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F.R.E.S.H. Ideas From Valley Forge
Valley Forge, the largest supplier of decorative upholstery fabrics for the hospitality industry worldwide is introducing its Technical Bedding Specifications book. An industry first, the 59-page guide includes all the details required for appropriate and varied customized bedding.
According to Senior Vice President Diana Dobin, the Valley Forge Bedding Technical Specification Guide will be delivered to the hospitality marketplace - including owners, managers, designers, executive housekeepers and facilities managers - by May 1st, 2009.
An important section of the guide is devoted to F.R.E.S.H. (Fabrics Redefining Environmental Standards (for) Hospitality), Valley Forge’s sustainable bedding program. FRESH fabrics are made from synthetic yarns derived from pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled products – not blends. Hence, they are 100% recyclable and may be sent to a recycling facility at the end of their useful life.
According to the company, “We are the only textile company to date that has a reclamation program in place to facilitate the recycling of all FRESH products. Making a recyclable product is important, but without offering our process, hotels will have no way to actually recycle. We will take back FRESH product and recycle it for various end uses that today’s technologies allow. We currently recycle FRESH product into blankets, foam for pillows, plastics for car interiors, and other various plastics in the open market. We are working hard to develop the possibility of up-cycling textiles back into textiles, but we are a few years from this point as of today.
“When the program was first developed 3 years ago, we decided that Valley Forge needed one major benchmark to make the greatest environmental impact that we could. Using post consumer and pre-consumer recycled polyester is a major step, but Valley Forge recognizes that this is just step 1 in what should be a fully closed loop process.&rdquo
Well, that’s re-FRESH-ing!