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Greener Fabrics

When Sunbrella introduced its outdoor farbric in 1961, its creators promoted it as a smart, economical alternative to cotton canvas, lasting decades on sunny porches rather than fading and tearing after just a few years. But recognizing that durability can be quite the opposite of compostability, Sunbrella manufacturer Glen Raven recently gave the fabric a lighter footprint.

The Sunbrella Renaissance Heritage line is an upholstery fabric made from 50 percent recycled scraps and fibers gleaned from the company’s factories and cutting tables. Gina Wicker, the design and creative director of Glen Raven, says the Heritage line is unique in outdoor fabrics and represents the culmination of years of work for the company. “This was a big step for us,” she says, “and it’s one that we are very proud to have taken.” 

Landscape designer Sean Knibb used Sunbrella to cover a cube of foam for a sturdy and playful seating solution—the yardage's uses are only limited by your imagaination.

Garden Design
May 2012