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Robust workwear with CiCLO

Techtextil showcase of new fabrics as alternatives to bestselling Tomboy range.

31st May 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Adlington, United Kingdom


As the first textile manufacturer to apply biodegradable technology in the production of workwear fabrics, the focus of UK-headquartered Carrington Textiles at Techtextil 2022 will be on the new Orca and Hawksbill ranges, as well Flamestat 250, the company’s latest flame retardant fabric.

Orca and Hawksbill contain CiCLO,  an additive that is combined with polyester at the start of the fibre making process. When CiCLO polyester ends up in the environment either through washing or end of life of the garment, it behaves like a natural fibre, in turn reducing microplastic pollution and textile accumulation.

Hawksbill’s composition includes 65% CiCLO polyester and 35% organic cotton, while Orca incorporates 26% recycled CiCLO polyester, 29% virgin CiCLO polyester and 35% Better Cotton. Hawksbill and Orca are the sustainable alternative to the company’s bestselling Tomboy fabric.

The two fabrics are produced to rigorous quality standards to not only offer the best performance and durability to the end user, but also greatly reduce their impact on the environment.

“It’s great to be able to attend exhibitions once again,” said Carrington managing director Neil Davey. “We have invested a great deal of resources into R&D to bring these sustainable fabrics to market and have already had excellent feedback from customers and partners. We are delighted to be showing them face to face to customers and all those interested at Techtextil”.

Contrary to the business model of fast fashion retailers, the increasing the life of garments is a key focus for Carrington, with the utilisation of fabrics that can withstand industrial washes and multiple uses.

The performance of Flamestat 250 gsm, a new member of the Flamestat family, is guaranteed to last the lifetime of the garment due to its robust construction. With 75% cotton, 24% polyester and 1% antistatic, this fabric’s flame retardancy is to the standards EN ISO 11612, EN ISO 14116 index 3 and EN ISO 11611, while its antistatic properties are to the EN ISO 1149-3-5 standard.

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