Cotton will retain 24-27 times its own weight in water and is stronger when wet than dry. | The largest sewn cushion was 33 feet by 33 feet. | Natural fabrics are made from fibers of animal coats, silkworm cocoons, plant seeds, leaves and stems. Common are wool, cotton, silk, linen, hemp, ramie, and jute. | Kevlar, a synthetic fiber developed by DuPont in 1965, was first commercially used in the early 1970s as a replacement for steel in racing tires.

Guilford of Maine ® and Terratex ® Fabric Selection

Acousti Suede

Anchorage 2335

Auster 2537

Bailey 2299

Belgrade 4052

Birdseye 2748

Block Party 2538

Carrara 3354

Chance 2656

Cirrus 2131

Coastline 3495

Cordial 4055

Cosmos 2655

Crosstown 2526

Drift 2539

FR 701 2100

Groove 3497

Here & Now 4138

Hopscotch 2823

Koeda 2564

Lido 2858

Lily Pad 2318

Mingle 2527

Network 4158

Nitro 2317

Phone Tag 2314

Pod 2543

Regatta 2400

Sand 2658

Snapshot 3499

Silkweave 3161

Spinel 3582

Streetwise 2721

Swizzle Stick 2322

Tempest 2120

Timberline 3903

Universe 2455

Zirconia 3583

Guilford of Maine ® and Terratex ®

Fabrics that make a material difference.

Introduced in 1995, Terratex commercial fabrics are now widely recognized as the textile industry’s most innovative and important stride toward increased sustainability. Everything about Terratex – from its raw materials to what can be done with it at the end of a product’s useful life – is designed to tread lighter on the earth. Which makes it an excellent choice for everyone trying to do likewise.

What goes in it and why it matters
Terratex is made from 100% recycled polyester (largely post-consumer plastic soda pop bottles) or renewable materials (such as PLA which is derived from corn). So unlike fabrics that use virgin polyester, Terratex works to conserve petroleum resources – and everyone knows that’s a good thing these days.

The skinny on leaner production
The manufacturing processes we, Guilford of Maine, use to make Terratex are deliberately designed to reduce the environmental impact of our operations. Our TerraCHECK™ system scrutinizes the dyes and chemicals we use to the smallest unit and specifies that only ones meeting the highest environmental standards can go into Terratex. We’re also increasing our use of renewable energy such as wind and solar to power our production plants. Over 20 percent of the energy Guilford of Maine uses today comes from renewable sources.

No compromise on quality
We don’t expect you to go easy on Terratex just because it goes easy on the environment. In fact, we insist that every Terratex fabric performs to the same high standards as our other products, including that it meets or exceeds all ACT performance tests.
Closing the loop
Finally, all Terratex fabrics are made to be recycled or composted at the end of their service life – instead of thrown into a landfill. Guilford of Maine is going the next step, too, by developing programs such as ReSKU ® to actually reclaim our fabrics years later and return them to the supply chain as raw materials for new products.

Much more to come.

Terratex is an important and burgeoning initiative for Guilford of Maine. There’s much more to learn about it than this page can tell. Come back here in coming months and we’ll fill you in on the rest of the story.

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