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Comfort by De Ploeg

De Ploeg: putting people first!
Comfort is the state of mind that makes people feel good about their living
environment. A pleasant internal climate promotes this sense of well-being and comprises:

  • visual comfort
  • thermal / climatic comfort
  • acoustic comfort
  • comfort in use

These comfort values underlie the rethinking of characteristics in developing
Climatex fabrics.* Thermal & climatic: The multiple layers used in creating the construction eliminate humidity and heat. Climatex® achieves for upholstery fabrics what GORE-TEX® does in fashion.

 

Raw materials and the environment

Easy to recycle – a good feeling!
Curtains and upholstery fabrics made by De Ploeg are known for their high quality and long lifespan. De Ploeg works on clean production processes and reuse. Cradle to cradle, from the beginning to the final reflection about raw materials and reuse. Climatex fabrics are developed and produced using EPEA* approved production processes.

* Michael Braungart is one of the inventors of the C2C concept and founder of EPEA, the centre where C2C production processes are inspected and certified.

Cradle to Cradle

Climatex develops products and services which follow the Cradle to Cradle principle from the initial idea right through to use. Innovations always take sustainability into account. Climatex certifies its products and processes in accordance with the highest standards of sustainability. These standards are verified in accordance with the principles of Cradle to Cradle. Cradle to Cradle is an international system for the development and certification of sustainable economic feasibility.

Principles

Climatex considers nature, where waste equals food, to be its role model. This means that all products return to the cycle of manufacture, consumption and renewal at the end of their useful life. Biological and technical cycles result in beneficial values and do not result in waste.
Cradle to Cradle uses renewable energies, protects the ecosystem and uses natural resources efficiently. Cradle to Cradle promotes the development of diverse products and services. The system counters the principles of saving and reducing with a fundamental paradigm change. Manufacture and consumption are natural processes within this development.

More about cradle to cradle

Climatex products are designed in such a way that they are returned to their respective cycles as biological nutrients and synthetic fibers once their useful life has come to an end.

Climatex develops cyclical metabolisms enabling a near-natural method of production and constantly reusing materials. Certificates are issued after the evaluation of all processes from the extraction and acquisition of the raw materials through packaging and processing to recycling.

Biological cycle

Climatex exclusively uses materials which are classified as biological nutrients. They can be composted, are suitable for biogas harvesting, and can even be used in ash form as fertilizer once burnt.
The natural fibrous raw materials new wool, ramie and Redesigned Lenzing FR are designed and dyed in such a way that they can be reused in the biological cycle. For this purpose, they are broken down into biological nutrients that assist biological systems such as, for example, plant growth. In turn, the renewable raw materials form the basis for new products.

Technical cycle

Climatex uses select chemicals which are particularly safe for both processors and users and which are suitable for the cycle.
The proportion of polymers in Climatex fabrics, called Cradura™, can be returned to the technical cycle entirely, can be decomposed into its basic chemical components and reassembled into a new yarn or other products.

Testing process

 

The Cradle to Cradle testing process refer to: materials, material reuse, energy, water and social responsibility.

                                                                                            

Selection

The raw materials used for Climatex are chosen to adhere to high ecological demands. Every batch of natural fibers is tested for plausibility and explicitly released for processing. The quality of the raw materials, substances, energy forms and manufacturing processes remains constant and is certified by the EPEA Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency in Hamburg, Germany.

Testing

All materials are tested in terms of their origin and composition. Every new batch of wool and ramie is tested again before being spun, particularly for any insecticide residue.

Energy & water

The reduction of the amount of water and energy required for manufacturing fabrics includes spinning, dyeing, weaving and finishing. The renewable energy part is 50 percent.

Colors

The pigments used for dyeing are picked in accordance with their regeneration profiles. Only 16 out of 1,600 possible dyes fulfill the strict requirements imposed for Climatex. Nonetheless, virtually all color variations can be created.

Dyeing, the most energy-intensive process, is powered with 90-percent renewable energy. Production systems and processes comply with the strictest ecological constraints.

Finishing

Proven fiber blends are twisted into highly compact yarns. Fabrics of optimal density are manufactured on latest-generation production systems without chemical additives. Hydrodynamic, mechanical and thermal finishing techniques ensure the fabrics’ visual appeal, texture and easy-care properties.

Certificate

At the end of the testing process, the product is awarded the Cradle to Cradle certificate in gold, silver or bronze.

                                                 

Oeko-Tex

Alongside the holistic Cradle to Cradle certification, the Climatex fabrics are Oeko-Tex-certified. That means, tested security for perfectly healthy fabric products. For companies in the textile and clothing industries, this certificate provides a uniform standard for evaluating possible harmful substances in fabrics.

Click here for the Oeko-Tex certificate.          

De Ploeg:
Postbus 298
NL-5700 AG Helmond
The Netherlands
t 0492 386470
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sales@deploeg.com

Projects?

De Ploeg's Project Team is ready to be of assistance for questions, swatches, the specifications service, measurements and any other matters. Please contact De Ploeg's Project team on +31 (0)492 38 64 60 during office hours.