Resistant, washable and durable.
These are the characteristics that define the quality of a PVC fabric, a high-performance material that guarantees durability and performance that is far superior to that of natural fabrics. When we talk about technical performance, we mainly mean the mechanical, weathering and UV-resistance of fabrics.
The standards envisaged by currents tests are often not sufficiently stringent to allow the high performance of our fabrics to be effectively assessed: this is why Plastitex has decided to implement more stringent standards when testing the quality of our fabrics.
To understand what we are talking about, we can compare the mechanical strength of a vinyl polymer fabric to that of a cotton sheet. Cotton does not normally exceed 120/140 kg per 5 cm; this may seem like a lot, however a basic PVC fabric performs at least twice as well.
As well as mechanical strength, fabrics are also assessed for their light fastness or colour fastness following exposure to UV rays. This is assessed using the Xenotest: standard Plastitex fabrics are able to achieve 2,000 hours, while sea range fabrics can achieve double that. The 100% recyclable Ecolefine range can achieve as much as 5,000 hours. On the other hand, natural fibre such as cotton achieves no more than 50 hours of sunlight exposure to sunlight.
PVC fabrics are easy to wash. This is due to the structure of the fibres and smooth surface that allows quickly and easy cleaning and maintenance. Plastitex, has worked on the fabric's weft and created a patent design for the sea market. By widening the holes in the weft, sand slides off the fabric's surface more easily, which means that sun loungers are quicker to clean making life easier for those who work in the sector.
Durability is an important part of a product's sustainability.
Plastitex fabrics have been designed to last and be easily managed: outdoor fabrics are guaranteed for up to 4 years without any need for maintenance.
In a sector such as the outdoor sector, which demands high performance products, certifications are often not enough to provide customers with additional answers. This is why we decided to take it a step further and create an internal analysis process with more stringent standards that exceed those of the common certifications.
We wanted to accurately measure the reliability of our fabrics and extend the duration of the warranty. We had one initial goal: to extend the minimum warranty established by existing certifications by an additional two years. Or to double the duration of the warranty for products subject to large amounts of mechanical stress that must provide high levels of performance, given that they are intended for professional use.
At Plastitex, we do not see certifications as an end in themselves, but they are assessment tools that allow us to make a commitment to our customers.
It is for this reason that we refer to them as internal assessments and their aim is to ensure our products are reliable, to provide customers with security and allow us to be certain of the quality of the products we launch on the market.
Nowadays there is a construction industry certification that attests to a building's global impact in terms of sustainability. This is Greenguard Gold certification. In order to meet certification requirements, each individual building component, including internal furnishings, is measured in terms of environmental sustainability. The aim is for all components to be low impact.
At Plastitex, we too have decided to obtain certification from the UL certifying body, to be assessed in accordance with the Green Guard Gold standard, which is especially important for fabrics intended for indoor use.
Many of our fabrics, such as the Amaite and Ecolefine ranges, have already obtained certification; the next step is to obtain certification for all Plastitex fabrics intended for indoor use.
The aim of the certification is to provide a suitable solution for the indoor sector and thus contribute to the environmental sustainability of the building as a whole. This means providing added value to the implementation of the whole project.