abacus and Topiary, and embossed design Veneer—are also part of the Biobased Xorel launch. The six designs
are offered in a range of 91 colorways.

“Carnegie has been committed to raising the bar in creative materials that combine performance, design, and sustainability,” says Carnegie President Cliff Goldman. “We’re extremely proud to have developed this product that looks and performs exactly like the original Xorel, proving that enhanced sustainability doesn’t have to trade off beauty and durability.”

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